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Sam Kekovich

Sam Kekovich


4 CFC Games Played

4 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
11 March 1950
Recruited From
North Melbourne
Collingwood Debut
Round 13, 1977


Ex-Myrtleford. “Slamming Sam” was a footballing powerhouse whose name is usually equated to a great talent wasted. Still he managed to play in North Melbourne’s first flag side in 1975 and represent Victoria despite a litany of dramas that included throwing his boots into the Yarra during a training session under North Melbourne coach Brian Dixon, being photographed at the races when he should have been training at Arden Street, and appearing in a nude centre spread in “Truth”.

He was born in Manjimup, WA, to Yugoslav parents who had emigrated to Australia after the war.

He won North Melbourne’s best and fairest in 1969, but in the years ahead the relationship was fiery.

Kekovich was deeply affected by the death of his 17 year-old brother Michael in 1971 and he admitted that afterwards he pushed the party button for 25 years.

His flirtation with other codes involved offers to play gridiron in the US and rugby league in Sydney, and there were constant approaches from other League clubs.

In the end North Melbourne’s patience ran out and he was cleared to Collingwood where his League career fizzled to a quiet end.


CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1977 4 4 0 75%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1977 4 4 2 13 3 16 8

1977 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 13 North Melbourne W 1 1 8 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 3 1 5 1 6 8 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda W 1 1 7 2 9 8 View match >
Round 20 Hawthorn L 0 8 View match >
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 4 4 2 13 3 16
Avg/Game   1.00 0.50 3.25 0.75 4.00
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number


Total AFL Games
Total AFL Goals
CFC Debut
Round 13, 1977
CFC Last Game
Round 20, 1977
Recruited From
North Melbourne
Full Name
Sam Kekovich
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