Colin Churchett

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 Career Highlights
  • GFC League Player Number: 278
  • GFC League Debut: Round 1, 1943
  • Glenelg 19431954
    • 144 games
    • 555 goals
  • 7 matches for South Australia, 30 goals
  • Six time leading goal kicker for Glenelg
  • Kicked over 100 goals in seasons 1950 (105 goals) and 1951 (102 goals)
  • SANFL Leading Goal Kicker, 4 years
  • Inducted SANFL Hall of Fame 2002
  • Member Glenelg Hall of Fame
  • played 1 game for South Melbourne (VFL) 1944

* Stats current to end of 1954

Colin Churchett 1953


  • Born: 30 January 1926
  • Height: 180 cm
  • Weight: 74 kg
  • Recruited from:
  • Previous Club:
  • GFC League Debut: 1943

Guernsey Numbers: 8, 5.

Nickname: Churchy

Full forward Colin Churchett achieved the distinction of being the first post-World War Two footballer in the SANFL to register 100 goals in a season. He managed the feat twice, in 1950 and 1951, and all told kicked 555 goals in his 145 game league career (which includes one game played with South Melbourne in 1944, while on war service in Victoria).

With characteristic eloquence, Jeff Pash described Churchett as "a wizard when it came to the matter of directing the essentially irregular object that is a football through the goals". He did this with almost equal facility in weak Glenelg teams as he did when the club was battling for the premiership. Although not a particularly long kick, his unerring accuracy extended to both feet, a comparatively rare capability at the time. He was equally effective from a snap shot or when kicking on the run, but formidable ground play was his acknowledged forté, with his ability to get boot tellingly to ball in awkward situations unparalleled among South Australian full forwards of his time.

Churchett topped Glenelg's goal kicking list six times in seven years and only Jack Owens and 'Fred' Phillis have kicked more goals in the black and gold.

See also: further images.


1. Full Points Footy article

2. Pride of the Bay


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