JASON DUNSTALL was recruited from Coorparoo Football Club (Queensland) by the Hawthorn Hawks , played 269 Games and kicked 1254 Goals from 1985 to 1998. Dunstall is the third highest Goalkicker in VFL / AFL History and widely regarded as one of the finest Australian Football Players to have ever played the game . There are many Dunstall Afl Trading Cards and those of his team-mates available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Dunstall was very quick on the lead with strong hands in marking contests and took many diving and sliding marks throughout his career. His powerful , stocky physique enabled many opponents to be out-bodied at the contest and many tacklers were shrugged off when Dunstall was determined to score another major. He will be remembered for his high accuracy percentage for kicking Goals from set shots, but his agility to score Goals on the run from tight angles belied his build.
Jason Dunstall kicked more than 100 Goals in a Season on 6 occasions and his career best effort of 17 Goals against Richmond in 1992 is only one goal short of the all-time individual game goal-kicking record of 18 Goals. He had a great influence on the Hawthorn Hawks Team Performance , as he was not only a prime goal-kicker, but he was quite unselfish in passing the ball to team mates in better positions and was always alert to provide shepherds and tackle opposition players at the contests.
Dunstall is one of the few key forwards to have polled prominently in the Brownlow Medal Voting and was unlucky enough to finish second twice and third twice during his decorated career. He played in the Hawthorn Premiership Teams of 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991 as well as 5 successful Hawks night premierships. Dunstall is an inductee to the Australian Football League Hall of Fame and was selected in the Hawthorn Hawks Team of the Century. When you include AFL Coleman Medal wins in 1988, 1989, 1992 and Hawthorn Club Best and Fairest Awards in 1988, 1989, 1992 and 1993 together with All Australian selection in 1992 and 1994, the measure of Dunstall’s greatness is substantial.
Jason Dunstall achieved great success despite suffering some severe injuries during his lengthy career :- 1990- Fractured Skull, 1991- Severely injured ankle ligaments, 1996- Knee Reconstruction, 1997- Knee reconstruction, so it is concievable that he may have exceeded Gordon Coventry’ s Career record of 1299 Career Goals and got closer to Tony Lockett’s Milestone of 1360 Career Goals with lesser impact from injuries.
Since retiring as a player, Dunstall has been active as a Radio Football Commentator and has hosted a number of Television Shows on Australian Football with dignity and aplomb. His astute insight into our game and its vagaries has established Dunstall as a leading analyst, with his ability to be light-hearted on occasions providing a balanced appeal to a host of AFL viewers.
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