Che Cockatoo-Collins

Che Cockatoo-Collins
Che Cockatoo-Collins
Personal information
Birth 5 March 1975 (1975-03-05) (age 36), Brisbane, Queensland
Recruited from Cairns Cobras (AFL Cairns)
Playing career¹
Debut Round 11, 26 March 1994, Essendon v.
West Coast, at MCG

Essendon (1994–1998)

85 games, 109 goals

Port Adelaide (1999–2003)

75 games, 106 goals

¹ Statistics to end of End of 2003 season
Career highlights

Che Cockatoo-Collins (born 5 March 1975) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

Che was born in Brisbane Queensland where he spent his childhood before moving to Cairns, Queensland where he began playing junior football with the Cairns City Cobras Australian Football Club. He moved to Adelaide with his family whilst still at school and signed up with the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL where he became noticed for his skills and pace.


Essendon career

Debuting with Essendon in 1994 as a 17-year-old, Cockatoo-Collins slowly started to improve his game. He played 16 games in the 1994 season, averaging 16 disposals per game and kicking 24 goals. He did well in the next season, but the 1996 season was to be his break-through year. He played all 24 games that his club played apart from one, kicking 37 goals and picking up 15 disposals a game. His form then dropped off in the next two seasons, eventually being traded to Port Adelaide at the end of the 1998 season.

Port Adelaide Career

Cockatoo-Collins proved in his first season at the club (1999) that he was a handy pickup. He played 12 games, kicking 23 goals. The next season however was to be a sad one for him, only playing 2 games due to persistent injury troubles. In 2001, he played 22 out of 24 games, kicking 41 goals and averaging 15 disposals in his best season yet. In the next two seasons, he was to kick 40 goals in total, but only being able to play 16 games in what was to be his last season. At the end of the 2003 season, he was delisted by Port.


Cockatoo-Collins kept on playing for the Port Adelaide Magpies, becoming a handy player in their team. He announced his retirement from the SANFL in February 2006. Cockatoo-Collins then played for United in the Adelaide Plains Football League in 2007 and 2008, missing the 2007 grand final.

Cockatoo-Collins had a small role in the 2005 Australian movie 'Look both Ways' starring William McInnes and Justine Clarke. He is the man who walks into the editors office at the start and is told to go away. He is seen photocopying in a later scene as well.

Career AFL Stats

Games - 160

Disposals - 2092

Av Disp per game - 13

Goals - 215

Behinds - 114

Accuracy - 53%

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