Jack OKeefe

Image DOB: 29 September 1915
Died: 8 March 2000

Debut: Round 5, 1939 against Geelong at Corio Oval
Last MFC Game: Round 5, 1942 against South Melbourne at Princes Park

From: Thornbury CYMS/Northcote

Number: 29 1939-1942

Premiership Player - 1939, 1940, 1941

Games: 46 (82 games)
Goals: 27 (56 games)
Career Statistics

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Follower who fell out with VFA side Northcote in 1938 and missed the entire season before joining Melbourne. He first had to negotiate a clearance from Fitzroy who had signed him in 1935.

Won a premiership as a reserve in his first season before repeating the feat as a field player in both 1940 and 1941. His 1940 Grand Final is remembered for taking Richmond's Jack Dyer out of the game. Dyer had nearly knocked Norm Smith out in the Semi Final and Checker Hughes decided to use O'Keefe - a former champion police boxer - as his shadow. With O'Keefe playing bodyguard to his teammates the Demons won a famous Grand Final victory.

He played in two more premiership victories before finishing his career with 33 games at Hawthorn and 3 at South Melbourne. In between his time at Hawthorn and South he played in Tasmania.

He returned to Northcote in 1950.

1939 1370
1940 1393
1941 1590
1942 520
Tribunal Record
Round 3, 1942 Elbowing Not Guilty

South Melbourne

Hawthorn records show his date of death as 18.12.1980. South Melbourne records show as above.
This article suggests he was injured in 1938.

The Age - 16/02/1939
The Age - 11/04/1939
Football Record R4 1947

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