Geoff Collins

Image DOB: 10 August 1926
Died: 14 August 2005

Debut: Round 4, 1948 against Richmond at Punt Road
Last Game: Grand Final 1954 against Footscray at MCG

From: Kew/Yallourn

Number: 3 (1948-1952), 8 (1954)

Premiership Player - 1948
Grand Final team - 1954
Captain - 1954
150 Heroes selection
Victorian state player - 1952
Life Member - 2004

Games: 88
Goals: 5
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

The son of Jack Collins, Geoff was a tough and courageous defender whose career spanned two great eras for the Demons. He was injured in the first 10 minutes of his debut and missed the next eight weeks. It was initially thought he'd missed the rest of the season but Collins returned to the side later in the year and after just a handful of senior games played on a half-back flank in the winning 1948 Grand Final Replay.

A member of the RAAF, Collins often found his football training duties impacted by service and his missed the 1953 season while serving in the Korean War. He flew 100 missions for the 77 Squadron - the last just hours before the ceasefire - and was commended for his courage. He flew with a Demon logo painted on the side of his plane.

Having returned from the war Collins was given a permanent post in South Australia. Needing a captain to replace Denis Cordner, Norm Smith and Bert Chadwick arranged for him to be transferred to Melbourne so he could return to the VFL. He was named captain in 1954, ahead of Noel McMahen. That year he played in another 1954 Grand Final, but this time came out on the losing side. It was still a remarkable achievement for a player who had missed a year of football, playing in a side that finished 11th the year before.

In June 1954 he captained an Air Force representative side against an Army side led by Melbourne Seconds player Bill McMahon.

Retiring at the end of that year, just 28 years old, he moved to Gippsland and coached the Heyfield club. He received a discharge from the RAAF and took up farming in the area.

His brother Mike played 4 games in 1961-1962.

1948 730
1949 1702
1950 1510
1951 1400
1952 1400
1954 2111
Tribunal Record
Round 10, 1952 Disputing umpire's decision Not Guilty
Round 10, 1952 Disputing umpire's decision Not Guilty

May have also played for Victoria in 1951.

Players who served during war

Shepparton Advertiser - 30/07/1948
Age - 11/08/1948
Age - 13/04/1954
Sporting Globe - 22/05/1954
Age - 02/06/1954
Bairnsdale Advertiser - 22/11/1954
Gippsland Times - 22/11/1954
Herald - 18/12/1954
News - 21/12/1954

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