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Full name  Derek Kickett
Weight  88 kg
Name  Derek Kickett

Years  Club
Height/Weight  180 cm / 88 kg
Derek Kickett with a mustache, with curly hair and sunglasses on top of it, wearing a red shirt, holding a bottle of beer while embracing a man wearing a white and red sleeveless shirt and red shorts while holding a bottle of beer.

Date of birth  (1962-10-06) 6 October 1962 (age 53)
19891990 – 19931994 – 1996Total  North MelbourneEssendonSydney
Role  Australian Rules Footballer

Original team  West Perth Football Club

Derek kickett kicks two in a minute afl collingwood v essendon round 6 1990

Derek Thomas Kickett (born 6 October 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer. Kickett played with seven different VFL/AFL, WAFL and SANFL clubs through his career.


Derek Kickett smiling with a mustache, with curly black hair, wearing a gray polo shirt and red jacket.

EJ Whitten Legends Game 2006 - Derek Kickett

Early career

On the left, a man wearing a cap, a black jacket, and a watch while holding his chin. On the right, Derek Kickett with curly black hair and a mustache and wearing a red and white jersey.

Derek is related to a number of other past and present high-profile AFL footballers from the Kickett family, including Dale Kickett and Lance "Buddy" Franklin, who are both his nephews. His other nephews are Byron Pickett and Jarrod Garlett and a well known cousin of his is Nicky Winmar.

Derek Kickett with curly black hair and a mustache, wearing a red and black jersey and white shorts.

Kickett began his senior career in the West Australian Football League with West Perth, and he was the leading goalkicker at West Perth in 1984. After falling out with the Falcons early in the 1986 season, Kickett along with veteran Peter Spencer applied for a clearance to Claremont, which at first was denied, but accepted a week later. Whilst Spencer played only two senior games for Claremont and returned for his last season to his original home at East Perth, Derek Kickett fitted in perfectly and was a key member of the Tigers’ record-breaking 1987 team that finished with twenty-one consecutive unbeaten matches and their sixth senior flag. Kickett polled 46 votes in the Sandover Medal in 1987, which was the most of any player that season, but was ineligible to win due a suspension for slapping an opponent. Kickett would have won the Sandover Medal by sixteen votes, had he been eligible.Note 1,

Derek Kickett smiling, with a mustache and curly black hair and wearing a red shirt.

In 1988, Kickett moved to Adelaide and played for Central District in the South Australian National Football League; then, in 1989, he was recruited by North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League, where he also played only one season before being delisted.

Career with Essendon

Derek Kickett with curly black hair and a mustache and wearing a red and black jersey.

In 1990, Kickett moved to the Essendon Football Club, where he played four seasons, and became a popular cult figure, known for confident playing style, high leap, evasive skills and his long kicking ability. He was a renowned exponent of the torpedo punt. He played every match in 1992 and 1993 up to the preliminary final, before being omitted from the Bombers' winning 1993 AFL Grand Final team by coach Kevin Sheedy. The omission continues to be one of the most controversial decisions of Sheedy's coaching career, but Sheedy still defends the decision, stating that Kickett's form was poor (he had a total of 15 disposals in the three finals) and that his lack of endurance would have been a specific weakness for the team against Carlton, Essendon's opponent on the day. Kickett immediately walked out on the club, and did not watch the Grand Final, nor celebrate the victory with his teammates.

Move to Sydney

Derek Kickett with curly black hair, wearing a red and black jersey, black shorts, black and white shoes, red and black socks, and holding a football ball.

After leaving Essendon, Kickett was drafted by the Sydney Swans. He played three seasons at Sydney, and his last game of AFL football was in the 1996 AFL Grand Final, which Sydney lost against North Melbourne. Kickett returned to the WAFL in 1997, and played that season with Subiaco, before retiring.

Kickett has made several appearances in the E J Whitten Legends Game. In 2007, he ran development programs for AFL Victoria working with indigenous children.


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