Alex Jesaulenko signs Carlton jumper for Swannies’ AFL Grand Final Party in Saigon
Posted by Vietnam Swans on September 4, 2012
This morning, Cameron Luke from Swannies’ sponsor, Lagler Australia (leaders in floor sanding supplies), had an important job to do with his son, Matthew.
Their “job” was to go and visit one of the greatest AFL/VFL footballers ever, Alex Jesaulkenko (and Alex is part of Xango Juice, another of the Swannies’ sponsors from Australia).
Cameron just happened to have a Carlton Team of the Century jumper with him which Alex very generously signed.
Woop, woop!! That jumper will now be sent to Vietnam for auction at the Vietnam Swans’ AFL Grand Final Party in Saigon.
From all the Vietnam Swans, a very special thank you to Lagler Australia and Xango Juice for donating such an amazing piece of memorabilia!!
Alex Jesaulenko in numbers (extract below from the AFL’s Hall of Fame website)
Born, 2 August, 1945
Inducted into AFL’s Hall of Fame: 1996. Elevated to Legend status: 2008
Freakish skills made him one of the most exciting footballers of all time. A spectacular mark, remarkably he did not play Australian football until the age of 14.
Playing career: 1967-1981 (Carl 1967-1979, St K 1980-1981)
Games: 279 (Carl 256, St K 23) Goals: 444 (Carl 424, St K 20)
Player honors: 3rd in Brownlow Medal 1967, 1970, 1975 (equal); Carlton Best & Fairest 1975; Carlton leading goalkicker 1969, 1970, 1971; captain Carlton 1975-1976, 1978-1979; premierships Carlton 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979 (captain-coach); AFL Team of the Century; Carlton Team of the Century; All-Australian 1969, 1972; Victoria (15 games, 37 goals).
Coaching record: Carlton 1978-1979, 1989-1990 (76 games, 53 wins, 22 losses, 1 draw); premiership 1979; St Kilda 1980-1982 (64 games, 13 wins, 49 losses, 2 draws).
Last year, Leigh Matthews ranked the 20 greatest VFL/AFL moments of all time. Matthews ranked that mark of Jesaulenko’s in the 1970 VFL Grand Final as his No. 4 moment. Click here to view the Leigh Matthews segment.
And for the trivia buffs, what did Channel 7′s Mike Williamson say after the famous line, “Jesaulenko, you beauty!”?
“Bring him oxygen!”
To see a very funny reenactment of that mark in a commercial for Toyota, click here.
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