Almanac Teams: Number 13, lucky for some (1980- )



Rod Carter of the Swans [Source: Author]


This is a team of best players to wear the Number 13 jumper since 1980.



  • Starting 18 will be one player from each club. I have tweaked it after the Number 3 team. Brisbane Bears & Brisbane Lions will be one club, with Fitzroy, Gold Coast and GWS competing for the last two spots in starting 18.
  • Teams will try to be as balanced as possible but if a number has several rucks as its best player an alternative will be picked. I will explain my selections below the team
  • Players may appear under multiple numbers, for example Gavin Wanganeen in Number 1 & 4


Stats are based on their time in that number.



I also have two teams per number, one is a best of and the other is based on players picked for different obscure/unusual reasons like cameos, unknown brothers, fathers, known for other reasons etc.




FB:            Tom Lonergan (Geel)              Rod Carter (Syd)                     Cameron O’Shea (PA)


CHB:        Martin Pike (Bris/NM)           John Law (VC) (NM)              Adem Yze (Melb)


C:              Mil Hanna (Carl)                      Clayton Oliver (Melb)            Michael Long (Ess)


CHF:        Daniel Giansiracusa (WB)      Phil Egan (Rich)                      Tendai Mzungu (Freo)


FF:            Bernie Harris (Fitz)                 Taylor Walker (C) (Adel)       Adam Schneider (St.K)


Ruck:        Simon Taylor (Haw)               Dale Thomas (Coll)                 Luke Shuey (DVC) (WCE)


Interchange: Taylor Adams (Coll), Paul Dear (Haw), Allen Jakovich (Melb), Darren Williams (Ess)


Emergencies: Glenn Kilpatrick (Geel), Phil Maylin (Carl), Brett Voss (St.K) Chris Yarran (Carl)


Coach: Allan Joyce



No Gold Coast or GWS player in the starting 18, Melbourne have two players

Martin Pike (Brisbane) also wore 13 at North Melbourne




Games in Number 13 (Years Played)

Tom Lonergan 209 (2005-2017)

Rod Carter 217 (1980-1990)

Cameron O’Shea 81 (2011-2016)

Martin Pike 81 at North Melbourne (1997-2000) 106 at Brisbane (2001-2005)

John Law 217 (1979-1989)

Adem Yze 262 (1996-2008)

Mil Hanna 189 (1989-1997)

Clayton Oliver 108 (2016- )

Michael Long 141 (1991-2001)

Daniel Giansiracusa 265 (2001-2014)

Phil Egan 125 (1982-1990)

Tendai Mzungu 102 (2011-2016)

Bernie Harris 46 (1984-1986)

Taylor Walker 211 (2009- )

Adam Schneider 130 (2008-2015)

Simon Taylor – 85 Games 2005-2010

Dale Thomas 157 (2006-2013)

Luke Shuey 215 (2010- )

Taylor Adams 124 (2014- )

Paul Dear 123 (1987-1996)

Allen Jakovich 49 (1991-1994)

Darren Williams 98 (1984-1989)




The Number 13 side does not feature a Gold Coast or GWS player with means there is a vacancy in the starting 18. Melbourne had a surplus of 13s so I have put both Yze and Oliver into the starting 18. The options for Gold Coast was maybe Callum Ah Chee (45 games in four years) and Jack Lukosius who wore 13 last year after starting in 41 and would likely be in the team in two years’ time. GWS options were Sam Darley, Tom Boyd and Isaac Cumming who is showing good signs this year and maybe also an option in 2-3 years’ time. The side has a good midfield in Oliver, Thomas, Shuey with Hanna and Long on wings and hardnosed defenders in Carter, Law and Lonergan but lacks goal kicking and would hope Jakovich plays likes it’s 1991.



Carlton also had some options for Number 13 with Phil Maylin, Mil Hanna and Chris Yarran, Collingwood had Alan Richardson, Dale Thomas and Taylor Adams, Essendon Darren Williams and Michael Long, Geelong Glenn Kilpatrick and Tom Lonergan, Melbourne had Allen Jakovich, Adem Yze and Clayton Oliver, North Melbourne John Law, Martin Pike, Leigh Adams and St Kilda Brett Voss and Adam Schneider.



The defence has good tall options in ‘Tilt’ Carter who was hard to kick a goal against, as well as Lonergan and Law. All are man-on-man defenders but very dour and not big possessions players or intercept markers. O’Shea at 193cm could play small or tall as a lockdown player. Martin Pike is an important player in the side for his intercept marking and dash, with Adem Yze also important for his dash and class. Law and O’Shea can play tall or small and maybe needed to provide a small defensive role. Others to play in defence are Egan, Hanna and Mzungu on a back flank. The other thing is that there are three players on the emergency list that can play HBF/wing in Phil Maylin, Brett Voss and Chris Yarran.



As stated earlier, the midfield is the strength of the team, with the starters in Oliver, Shuey and Thomas, all being All Australians and the wingers also All Australian in Mil Hanna and Michael Long. Thomas, Long and Shuey are the class and flair, Mil Hanna is the winger who is a great mark for his size and can help in defence and Oliver and Shuey are the hardball mids. Simon Taylor was a good tap ruck, didn’t get too many possessions but was playing okay in Hawthorn’s 2008 premiership season until the finals. Paul Dear would play as a second ruck, though he won a Norm Smith Medal as a marking CHF on the big spaces of Waverley and while Brereton and Dunstall played deep. Other players that can run through the midfield are Taylor Adams, Darren Williams, Tendai Mzungu, Bernie Harris and maybe Phil Egan on the wing.



The forward line is small with Taylor Walker at Full Forward, while Phil Egan is only 180cm and could play HFF/HBF but rarely CHF; he did manage to kick 117 goals from 126 games including two bags of seven. Paul Dear named on the bench can play at CHF and Allen Jakovich if he shows the form of 1991 where he kicked 71 goals from 14 games in his first year (67 from his last 11). Mzungu can play anywhere and would be picked more for his pressure and tackling, Schneider is a genuine goal kicking small forward who kicked five goals in a match three times. Bernie Harris maybe considered a surprise with just 46 games over three years at Fitzroy. Fitzroy though were finalists in 1984 and 1986, Harris only missed five games from his debut at Fitzroy until moving to Brisbane. He played all finals and kicked 60 goals in 46 games as a forward pocket, second rover to Gary Wilson in his first year or his brother Leon and he had personal best of five goals. Adem Yze, Martin Pike and Tom Lonergan are other players who could play forward if needed.



The interchange features a second tall forward/ruck in Paul Dear who is important for the balance of the team, Taylor Adams as a hard ball winning midfielder to help Shuey and Oliver and ‘Daisy’ Williams who was a very good rover/small forward with Alan Ezard in Essendon’s premiership era who also played for Victoria. Allen Jakovich maybe considered the lucky one. He was great to watch when he first started in 1991, finishing the season with 71 goals. In 1992 he only played 11 games due to injury for 40 goals (his best haul was seven in Round 1), in 1993 nine games for 39 goals including a bag of nine and two of eight, 13 games in 1994 for 51 goals including eight in Round 1 and the same again in Round 17 in what turned out to be his last game for Melbourne. He then retired for a year before one final (unsuccessful) year at the Bulldogs. 47 games, 201 goals.



Chris Yarran maybe the unlucky player as could fill in a gap on the backline with his run.



There are four club captains in the side: John Law, Michael Long, Taylor Walker and Luke Shuey. Taylor Walker was the clear choice as skipper having led Adelaide in the 2017 Grand Final and won the AFLPA’s best captain award.



The unlucky players were Shane Ellen (Adel), Alan Richardson (Coll), Scott Chisholm (Freo) and Leigh Adams (NM).




Phil Dimitriadis gave his version of an all-time list HERE.




Read more of Rodney’s teams HERE.






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  1. Luke Reynolds says

    Has anyone ever played a better half season than Jakovich did in 1991? He was breathtaking to watch.

    Only recall a bit of Bernie Harris’ football career (mostly his years at the Bears) but saw way too much of him batting against us for the Noorat CC for several seasons.

  2. Thanks Luke, he was Ablett esque there in 1991,especially after his three games showed nothjing or what was to come

  3. Adrian McAdam’s star shone brightly for a while in 1993, 23 goals in his first 3 games and 68 for the year.

  4. He did Gerry, big chance for the 41 team

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