Milan Faletic

 

It’s hard for a non-South Australian to truly appreciate the respect that Milan Faletic has within Croweater footy folklore.

 

I’ve known Mil for a few years now, thanks to my role with the Melbourne Superrules football club. Mil coaches our Legends’ team; the Over 47s. Say what you like about ‘Superfools’ footy, but under Mil’s direction, the blokes have only lost something like four games in three years. And that’s nothing to be sneezed at.

 

I reckon he might only be about a half a kilo over his playing weight from 20 years ago and while it takes him every available second between matches to get himself right to go around again, he’s always there when the whips are cracking for Melbourne; the leaders Leader. The competitive fires still burn. It’s not hard to see why he’s held in such high regard at West Torrens and Port Adelaide. You wonder if some of the guys he’s playing against realise who he is. You know that they don’t.

 

He has his own spot on the balcony of the Stuart King Pavilion at Ross Gregory Oval. Part of his post-match routine is to sink green cans while the Masters (the Reserves) and the Supers (firsts) go around. It’s not unusual for Mil to be the last one to go home when the bar staff call time. Usually after a day on the drink with someone who tried to smash his lights out only hours earlier.

 

I spent a day on the punt with Mil at the ‘Royal’ Gold Coast Turf Club on our footy trip a few seasons ago. It was a profitable day – to put it mildly, with Mil not so much giving the bookies a hiding, but well within his rights to take a lien over their first-born children until they could settle up.

 

Footballer, (outstanding social) drinker, leviathan punter. He is Melbourne Supers’ own Milan Faletic and an integral piece of the fabric that is footy’s culture.

 

Almanac lunch: May 30 at the Waterside Hotel, cnr King and Flinders Streets, Melbourne. 12 for 12.30pm. Two courses $50. Drinks at bar prices. [email protected]

 

 

Comments

  1. rabid dog says

    Spoof! A legend event though he played for sides I don’t follow. Probably has the same hairstyle as his playing days too.

  2. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Faletic, Floreani, Pavlich, Phillipou …

    I didn’t follow the Eagles, but names like the above were among the first infiltrators into the Arthur Calwelleqsue SANFL of the late 60s and early 70s, at least to my young whitebread eyes.

    Milan kicked funny and looked a bit awkward, but you only noticed because he was always in close proximity to the ball.

  3. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Milan was a laconic footballer in the Mark Waugh sense you always thought he could be a tad more desperate and physical to reach his utmost potential ability . Have heard he is a v good speaker and extremely capable drinker !

  4. I had the privilege of watching most of Milan’s first 151 games of senior footy with West Torrens. Milan was a rangy ruck rover type in the Graham Cornes mould. Milan always looked like he was about to become a star, but frankly he could never quite be arsed. Being coached by Bustling Billy Barrott for a couple of his early years (the maddest bastard I have ever seen give a 3/4 time spray) didn’t help with motivation.
    Milan saved his best footy for the Port Adelaide Magpies where he couldn’t get away with the slacker chic that flourished at the Eagles in those days.
    The conventional wisdom amongst those of us on the Western Mound at Thebarton in the 70’s was as Swish suggests. “Too many bloody soccer playing wogs.” We had Croatians like Matthew Pavlich’s dad Stevie on a half forward flank; the early prototype for the Macedonian Marvel in Peter Phillipou; and the hard working Italian Aldo Floreani in the centre. And Milan from Slovenian heritage.
    Torrens fans as always were both ahead of the times (in realising the potential of migrant sons) and behind the times (in dismissing their value for bog standard ocker 1970’s racist reasons).
    Milan sounds like a classic ‘good bloke’. Good to see that like myself he is waiting to grow up.

  5. :-)
    Amused.
    Gotta be some advantages of being old!
    I remember all those guys, and as a Lifelong Port fan, I remember being delighted when Milan joined Port – and Milan himself got his just reward for “stepping up” under the Port demands/system, so all good.
    And yes, I remember his “haircut” too – or lack thereof.
    P.

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