Darren Jarman

Darren Jarman (born 28 January 1967) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League. An elite midfielder-come-forward, Jarman amassed a total of 386 games of senior football at AFL, SANFL and representative level. He was widely recognised as one of the most skillful players of his era. He is the younger brother of Andrew.

Darren Jarman
Personal information
Full name Darren Jarman
Date of birth (1967-01-28) 28 January 1967
Original team(s) North Adelaide
Draft No. 55, 1986 national draft
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 96 kg (212 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder/forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19851990 North Adelaide 144 (256)
19911995 Hawthorn 109 (122)
19962001 Adelaide 121 (264)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
South Australia 12
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2001.
Career highlights




Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

SANFL career (19851990)

Jarman played 144 games and kicked 236 goals for North Adelaide in the SANFL between 1985 and 1990. He was selected on the interchange in the club's Team of the Century at a gala dinner held on 7 October 2000.[1]

Hawthorn (1991–1995)

Jarman was initially drafted by Melbourne with pick 55 in the inaugural 1986 VFL Draft.,[2] but chose to remain in Adelaide with the Roosters. Once the Demons' three-year rights to Jarman lapsed, Brisbane claimed him with a concessional pre-draft selection in the 1989 VFL Draft.[3] Once again Jarman chose to stay in his home state.

In 1990 the turmoil that led to the creation of the Adelaide Crows and thereby automatically relegated the SANFL to secondary importance within South Australia caused Jarman to reassess his career. Following some friction with the Crows' football manager Neil Kerley, Jarman chose to head east, signing for Hawthorn after the club traded pick 10 in the 1990 AFL Draft to the Bears for his contractual rights.[4]

In Round 1, 1991 Jarman made his debut in an 86-point loss to Adelaide.[5] Despite this early setback, the highly skilled midfielder made an immediate impact in his debut year, averaging 18 disposals and booting 41 goals[6] before his infamous performance in the Hawks' winning side on Grand Final day, when he was restricted to just 5 touches on the big stage.[7]

Jarman bounced back in 1992, winning his first All-Australian selection (at centreman) and stamping himself as one of the game's elite players. Following his excellent 1995 season where he won his second All-Australian selection, Hawthorn's Best and Fairest Award and finished with the second-most votes behind Sydney's Paul Kelly in the Brownlow Medal count (although he was ineligible to place due to suspension),[8] Jarman sought a return home to Adelaide to play with his brother Andrew at the Crows.

Homecoming (1996–2001)

In the 1995/6 offseason, Jarman was traded to the Adelaide Crows in a complex three-way deal that involved Paul Salmon moving from Essendon to Hawthorn, promising defender Sean Wellman moving from Adelaide to Essendon and a handful of peripheral draft picks and players exchanged between the three clubs.[9]

As with his move to Glenferrie Oval five years earlier, Jarman had an immediate impact at his new club, winning his third All-Australian selection following a 400 disposal/46 goal season despite playing just 19 games.[10] In the following years as he passed the age of 30, Jarman increasingly spent more time up forward, capturing the imagination of fans everywhere with remarkable performances in the Crows' back-to-back Grand Final wins, booting six goals against St Kilda in 1997 (five of which were in the last quarter)[11] and five goals in the 1998 triumph over North Melbourne.[12] Jarman's influence as a goalsneak in the twilight of his career was highlighted by his capture of the Crows' leading goalkicker award in 1998, 1999 and 2001.[13]

In 2000 Jarman was named in the forward pocket in Adelaide's Team of the Decade 1991–2000.

Playing Statistics

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1991 Hawthorn 1124412829713643374391.
1992 Hawthorn 11233030395148543112491.31.317.26.423.64.92.1
1993 Hawthorn 11212415319141460117631.10.715.26.721.95.63.0
1994 Hawthorn 1121161130415746195830.80.514.57.522.04.54.0
1995 Hawthorn 1120111134612747367710.60.617.36.423.73.43.6
1996 Adelaide 319461728611239896422.40.915.15.920.95.12.2
1997 Adelaide 3243917381125506104671.60.715.
1998 Adelaide 323452923010133190412.01.310.04.414.43.91.8
1999 Adelaide 32158231796324296182.
2000 Adelaide 31436121314817953202.
2001 Adelaide 32040172176428185172.00.910.
Career 230 386 210 3085 1222 4307 989 510 1.7 0.9 13.4 5.3 18.7 4.3 2.2

Retirement and recognition

An emotional Jarman retired after the 2001 Elimination Final loss to Carlton, closing the book on his playing career with a further 2 goals.[15]

Darren loves a punt on the dogs and owns three harness trots tiger Tara being his best.

After being inducted into the SANFL Hall of Fame in 2006,[16] on 19 July 2007 Jarman's outstanding 17-season career of top-flight football was recognised with induction into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[17]

Jarman was awarded Life Membership of the Adelaide Football Club in March 2008.[18]

Coaching career

From 2002–2004 Jarman re-joined the Adelaide Football Club as an assistant coach to Gary Ayres.[19]

In 2006 he was appointed assistant coach to brother Andrew Jarman at North Adelaide, ending in 2007.[20]


  1. 'NAFC Team of the Century' Archived 20 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Official Website of the North Adelaide Football Club.
  2. M. Lovett (ed.), AFL Record Guide To Season 2007, AFL Publishing, Melbourne, 2006, p. 406. ISBN 978-0-9758362-7-9
  3. M. Lovett (ed.), AFL Record Guide To Season 2007, p. 411.
  4. M. Lovett (ed.), AFL Record Guide To Season 2007, p. 372.
  5. 'Adelaide vs. Hawthorn, Round 1, 1991', AFL Tables.
  6. '1991 Hawthorn player statistics', AFL Tables.
  7. 'Hawthorn vs. West Coast, 1991 Grand Final', AFL Tables.
  8. '1995 Brownlow Medal', AFL Tables.
  9. M. Lovett (ed.), AFL Record Guide To Season 2007, pp. 344, 361, 373.
  10. '1996 Adelaide player statistics', AFL Tables.
  11. 'St. Kilda vs. Adelaide, 1997 Grand Final', AFL Tables.
  12. 'North Melbourne vs. Adelaide, 1998 Grand Final', AFL Tables.
  13. AFC 2005: The Adelaide Football Club 2005 Year Book, p. 58.
  14. Darren Jarman's player profile at AFL Tables
  15. 'Carlton vs. Adelaide, 2001 Elimination Final', AFL Tables.
  16. 'Hall of Fame', SANFL Website.
  17. B. Matthews, 'AFL Hall of Fame swells', 20 July 2007, heraldsun.com.au
  18. 'Life Members of the Adelaide Football Club' Archived 3 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Official Website of the Adelaide Football Club.
  19. 'Six life members inducted', Official Website of the Essendon Football Club.
  20. '2008 Coaches & Support Staff' Archived 20 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Official Website of the North Adelaide Football Club.
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