Darren Kappler

Darren Kappler (born 23 January 1965) is a former professional Australian rules footballer.

Darren Kappler
Personal information
Full name Darren Kappler
Date of birth (1965-01-23) 23 January 1965
Original team(s) South Adelaide (SANFL)
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1987–1991 Fitzroy 087 0(51)
1992–1995 Sydney Swans 059 0(74)
1996–1998 Hawthorn 041 0(27)
Total 187 (152)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1998.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Recruited from South Australian National Football League club South Adelaide, Kappler played 187 games for Fitzroy, the Sydney Swans and Hawthorn in the Australian Football League. During his AFL career Kappler built a reputation as a talented and damaging long kicking left footed wingman.

After retiring from AFL football, Kappler served as playing coach at the Murrumbeena Football Club in the Southern Football League for several seasons before switching first to Canterbury Football Club and currently the Caulfield Football Club.

In 1999 Darren Kappler spent one season with the Glenorchy Football Club in the now defunct Tasmanian Football League that season Glenorchy won the Premiership which was the clubs first since 1988. The side was coached by former Essendon star Paul Hamilton who was assisted by current Dodges Ferry coach Danny Ling. Kappler flew in, and flew out of Tasmania, never training with the club.

Kappler's brother David Kappler played over 200 games for South Adelaide.[1]


  1. SANFL, "SANFL 200 Club Members", http://www.sanfl.com.au/season_07/awards/sanfl_200_club_members/ Accessed 3 March 2009
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