Darren Milburn

Darren Milburn (born 15 April 1977) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). A defender, 1.89 metres (6 ft 2 in) tall and weighing 92 kilograms (203 lb), Milburn was renowned for his competitiveness, decision-making and for both his physical and mental strength.[1][2]

Darren Milburn
Personal information
Full name Darren Milburn
Nickname(s) Dasher[1]
Date of birth (1977-04-15) 15 April 1977
Place of birth Victoria, Australia
Original team(s) Kilmore / Calder Cannons
Draft 48th overall, 1995
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19972011 Geelong 292 (94)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Victoria 1 (0)
International team honours
2005 Australia 2 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2011.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Milburn was selected in the 2007 All-Australian Team, and was part of Geelong's AFL premiership-winning team in the same year, a feat which has seen him become the first premiership player to play 250 matches for Geelong.[2] He had also represented the Victorian state team in the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match, as well as being selected to represent Australia in International rules football.

Milburn was an assistant coach with the Adelaide Football Club from 2012 to 2015.

Early life

Darren Milburn grew up in the country town of Kilmore, Victoria,[2] where he attended school and played for the Kilmore Football Club. Milburn met his future wife, Tania, in his teenage years whilst still at school,[2][3] and also was school friends with another future AFL footballer, Barry Hall, whom he met at a high school he attended in Broadford, Victoria.[2]



In season 2007 he received his first All-Australian guernsey in the back-pocket. Milburn played a pivotal role in Geelong's defence throughout the groundbreaking year, which ended with a Premiership medallion for the veteran.


In season 2008 Milburn once again was a regular fixture in the young Geelong side. In Geelong's round 16 game against the Western Bulldogs at Skilled Stadium, he racked up 19 disposals in the first quarter, breaking the record for the highest number of disposals in any quarter of football.[4]

At the end of Season 2011. Milburn retired after playing 292 games and Two premierships in 07 and 09 since his debut in 1997, Milburn was named as an emergency for the 2011 Premiership. Milburn then went into coaching straight away and Joined the Adelaide crows for season 2012 Joining New coach Brenton Sanderson a former team-mate and Assistant coach at Geelong. Darren Milburn quit the Adelaide football club at the end of 2015 to return home to Victoria.


 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)
1997 Geelong 391053795113044200.
1998 Geelong 3915551187819655350.
1999 Geelong 392115824015039091500.70.411.
2000 Geelong 391713617914432382440.80.410.58.519.04.82.6
2001 Geelong 392254227171398131240.
2002 Geelong 39151010610821463310.
2003 Geelong 39205414415329773400.
2004 Geelong 392335233196429134660.
2005 Geelong 3923158284171455146760.70.312.37.419.86.33.3
2006 Geelong 392284242209451167490.
2007 Geelong 392558274288562179570.20.311.011.522.57.22.3
2008 Geelong 392271242200442155470.
2009 Geelong 392132273197470132330.
2010 Geelong 392212271240511159490.00.112.310.923.27.22.2
2011 Geelong 39143013512025576240.
Career 292 94 60 3047 2476 5523 1687 674 0.3 0.2 10.4 8.5 18.9 5.8 2.3

Honours and achievements

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1999 5
2001 2
2002 6
2003 2
2004 3
2005 4
2006 1
Total 23
Red / Italics = Ineligible


  • AFL Premiership (Geelong): 2007, 2009
  • AFL McClelland Trophy (Geelong): 2007, 2008
  • AFL NAB Cup (Geelong): 2006, 2009



Tribunal history

Season Round Charge category (level) Victim Result Verdict Ref(s)
2001 22 Charging Stephen Silvagni (Carlton) Guilty (lost at tribunal) 3 matches suspension [6]
2007 20 Interference with opponent Shannon Grant (North Melbourne) Guilty (early plea) $600 fine [7][8][9]
2008 18 Rough conduct (4) Shane Edwards (Richmond) Guilty (won at tribunal) 1 match suspension [10][11]

Although he kept mostly out of trouble throughout his career, Milburn had two notable tribunal cases.

  • In 2001, he was suspended for three weeks for charging, after he knocked out Carlton's Stephen Silvagni with a hip to the head late in Geelong's last match for the year; there was also discussion of charging Milburn for 'bringing the game into disrepute', when he provocatively clapped to the Carlton crowd as it booed him from the ground, but he did not have to formally face this charge.[12] He was never forgiven by Carlton fans, who booed him for the rest of his career.[13]
  • In 2008, Milburn was suspended for one week for rough conduct against Richmond's Shane Edwards. In the incident, Milburn pinned Edwards' arms in a tackle and slung him into the ground, causing Edwards' unprotected head hit the ground. Milburn was able to successfully, but controversially, argue the contact should be viewed as body contact rather than head-high contact because Milburn never contacted Edwards' head himself; this reduced his suspension from three matches to one. This case was the most prominent of four cases which led directly to the establishment of "dangerous tackle" as a tribunal charge distinct from "rough conduct" from the 2009 season onwards.[14]

Personal life

Milburn is married to his teenage sweetheart, Tania,[2][3] with whom he has had two children: a daughter, Imogen, and a son, Jett.[3]


  1. Scarlett, Matthew (10 May 2008). "Scarlett on Milburn". Herald Sun. Australia. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  2. Sheahan, Mike (1 August 2009). "Darren Milburn's dash of courage". Herald Sun. Australia. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  3. McFarlane, Glenn (7 September 2008). "Just quietly, a bit of a Dasher". Herald Sun. Australia. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  4. Boulton, Martin (20 July 2008). "Cats give Dogs a bone to chew on". realfooty.com.au. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  5. Darren Milburn's player profile at AFL Tables
  6. "Tribunal History in Season 2001". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  7. "Tribunal History in Season 2007". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  8. Matthews, Bruce (21 August 2007). "Steven Baker suspended for seven weeks". Herald Sun. Australia. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  9. Lyon, Karen (21 August 2007). "Magpie set to accept six-game ban". realfooty.com.au. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  10. "Tribunal History in Season 2008". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  11. "Darren Milburn cops one-match ban at AFL Tribunal". Geelong Advertiser. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  12. "2001 Review". Footystats. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  13. "Cats overrun Blues". SEN. 12 March 2011. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  14. Thompson, Len (16 October 2008). "Tribunal Review to sort out dangerous tackle anomaly". Circulars. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 9 Sep 2011.
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