Derek Kickett

Derek Thomas Kickett (born 6 October 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer. Kickett played with seven different VFL/AFL, WAFL and SANFL clubs through his career.

Derek Kickett
Personal information
Full name Derek Kickett
Date of birth (1962-10-06) 6 October 1962
Original team(s) West Perth
Draft No. 60, 1988 national draft
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1989 North Melbourne 012 0(12)
1990 1993 Essendon 077 0(94)
1994 1996 Sydney 063 0(73)
Total 152 (179)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1996.
Career highlights

    Leading Goal Kicker West Perth Football Club 1984

    Claremont Premiership side 1987

    R/Up Best & Fairest Claremont Football Club 1987

    Record Number of Votes (46) Most in the Sandover Medal Count 1987

    State Game WA vs SA, Best Player Award WACA 16 June 1987

    State of Origin Game WA vs VIC, WACA 16 May 1989

    State of Origin Game WA vs VIC, WACA 16 June 1990

    State of Origin Game WA vs VIC MCG 26 May 1992

    Leon Larkin Medal Winner WA vs VIC MCG 26 May 1992

    Night Premiership Essendon vs Richmond 1993

    State game WA vs Allies, Subiaco Oval 18 June 1995

    State of Origin Game WA vs SA Football Park 2 June 1996

    Graham Moss Medal Winner WA vs SA Football Park 2 June 1996

    Sources: AFL Tables,

    Early career

    Derek is related to a number of other past and present high-profile AFL footballers from the Kickett family, including Dale Kickett and Lance "Buddy" Franklin, who are both his nephews. His other nephews are Byron Pickett and Jarrod Garlett and a well known cousin of his is Nicky Winmar.[1]

    Kicket played in the junior ranks at Central District in the South Australian National Football League, including their U19s Premiership in 1981. Beginning his senior career in the West Australian Football League with West Perth, he was the leading goalkicker at West Perth in 1984.[2] After falling out with the Falcons early in the 1986 season, Kickett along with veteran Peter Spencer applied for a clearance to Claremont, which at first was denied,[3] but accepted a week later.[4] Whilst Spencer played only two senior games for Claremont and returned for his last season to his original home at East Perth, Derek Kickett fitted in perfectly and was a key member of the Tigers’ record-breaking 1987 team that finished with twenty-one consecutive unbeaten matches and their sixth senior flag. Kickett polled 46 votes in the Sandover Medal in 1987, which was the most of any player that season, but was ineligible to win due a suspension for slapping an opponent. Kickett would have won the Sandover Medal by sixteen votes, had he been eligible.Note 1, [5]

    Kickett returned to Central District in 1988 for one season. In 1989, he was recruited by North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League, where he also played only one season before being delisted.[6]

    Career with Essendon

    In 1990, Kickett moved to the Essendon Football Club, where he played four seasons, and became a popular cult figure, known for confident playing style, high leap, evasive skills and his long kicking ability. He was a renowned exponent of the torpedo punt. He played every match in 1992 and 1993 up to the preliminary final, before being omitted from the Bombers' winning 1993 AFL Grand Final team by coach Kevin Sheedy. The omission continues to be one of the most controversial decisions of Sheedy's coaching career, but Sheedy still defends the decision, stating that Kickett's form was poor (he had a total of 15 disposals in the three finals) and that his lack of endurance would have been a specific weakness for the team against Carlton, Essendon's opponent on the day. Kickett immediately walked out on the club, and did not watch the Grand Final, nor celebrate the victory with his teammates. Kickett and Sheedy did not speak to each again until 2018.[6]

    Move to Sydney

    After leaving Essendon, Kickett was drafted by the Sydney Swans. He played three seasons at Sydney, and his last game of AFL football was in the 1996 AFL Grand Final, which Sydney lost against North Melbourne. Kickett returned to the WAFL in 1997, and played that season with Subiaco, before retiring.[2]

    Kickett has made several appearances in the E. J. Whitten Legends Game. In 2007, he ran development programs for AFL Victoria working with indigenous children.[7]


    1.^ Kickett's 46 votes actually tied the record for the most votes in a Sandover Medal count, set in 1985 by Murray Wrensted, and remained a record until Matthew Priddis polled 58 votes in 2006; however, the Sandover Medal had changed from a 3-2-1 voting system to a 5-4-3-2-1 voting system in 1985, and comparisons with the counts between 1921 and 1984 are not valid.


    1. Niall, Jake. "Being Buddy". The Age newspaper. Archived from the original on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
    2. "Derek Kickett". WAFL Online. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
    3. Christian, Geoff; ‘Clearance Bids Falter’; The West Australian, 16 May 1986, p. 80
    4. Christian, Geoff; ‘Tigers Get Kickett and Spencer’; The West Australian, 22 May 1986, p. 111
    5. Tatz, Colin (1987), Aborigines in Sport, Adelaide, SA: The Australian Society for Sports History, p. 69
    6. Sheedy, Kevin (18 May 2008). "Kickett not right man for the hour". Herald Sun. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
    7. AFL Record Round 9, 2007
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