Jack Owens (footballer)

Jack Owens (born 3 August 1902, Broken Hill, New South Wales;[1] died 26 September 1942, Adelaide, South Australia,[2]) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Glenelg in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) during the 1920s and 1930s.

Jack Owens
Personal information
Full name Jack Owens
Date of birth (1902-08-03)3 August 1902
Date of death 26 September 1942(1942-09-26) (aged 40)
Original team(s) West Broken Hill
Position(s) Full-forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1924–35 Glenelg 177 (827)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1935.
Career highlights
  • SANFL Premiership captain 1934
  • SANFL Leading goalkicker 1927, 1928, 1932
  • Glenelg Leading goalkicker 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934
Source: AustralianFootball.com


Originally from the West Broken Hill club, Owens was a prolific left footed full-forward who excelled despite playing much of his career in the league’s weakest team. He favored the screw punt when he lined up for goals and it was effective as he topped Glenelg’s goalkicking every year from 1924 to 1932, as well as for a tenth time in 1934. On three of those occasions he was the league's leading goal scorer, outright in 1927 and 1928 with 80 and 83 goals respectively while he tied for the mantle in 1932 with Ken Farmer on 102 goals.

Towards the end of his career, Glenelg began to improve and in 1934 he captained the club to their inaugural SANFL premiership. He was also South Australian captain for interstate matches in 1933 and 1934. In all he appeared for South Australia on nine occasions and kicked 26 goals.

At the age of 32, however, Owens showed he was on the decline so quickly in 1935 that he announced his retirement after just three games and eight goals. Only seven years later, in 1942, he died after a long illness.

In 2002 Owens was in the first group of players inducted into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame.

See also


  1. Cornwall, Peter; Pride of the Bay: The Story of the Glenelg Football Club 1920-2003; p. 378. ISBN 978-0-9750561-0-3
  2. "Jack Owens dead"; in The Barrier Miner, 26 September 1942
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