Leigh Colbert

Leigh Colbert (born 7 June 1975) is a former Australian rules footballer for the Geelong Football Club and the Kangaroos in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Leigh Colbert
Colbert in July 2010
Personal information
Full name Leigh Colbert
Date of birth (1975-06-07) 7 June 1975
Original team(s) South Bendigo
Draft 18th overall, 1992
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 91 kg (201 lb)
Position(s) Half-back / Fullback
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19931999 Geelong 105 (50)
20002005 Kangaroos 104 (14)
Total 209 (64)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

AFL career

19931999: Geelong

He made his debut with Geelong in 1993 and became a fearless player, usually playing off half-back, but then found his way as a key position player.

He was awarded Geelong's captaincy in 1999, but did not play a game that season due to injury. The falling out between the club and Colbert caused great controversy.[1] He was traded for Cameron Mooney and draft picks that yielded, amongst others, six-time All Australian and two-time Best and Fairest winner Corey Enright. Mooney retired a dual premiership player with the Cats and Enright retired as a three time premiership player.[2]

20002005: Kangaroos

In 2000 Colbert moved to the Kangaroos, mostly holding up full-back or centre half-back.

In 2004 Colbert was appointed the Kangaroos delegate for the AFL Players Association (AFLPA). In 2005, Colbert announced his retirement.

Post-football career

In 2006 he joined the West Coast Eagles as one of their back-room staff. It was on a part-time basis, based in Melbourne.

He was a boundary rider for Fox Sports including post-match interviews and one-on-one interviews for Fox Sports AFL of the Ablett brothers and a one-on-one interview with Adam Simpson on his 250th game for the Kangaroos.

In 2009 he was a flying instructor at Moorabbin Flight Services in Moorabbin, Vic., and also a pilot for an air freight service at Moorabbin airport.[3]


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