Jakovich in July 2010
|Full name||Glen Darren Jakovich|
|Date of birth||24 March 1973|
|Original team(s)||South Fremantle|
|Height||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||100 kg (220 lb)|
|1991–2004||West Coast||276 (60)|
|Representative team honours|
|1990–1998||Western Australia||9 (3)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2004.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Jakovich was recruited from South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), where he became a regular senior player at centre half-forward at sixteen and played his fiftieth match at eighteen. In 1990, he played a total of 46 matches for his school, Hamilton Senior High School, South Fremantle, and the Western Australian state side at three levels; under-19s in the Teal Cup, and the Western Australia State of Origin team.
He was notable for his duels with rival centre half-forward, North Melbourne Football Club's Wayne Carey. Carey was considered to be one of the best of all time, and the contests between these two were highly anticipated events on the football calendar.
After undergoing a knee reconstruction in 1996 he was unable to recapture his superlative form of the previous three years. Although still able to win his club's best and fairest award in 2000, he was not the imposing player of the past.
His brother Allen Jakovich was a full-forward for the Melbourne Football Club. During their career, the two brothers lined up against each other on more than one occasion. Another brother, Gary, had played with South Fremantle during the early 1980s. Glen was taller than his brother at 193 cm, but at 100 kg, both brothers were similarly solid in build.
Jackovich represented his state of Western Australia several times, in State of Origin. Jakovich has described that playing for his state, was one of his fondest memories in football. In 2003, Jakovich was selected as the Australia international rules football team's goalkeeper for the 2003 International Rules Series in Australia. Although the series was tied at one test win apiece, Australia won the series with a 101–94 aggregate score.
Glen Jakovich retired from football in 2004, kicking three goals in a win over Sydney Swans in his last game. Jakovich was the Eagles' games played record holder from 2003, when he overtook Guy McKenna's 267 games, until Dean Cox surpassed him in 2014.
In 2008 he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame and the West Australian Football Hall of Fame. He was an inaugural inductee in the West Coast Eagles Hall of Fame in 2011.
Jakovich is married to Emily and they have three children. He is a second generation Australian of Croatian heritage.
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