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Angelo Lekkas
Personal information
Full name Angelo Lekkas
Date of birth (1976-06-29) 29 June 1976 (age 45)
Place of birth Williamstown, Melbourne Victoria
Original team(s) Northern Knights
Draft 17th overall, 1993
Hawthorn
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994–2005 Hawthorn 180 (120)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1999 Victoria 1 (2)
International team honours
2002 Australia 1 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Angelo Lekkas (born 29 June 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer who played his entire professional career with the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). After a stellar year playing in the TAC competition with the Northern knights in 1993 and winning the best and fairest he was highly sought after by AFL clubs being a first round pick in the AFL draft and number 17 overall.


Early life

Lekkas was born to Greek parents and grew up in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Raised by a single mother he has often attributed a lot of his success to his mother's strong personality.

AFL career

Lekkas was taken by Hawthorn at pick number 17 overall (Hawthorn's first pick) in the 1993 AFL Draft which was a trade for Tony Hall (when Hall left the Hawks for Adelaide).[1]

Arriving at the Hawthorn football club at a time of so many great premiership players meant that Lekkas would spend the first couple years in the reserves while the team would transition into a rebuild.

Lekkas blossomed under coach Ken Judge. starting his career in the seniors as a defender with some midfield glimpses. Lekkas then evolved his game to be one of the main midfielders in the Hawks team being a dynamic midfielder who would regularly kick goals.

In 1999, he was a Victorian state representative In 2002, he represented Australia in the International Rules series.

After a practice match in February 2005, Lekkas suffered an apparent minor stroke and was told he might never play again. Losing some coordination, Lekkas committed himself to a rehabilitation program and inside 3 months fully recovered. He made a successful return to AFL football in round 14, 2005, against Geelong where he kicked 3 goals in the first half.[1][2]

Lekkas shocked most at Hawthorn when he announced his early retirement from AFL football on 26 August 2005, his last game being played at the MCG against Sydney on 27 August 2005. In his retirement speech he told the media that the Hawthorn Football club was a blessing in his life and when asked if he felt like the unluckiest man in the world he responded "for the good that has happened to me playing this game, i wouldn't touch it".

Lekkas finished his AFL career with 180 games and 120 goals to his credit and a career total of 14 Brownlow votes.[1]

Ambassadorial roles

Lekkas was named the 2005 stroke foundation Ambassador and in 2007 awarded the Australian football league multi cultural ambassador. Lekkas was selected to attend the 2005 Anzac presentation in Gallipoli, Turkey to represent the AFL along with legend Ron Barassi. His AFL role would also take him to South Africa in 2007, where he would oversee a program to encourage the growth of Australian football.

Return to Australian rules

After a period of disenchantment with the game, Angelo returned to work with the AFL in 2007 as part-time as a multicultural officer and AFL ambassador and also in a community liaison role at Hawthorn as part of the settlement with the club.

Present day

Lekkas now currently runs his own private sports tuition company with a focus on helping fast track young footballers overall development. Saying that he is passionate about assisting in the development of the next generation of potential AFL players [3] Lekkas also runs a mortgage brokering company based in Collins street, Melbourne.


References

  1. ^ a b c "Angelo Lekkas". Hawks Headquarters. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  2. ^ "New stroke drug shows promise". The Age. 11 November 2005. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  3. ^ Timms, Daryl (28 October 2008). "Former Hawk Angelo Lekkas helping budding stars". Perthnow. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
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