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Rod Owen

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Rod "Rocket" Owen (born 31 January 1967) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda, Melbourne and the Brisbane Bears in the Victorian/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL). Owen, who had only just turned 16 when he made his league debut in 1983, suffered from various injuries early in his career and missed the entire 1985 season. He had to wait until his 17th game, in 1986, to experience a win, with St Kilda having lost the previous 16 games he had played in. A Mentone Grammar recruit, Owen kicked a career high 39 goals in 1987, the second most by a St Kilda player that year behind the prolific Tony Lockett. Due to discipline issues, usually involving alcohol, Owen was traded to Melbourne for Stephen Newport at the end of the 1990 season. He kicked two bags of five goals for Melbourne, against Carlton and North Melbourne. After just one year at Melbourne he was again put on the table at the draft and ended up in Brisbane. Owen had a particularly strong game against Fitzroy and Princes Park when he kicked eight goals and six behinds, a club record against the Lions. After leaving the AFL, Owen spent time in jail for assault and now lives on the Gold Coast.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1967-01-31

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