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Billy Kaakouer has sadly passed away

Former Coburg VFA Premiership player Billy Kaakouer has sadly passed away.
Billy was one of the quickest players seen in the VFA.

zebraman
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Only ever got to see him when Sandy played Coburg but you're right George...Very quick and very skilful player

Sandy. The most successful club in the past 30 years

Wally from Will...
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goodness, he wouldn't have been very old, he was playing for Coburg in the late 80's & early 90's, very sad news ..... another Coburg player from that era passed away a few years back, Jeff Angwin, he was VERY young

Wally from Will...
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goodness, he wouldn't have been very old, he was playing for Coburg in the late 80's & early 90's, very sad news ..... another Coburg player from that era passed away a few years back, Jeff Angwin, he was VERY young

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Jeff Angwin was only 35yo ...... from Phil Cleary's website

THE LATE JEFF ANGWIN I KNEW

AS TOLD IN INSIDE FOOTBALL

When talk turns to football it's easy to regale a crowd with stories about characters, rogues, tough men and whackers. In eighteen years of playing and coaching at Coburg in the old VFA I met them all. George Allen, Fred Cook, 'Frosty', Paddy Flaherty and Harold Martin and even the Mohawk himself, Mark Jackson; it was a cavalcade. Some however came without the fanfare.

In 1985 a sinewy 19-year-old kid from Foster sheepishly unpacked his bags and told me he'd like to have a go at the VFA. By the end of 1989 he'd assumed a remarkable status at Coburg. Quiet and unassuming he never spoke about himself or cast a word of criticism of anyone else into a conversation. We called him 'Seagull', the nickname he'd inherited as a child on the bus collecting what the other kids left behind. His real name was Jeff Angwin. Unlike today's players Angwin arrived at training bearing the residue of a day's manual work. Blasting and spray-painting iron left him literally as black as the ace of spades.

On Friday 15 June he died suddenly at home of natural causes. A week later we buried him in a simple plot on a tranquil green hill as serene as the bloke himself. On the bus we recalled his feats and the impact he had on the team. To those who witnessed his bone crushing collisions and reckless lunges into heavy football traffic the thought thta we could lose him at 35 years of age was incomprehensible. Jeff Angwin was simply indestructible.

When I look back at that 1988/89 premiership side it's easy to see why we were too good for those truly great Williamstown sides and why we lost only one game in 1989. Angwin, with his courage, loyalty and selflessness typified the spirit and character that drove those sides. The role of men such as Jeff Angwin in the evolution of Aussie Rules is something that's never quite been captured by those who write and talk about the culture of the game. Too often the blowhards, the technically gifted or the flawed of character take centre stage.

Yet every successful coach understands the value of having a bloke whom when asked whether he'd like to take the opposition side's best player says 'sure, I'll give it my best'. For Angwin that meant VFA goalkickers like Ian Rickman and Mark Eaves, the brilliant Grant Smith or the Bullants captain, David Brine. As the VFL evolves and old VFA clubs grapple with the impact of AFL alliances on their culture and identity the memory of Jeff Angwin could not have more profound significance.

Jeff Angwin marks at Windy Hill in the 1989 grand final.
As with Windy Hill in 88/89 it was standing room only in the church in Foster. On the wall was a photo of Jeff at Windy Hill in the red and blue of Coburg, arm stretched above the head searching for a dangerous ball. He grabbed it and we won another flag; simple as that. As the gathering laid testament, Peter and Nancy Angwin's boy Jeff was someone special.

billythekid

Very sad news about Billy Kaakouer esp to go so young He was a crowd and TV favorite with his courage and flashing pace RIP

For all the Phil Cleary knockers his article about Jeff Angwin is also about the greatness of Cleary as a Champion of the VFA and a champion man!Truly written from the heart.

There are few in todays football esp the AFL money grubbers that could match Phils compassion and intellect for not only football but life itself.

Wally from Will...
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Well said billy, my sentiments exactly, don't always agree with what u say on here but u are 100% on the money this time, Phil polarizes opinion but his heart is in the right place, hope he is not lost to VFL footy 'going forward' ....

billythekid

[quote=Wally from Williamstown]

Well said billy, my sentiments exactly, don't always agree with what u say on here but u are 100% on the money this time, Phil polarizes opinion but his heart is in the right place, hope he is not lost to VFL footy 'going forward' ....

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Thanks Wally

Yes Phil is one of the last high profile links to the VFAs golden era and has a wealth of knowledge that shouldnt be lost. As the old saying goes

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it'----George Santayana

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Really sad news. I'd also like to pass on my condolences and best wishes to family and friends. He's one of those footballers that was instantly recognisable for Coburg like Vinnie Taranto.

 


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