Nathan Buckley LEGEND (2012)

As a player at Collingwood, Australia’s biggest and most famous sporting club, Nathan Buckley redefined the meaning of passion and commitment during a 280 game career that saw him receive a multitude of awards and earn recognition as one of the games greats.

 

The tiny kid who moved to Darwin at the age of three went on to become one of the greatest players of any era and started his football career with the Nightcliff Tigers in the NTFL Junior competition before transferring to Southern Districts Football Club in 1989-90.

 

His sublime talent soon earned him representative honors and he played in the NT’s Primary Schoolboys Representative teams in 1983 & 1984.

 

Like most gifted, gritty, hardworking Territory footballers Nathan Buckley also represented the NT a number of times at senior level against Hawthorn in 1991, Geelong in 1992 and Melbourne in 1993.

 

Nathan Buckley’s representative honor roll continued throughout his AFL career as he represented the NT against Tasmania in 1993 and captained the Allies twice in 1997 and 1999. In 1997 he won the   Alex Jesaulenko Medal as Allies Best Player in the game against Western Australia.

 

He played a number of premier league games for Southern Districts in the NTFL and in season 1990-91 he won the club best and fairest and leading goal kicker awards in the same season.

 

Nathan Buckley joined SANFL club Port Adelaide in 1991 and played 37 games for the club, kicking 44 goals.

 

His famed  debut season for Port  in 1992 saw his sheer hard work, dedication  and  determination pay off as  he became a premiership player, won  the Jack Oatey  medal for best on ground in the Grand Final, the Magarey medal  as the SANFL’s best and fairest and the Port Adelaide Magpies club best and fairest.

 

In 1993 Nathan Buckley was drafted by Brisbane and played 20 games for the club, winning the AFL’s rising star award before moving to his beloved Magpies in 1994.

 

In all Nathan Buckley played 260 games for the Magpies and each game was played with 100% commitment to the black and white cause.

 

Throughout  his famous  career Nathan Buckley won Collingwood’s  Club Best and Fairest, the prestigious Copeland medal a  record  six  times  in 1994,1996, 1998, 1999 2000 and 2003.

 

He was club captain from 1999 until 2007 proving himself to be a natural leader of men, always leading from the front and by example.

 

He won the Brownlow medal in 2003 sharing the win with fellow greats Adam Goodes and Mark Ricciuto and played in Collingwood’s 2002 & 2003 Grand Final Teams, winning the Norm Smith medal in the 2002 game despite being on the losing side.

 

Nathan Buckley was named an AFL All Australian seven times in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003, a year that also saw him named the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year 

 

In 1997 Nathan Buckley was named in Collingwood’s fabled Team of the Century and in 2011 was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.

 

Retiring   in 2007 he rejoined Collingwood as an assistant coach in 2010, a year that saw the Pies win the flag and in 2012 he became the first Territory footballer to become a senior coach in the AFL.

 

Showing the same determination and commitment as a coach that he displayed as a player he coached the Pies to a preliminary final in his first season.

 

We are privileged to welcome  Nathan Buckley,  a supreme Territory talent, blessed not only with god given skill but also a burning desire to be the best into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.