Full Name: JACK O'ROURKE
Date of Birth: 13/07/1928
Height: 178 cm ( 5-10 )
Weight: 74 kg ( 11-7 )
Debut: 23/04/1949, Round 2, Hawthorn
Last Game: 11/07/1953, Round 12, Melbourne
Total Games: 44
Total Goals: 134
Honours: Leading Goalkicker 1951 Goals 58, 1952 Goals 43, Victorian Representative Team 1951, Games 1.
Seasons: 1945-47, 1949-53
Total Games: 37
Total Goals: 96
Honours: Leading Goalkicker 1950 Goals 24.
Jack was a full-forward and half-forward. He was originally recruited to the Richmond Reserves from the local Richmond area. He spent two seasons with the reserves before moving to South Warrnambool in 1948. He rejoined Richmond in 1949 and made his debut against Hawthorn in Round 2. He scored 7 goals against St. Kilda in 1950 and won the Seniors' Goal kicking award in 1951 and 1952. After scoring just 4 goals in his first four games he then kicked 5 or more goals 11 times in his next 19 games. He possessed a great spring, moved well when the ball was on the ground and was an accurate kick. One of his marks featured in a book displaying photographs of 100 all-time great marks. He was captured sitting on the back of Collingwood full-back and later VFL Commissioner Jack Hamilton, taking a chest mark at the Punt Road Oval. He averaged 4 goals per game during his senior VFL career and also represented Victoria one in 1951.After his VLF career had finished, due to injury, he returned to South Warrnambool where he regularly got amongst the goals . He won the Hampden League Goal kicking award in 1954 and 1955. He still lives in Warrnambool. Jack is the elder brother of Basil O'Rourke and the son of Jack O'Rourke Senior.
Richmond Recruits 1943-45 ; Richmond United 1946 ( Competition Leading Goalkicker 1946 ) ; St Ignatius YCW 1946-47 ( Honours - Club Best & Fairest, Competition Leading Goalkicker )
South Warrnambool 1948, 1954-58, Games 93, Goals 359 ( Honours - Premiership 1954, Captain/Coach 1956-57, Club Leading Goalkicker 1948 Goals 45, 1954 Goals 91, 1955 Goals 93, 1956 Goals 67, 1957 Goals 36, Competition Leading Goalkicker 1954 Goals 91, 1955 Goals 93 ) ; South Warrnambool Thirds Coach 1959 ; South Warrnambool Seconds Captain/Coach 1961-62 ( Honours - Premiership 1962, Leading Goalkicker 1962 ).