Full Name: MICHAEL PICKERING
Date of Birth: 30/11/1963
Height: 187 cm ( 6-1 1/2 )
Weight: 80 kg ( 12-8 )
Debut: 31/03/1984, Round 1, Footscray
Last Game: 31/08/1991, Round 24, Carlton
Total Games: 136
Total Goals: 160
Honours: Best & Fairest 1988.
Seasons: 1983-86, 1991
Total Games: 35
Total Goals: 75
Michael was a half-forward, wingman and ruck-rover. He was an outstanding player during his time with Richmond. He was a very good mark and showed great courage in the way he threw himself into packs for a mark. Although not a pacy player, he covered a lot of ground during a match. He read the play very well and had the ability to make space for himself with his clever evasive skills. He originally started with Richmond’s Under/19 team in 1981 and went on to win their Best and Fairest award in 1982. He made his senior debut in 1984 and won the Best First Year Player award. He won the Seniors’ Best and Fairest award in 1988, ran second in 1987 and third in 1985.
His highest individual goal tally was 6 against Geelong in 1985 and he also scored 5 goals on two occasions. He was Senior vice captain in 1989 and actually led the side on several occasions when Dale Weightman was injured or unavilable. He struggled for form during the 1991 season and as a result was left off the Richmond list and was later drafted by Melbourne. He played with Melbourne in 1992 and 1993; however, he was unfortuante to miss half of the 1992 season due to injury. He was a member of Melbourne’s 1993 Reserves’ Premiership side. A schoolteacher by profession he now plays soccer. Michael is the older brother of Justin Pickering and former Under/19 player Andrew Pickering.
Mount Waverley Juniors ; St Kevin's College School Teams .
Melbourne Seniors 1992-93, Games 15, Goals 12 ; Melbourne Reserves 1993, Games 19, Goals 16 ( Honours - Premiership 1993 ).