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Sudjai COOK

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 44
Career: 1994 to 1998
NFC Games: 26
NFC Goals: 16
Debut: v Sturt (Adelaide) 16th April 1994
Finale: v Port Adelaide (Football Park) 20th September 1998

Premiership: 1997
McCallum Medal: 1993
VFL/AFL Clubs: Adelaide Crows
 

Sudjai Cook played his early football for the Kersbrook Under 17's  and represented Norwood in the Samboy Cup competition. He played 14 games for the Norwood Under 17's in 1992.
 
Cook was outstanding in 1993 (22 games). Not only did he win the Norwood Under 17's best and fairest, but he was also the recipient of the 1993 McCallum Medal for the best and fairest player in the SANFL Under 17 competition. Cook polled nine first preference votes and two thirds for at total of 29 votes, to comfortably win the medal by eight votes. Although most of his football in the Under 17's was played as a rover, he also spent time in the centre and as a ruck-rover. 
 
Cook made his league debut in round 5, 1994. During the year he played four league games and 19 games in the Reserves. Whilst he may have struggled for a regular spot in the senior side,  he was runner-up in the Reserves best and fairest award.
 
He was restricted to 11 games for the Reserves (Premiers) in 1995. He only managed three league games in 1996,  but continued his good form in the Reserves - playing 20 games and finishing third in the best and fairest award.
 
Cook spent the majority of 1997 in the Reserves (15 games) and was runner-up in the best and fairest. However, he did play six league games for the year, and an excellent performance in the league preliminary final against Central District (2 goals) ensured he was selected for the grand final side that went on to easily defeat Port Adelaide.
 
Cook was rookie listed by the Adelaide Crows at the start of 1997, and played seven AFL games after being elevated to their senior list the following year. He was delisted by the Crows at the end of 1998 when he also made 13 senior appearances for the Redlegs.
 
The speedy, slightly built effervescent midfielder then decided to transfer to Glenelg (122 games, 1999 - 2005)

"The Chef" later had stints at several other clubs including Keith (Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League), Broadview anFlinders Park ( South Australian Amateur Football League). He was reported and received a life ban while playing for Flinders Park in 2018

R Cialini Jan 2019


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