Happy 50th birthday to Phil Poursanidis.
Debut: Round 6, 1988 vs St Kilda, aged 19 years, 364 days
952nd Carlton Player
Guernsey No. 49 (1988 – 1989).
Last Game: Round 22, 1989 vs Brisbane, aged 21 years, 117 days
DOB: 9 May, 1968
Poursanidis was seen as a key forward prospect when he was recruited from the Paramount Football Club in the mid-eighties, he would play two seasons with the Carlton thirds and captained the team during the 1987 season. The highlight of his time at Carlton came when he kicked eight goals in a Reserves Grand Final win in a twenty point win against the Saints.
He was given three senior games at full-forward over 1988 and 1989, but could only manage three goals. Although he was a good mark, he was considered only as a full forward and unfortunately was never tried in other positions. He made his debut in the same game as Gerard Butts and Michael Garvey.
Poursanidis would later play a season at VFA club Preston before hanging his boots up at the age of 25.
1986 – U/19’s 4th Best & Fairest
1987 – U/19’s 4th Best & Fairest
1987 – U/19’s Captain
1987 – Reserves Premiership Player
1988 – Reserves Leading Goalkicker 40 goals (5th in the competition)