Carlton Reserves Career : 1982 - 1984
Reserves Games: 24
Reserves Goals: 49
Guernsey No.: 60 (1982-83), 57 (1982), 47 (1982) and 42 (1983-84).
Height: 6'3" (191 cm)
Weight: 13.8 (86 kg)
DOB: 16 October, 1962
Gavin Exell was a big, blonde, strong-marking forward recruited by the Blues from Northern United in our prize Bendigo League zone. Unfortunately, he arrived at Carlton at precisely the wrong time, and found himself competing for a senior place against the likes of Maclure, Bosustow, Ditchburn, Madden and Ralph. Therefore, he didn’t progress past Reserves level at Princes Park, but Geelong threw him a lifeline in 1987, and he proved to be a handy pick-up for the Cats in 53 senior games that netted him 111 goals (including the 1989 Qualifying Final loss to Essendon).
In May, 1989 at Princes Park, Exell kicked 9 goals in a losing side for the Cats against ladder-leaders Hawthorn. And two years later, in Geelong’s round 5, 1991 clash against Carlton, he booted five majors - sweet revenge against the club that had originally rejected him. After finishing up at Geelong, Exell crossed to Fitzroy in 1992, and played another 5 games that produced 2 goals.
Exell then embarked on the third stage of his career with Heathcote District battlers Stanhope, where he became the competition’s outstanding forward for more than a decade. After switching to the Kyabram District Football League in 1995, Stanhope began a dominant run and won flags in 2000 and 2003. At full-forward in the second of those Premiership triumphs, Exell (by then aged 40) kicked 125 goals for the season, and the Lions finished the year undefeated.