The curious case of Clarko’s nickname for Emerson Jeka

SEN - Mon, 9th Dec 2019 - 0 Comments

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has a habit of attempting nicknames that may not quite stick.

That is according to Luke Breust who revealed a recent endeavour from Clarko at giving Hawks draftee Emerson Jeka a new moniker.

Breust suggested that the legendary premiership coach came up with a name for the Western Jets product but isn’t entirely sure it came off.

“Clarko’s a shocker for trying to give someone a nickname and it not turning out so well,” Breust said.

“Of the new boys this year, one of the young guys is Emerson Jeka and he wanted to call him ‘Roy’ because of Roy Orbison.

“So Orbison, Emerson, I don’t know about you but it doesn’t really go to me.”

SEN Afternoons host Sam Hargreaves suggested to Breust that perhaps Clarkson meant to name Jeka after Aussie tennis great Roy Emerson who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles during this esteemed career.

“Ok then, so maybe he stuffed up the delivery and called him Orbison instead of Emerson,” the Hawks forward added.

“I don’t know what’s worse?

“That’s one (attempt). He’s constantly trying to make up nicknames for anyone who doesn’t have one.”

Breust also gave some insight into his own nickname, ‘Punky’, which was bestowed upon him by former teammates Chance Bateman and Michael Osborne, inspired by the 1980s TV character Punky Brewster.

“The first drill that I ever did at Hawthorn, they gave me Punky straight away. I had no idea what they were talking about,” he said.

“I had to go up to the computer room and Google it.

“They had to clarify that it was purely from my last name that they got Punky. Since then it’s stuck and I’ve never been called anything different.”

Listen to Breust on SEN Afternoons below: