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Frank Marshall

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Best & Fairest
1921
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 20
Played: 1921--1924
Games:  46
Goals:    1

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1921

Percy Perry

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
1922, 1923
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th 8th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 14
Played: 1921--1926
Games:  79
Goals:    2

Achievements:
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1922, 1923
  • 1 State Game

Summary
Strong and vigorous half-back who was the only member of Glenelg's first team to play in its first win four years later.

Cyril Hoft

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Best & Fairest
1924
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 70
Played: 1924--1927
Games:  56
Goals:    26
Coach: 1925;  14 games - 14% won

Achievements:
  • 1 season Glenelg Coach (incl. Captain Coach 1925)
  • 2 seasons Glenelg Captain 1924--1925
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1924
  • 3 State Games

Summary
Captain-coach of Glenelg's first win - against reigning premier West Torrens in the opening round of 1925, he had pace to burn, a strong mark and was an excellent shot for goals with the place kick.

HH 'Jim' Handby

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
1925, 1929
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th 7th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 79
Played: 1925--1932
Games:  123
Goals:    0
Coach: 1926--1927, 1930--1932;  82 games - 29% won

Achievements:
  • 5 seasons Glenelg Coach (incl. Captain Coach 1926--1927, 1930--1932)
  • 5 seasons Glenelg Captain 1926--1927, 1930--1932
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1925, 1929
  • 100 Game Player
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1921--1939
  • Magarey Medallist 1928
  • Runner-up in Magarey Medal in 1929
  • 29 State Games
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002

Summary
A powerful, rugged, straight-ahead half-back, who was outstanding in Glenelg’s first win in his first game with the club in 1925. Never sacrificed an inch of ground and always proceeded towards the goal by the shortest possible route. His ability was emphasised by the fact he did not miss a State match between 1924-30.


Notes:
Didn't win the best and fairest when he won the Magarey Medal in 1928 - that year it was won by John Lloyd.
 
Biographical
Jim Handby was the first Glenelg player to be awarded the Magarey Medal for the league's fairest and most brilliant footballer. His award came in 1928 in the eighth year of the Club's history as a League side.

Transferring from South in 1925, Handby gave Glenelg outstanding service until 1932. He was an ideal Magarey Medallist, combining football ability of a high order with scrupulous fairness. Strongly built, and with a fighting heart, Handby carried a heavy burden in the years he spent with Glenelg, because the side, although gaining strength, was never in the firing line when the finals came around.

Captain for a long time, he set his players a grand example by his powerful efforts to stem tides running against the Tigers.
The State selectors recognised his worth, having him on the half-back line in many stirring games , especially with Victoria.
One of the most thrilling interstate matches in which Handby played, was the tie with Victoria in 1928, his medal year. Opposed by Arthur Rayson, famous Geelong left-foot half-forward, the Glenelg man did a grand job that day in checking the brilliant Victorian. During the course of the game, both Handby and Rayson were knocked unconscious by the force with which they met in a violent collision as they were racing for the ball. It was typical of Handby's stamina that he was able to play with unimpaired vitality after receiving attention.

Although Handby never saw Glenelg reach the finals during his playing career, the Tigers were building up to their 1934 peak when he retired as a player in 1932. After his retirement, he maintained interest in the game for many years as a commentator and writer.
From The Tiger, 1962

Len Sallis

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Best & Fairest 5 seasons
1926, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934
Glenelg ladder positions:
7th 7th 6th 6th 1st

Glenelg Career
Player#: 67
Played: 1924--1935
Games:  172
Goals:    38

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Captain 1928
  • 5X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1926, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934
  • 100 Game Player
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1921--1939
  • Premiership Player 1934
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 1934
  • 2X Runner-up in Magarey Medal - 1931, 1933
  • 13 State Games, 14 Goals
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002

Summary
Sallis was instrumental in building fighting spirit at Glenelg and helping it to its first premiership. He was named in Glenelg's best players in 16 out of 20 games in the 1934 premiership season. Mel Brock said it was “a crime” he did not win a Magarey Medal. A classy centreman who at the 1930 interstate Carnival in Adelaide was voted Most Useful Man in the South Australian team and third-best player in the Carnival.

John Lloyd

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
1927, 1928
Glenelg ladder positions:
7th 7th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 65
Played: 1924--1932
Games:  101
Goals:    8

Achievements:
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1927, 1928
  • 100 Game Player
  • 5 State Games

Summary
Recruited from Broken Hill, a fast and clever wingman who was consistently among Glenelg's best players. A successful sprinter, 'Jack' Lloyd did not know the meaning of defeat.

George 'Blue' Johnston

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Best & Fairest 3 seasons
1932, 1936, 1937
Glenelg ladder positions:
7th 7th 8th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 99
Played: 1927--1940
Games:  203
Goals:    161

Achievements:
  • 3X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1932, 1936, 1937
  • 200 Game Player
  • 100 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1921--1939
  • Magarey Medallist 1934
  • Premiership Player 1934
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 1934
  • 16 State Games, 14 Goals
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002

Summary
Hard-as-nails ruckman with a pair of hands like a vice, who was one of the most spectacular high-fliers SA football has produced. Won the Magarey Medal in Glenelg’s 1934 premiership year but a knee injury prevented him training in the week of the grand final. Despite that, he still played an heroic game, his towering mark on the goal-line in the last quarter sealing the flag. In his Magarey Medal winning year in 1934, he polled votes in 14 of 17 games, and was named in Glenelg's best players in 15 out of 20 games that season.


Notes:
Didn't win the best and fairest when he won the Magarey Medal in 1934 - that year it was won by Len Sallis.
 
Biographical
George 'Blue' Johnston became Glenelg's second Magarey Medallist in 1934 and played a pivotal role in helping them win their first premiership that season. Glenelg had reached the finals for the first time, but had a most inauspicious first appearance in a League major round when they were badly beaten by Port in the second semi­final. However, they went on to defeat Sturt in the preliminary final and Port in the grand final, and Johnston played a leading role in this recovery, with his brilliant ruckwork and high marking.

Starting with Glenelg in 1927, he reached the peak of his career in the 1930's, and was famous for his high, finger-tip marking. Johnston was a force in league and interstate football in the years until he retired in 1940.

Glenelg supporters will remember him for two incidents in the closing stages of the 1934 grand final. After leading by 17 points at three-quarter time, Port had gained all the momentum and were closing the gap. They were launching another counter-attack from their backline and the ball seemed certain to reach scoring range, when Johnston, with a superbly judged turn, pulled down a one-hand mark in the centre of the field to restore the initiative to his side. Then, in the dying stages, after Port had drawn level on the scoreboard, he pulled down a towering mark and goaled in the goalsquare, to restore Glenelg's lead and no doubt inspire his teammates to hang on for a famous victory.

From 1934 until the end of his career in 1940, Johnston was the leader of the South Australian rucks in many games against Victoria and Western Australia. Capable of withstanding intense opposition in the crushes, he was the aerial artist in the State ruck, which had "Bull" Reval and Bob Quinn, two famous Port Adelaide players, as his partners.

In view of the part he played in Glenelg winning their first premiership, Johnston's Magarey Medal award was greeted enthusiastically by football followers in all districts. There was no better known player at that time and the award to him of football's highest honor was a fitting recognition of his contribution to the game in this State.
Based on article in The Tiger, 1962

Mel Brock

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
1935, 1940
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th 8th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 150
Played: 1932--1942
Games:  166
Goals:    60

Achievements:
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1935, 1940
  • 100 Game Player
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1921--1939
  • Magarey Medallist 1940
  • Premiership Player 1934
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 1934
  • 2 State Games

Summary
Played most of his career as a skilful and determined centre half-back. A straight-ahead, desperate-to-get-the-ball footballer who starred in the Bays’ 1934 premiership win. Brock played every position except wing in winning the Magarey Medal in 1940.

Ron Keane

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Best & Fairest
1938
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 217
Played: 1938--1946
Games:  124
Goals:    1

Achievements:
  • 2 seasons Glenelg Captain 1940--1941
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1938
  • 100 Game Player
  • 1 State Game

Summary
Tough, dependable centre half-back, he played that position in SA's famous win against Victoria in 1945.

Ray Hunt

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
1939, 1946
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th 8th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 193
Played: 1936--1943, 1945--1952
Games:  206
Goals:    34

Achievements:
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1939, 1946
  • 200 Game Player
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1940--1960
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 1950
  • Runner-up in Magarey Medal in 1946
  • 8 State Games

Summary
Immortalised as a consistent, rebounding full back with uncanny judgment and penetrating drop kick. Bull Reval described him as “a wizard for his dimensions…he was only light”. Johnny Taylor said Hunt marshalled the defence together “like a master”. While awaiting his RAAF posting in Melbourne in 1943 he played six games for Richmond, playing at half-back in the Tigers’ memorable five-point grand final victory against Essendon.

Marcus Boyall

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Best & Fairest
1941
Glenelg ladder positions:
6th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 232
Played: 1940--1943, 1948
Games:  49
Goals:    79
Coach: 1940, 1960;  25 games - 12% won

Achievements:
  • 2 seasons Glenelg Coach (incl. Captain Coach 1940)
  • Glenelg Captain 1940
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1941
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1940--1960
  • Magarey Medallist 1941
  • 1 State Game

Summary
A 6 ft 3 inch ruckman with remarkable pace and a spectacular leap for the ball at centre bounces and boundary throw-ins. Before being recruited by the Bays he had finished equal third in the 1938 Brownlow Medal with Collingwood, with which he played 50 games as a tough centre half-back. He had to stand out of football altogether in 1939 because Collingwood refused to clear him.

Frank Burt

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Best & Fairest
1945
Glenelg ladder positions:
7th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 221
Played: 1939--1946
Games:  86
Goals:    255

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1945
  • 200 Career Goals
  • 1X 10 Goals in a Match
  • 3X Glenelg Top Goalkicker 1940--1941, 1945

Summary
A clever forward pocket-rover with an accurate kick for goal.

Ted Robjent

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Best & Fairest
1947
Glenelg ladder positions:
7th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 214
Played: 1938--1950
Games:  149
Goals:    29

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1947
  • 100 Game Player
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1940--1960

Summary
Strong, gutsy half-back. His ability to make position, pounce on the ball in open spaces and deliver it to the best advantage was described as reminiscent of rugged Port Adelaide champion Allan “Bull” Reval, who said of Robjent: “I was a cream puff footballer compared to Teddy Robjent.”

Alex Donaldson

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Best & Fairest
1948
Glenelg ladder positions:
6th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 332
Played: 1947--1951
Games:  63
Goals:    28

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1948
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 1950

Allan Crabb

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Best & Fairest
1949
Glenelg ladder positions:
6th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 271
Played: 1942, 1945--1956
Games:  204
Goals:    168
plus ?? games with Glenelg-West

Achievements:
  • 3 seasons Glenelg Captain 1949, 1955--1956
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1949
  • 200 Game Player
  • 100 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Top Goalkicker 1946
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1940--1960
  • Magarey Medallist 1949
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 1950
  • Runner-up in Magarey Medal in 1950
  • 20 State Games
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002
  • Tomkins Medallist (under-19s) in 1941

Summary
A 6 ft 2 inch ruckman, who was lion-hearted and one of the toughest players the game has seen. A safe mark with a big leap, and the ability the kick with either foot, his mental and physical toughness made him a noted big-game player.

Don Taylor

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
1950, 1952
Glenelg ladder positions:
2nd 5th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 272
Played: 1942, 1950--1954
Games:  77
Goals:    26

Achievements:
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1950, 1952
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 1950
  • 9 State Games

Summary
Allround football talent who was outstanding at centre half-back and centre half-forward for Glenelg after switching with brothers Johnny and Laurie from West. Very quick, a solid overhead mark and beautiful long clearing kick, he showed his class in playing 45 games for South Melbourne as centre half-back.

Brian Wright

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
1951, 1957
Glenelg ladder positions:
3rd 7th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 365
Played: 1950--1957
Games:  111
Goals:    57

Achievements:
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1951, 1957
  • 100 Game Player
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 1950
  • 2 State Games

Summary
Lanky six-footer who was very consistent and described as "one of the best judges of the flight of the ball in years". He and Don Taylor proved a wonderful combination on the half-back line - according to Johnny Taylor, between them they were almost unbeatable - and he was later just as successful at centre half-forward.

Neil Davies

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
1953, 1956
Glenelg ladder positions:
3rd 6th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 368
Played: 1951--1963
Games:  143
Goals:    105
Coach: 1958--1959, 1961;  44 games - 42% won

Achievements:
  • 3 seasons Glenelg Coach (incl. Captain Coach 1958--1959)
  • 3 seasons Glenelg Captain 1957--1959
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1953, 1956
  • 100 Game Player
  • 100 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Top Goalkicker 1956
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1940--1960
  • SA State Captain 1957, 1958
  • All Australian 1953
  • Runner-up in Magarey Medal in 1953
  • 20 State Games, 11 Goals
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002

Summary
Made such a stunning start to his league career in 1951 he played for South Australia after just three league games. In his third season he was an All-Australian and he continued to prove himself at the highest level in 20 State matches. A player with electrifying pace, he was the first Glenelg player to captain South Australia. Colin Richens called him “the best”. A player with a great leap, only serious knee injuries stopped him being remembered as one of South Australia’s greatest champions. As captain-coach he led Glenelg to the 1959 preliminary final after winning The Advertiser Cup night competition.

Alf Bailey

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Best & Fairest
1954
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 371
Played: 1951--1956
Games:  93
Goals:    13

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1954

Billy Wilson

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Best & Fairest
1955
Glenelg ladder positions:
6th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 405
Played: 1955--1957
Games:  39
Goals:    45

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1955

Peter Cutten

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Best & Fairest
1958
Glenelg ladder positions:
7th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 442
Played: 1957--1963
Games:  86
Goals:    56

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1958

Colin Richens

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Best & Fairest 4 seasons
1959, 1961, 1963, 1966
Glenelg ladder positions:
3rd 7th 7th 10th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 429
Played: 1957--1968
Games:  209
Goals:    220

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Captain 1960
  • 4X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1959, 1961, 1963, 1966
  • 200 Game Player
  • 200 Career Goals
  • 2X Glenelg Top Goalkicker 1960, 1962
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1961--1976
  • 12 State Games, 4 Goals
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002

Summary
A rover who was quick off the mark, had superb ball skills and uncanny anticipation, which often allowed him to snare the ball from opposition ruckmen. A fiery red-head he won State selection as a rover, then later in his career as a back pocket.

Brian Beal

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Best & Fairest
1960
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 450
Played: 1959--1964
Games:  70
Goals:    8

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1960

Don Hewett

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Best & Fairest
1962
Glenelg ladder positions:
5th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 397
Played: 1954--1962
Games:  118
Goals:    83

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1962
  • 100 Game Player
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1940--1960
  • 4 State Games

Summary
A centreman/wingman with outstanding ability and pace who could have been just about anything but for persistent knee injuries. Doug Long described him as an ‘out-and-out champion’. His courage was legendary at the Bay. He played despite many serious injuries and was able to star despite them. In 1962 he carried a shoulder injury but still starred in South Australia’s three State games. Against Victoria at Adelaide Oval Hewett was South Australia’s best, dominating the centre against Collingwood’s Ken Turner.

Colin Rice

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Best & Fairest
1964
Glenelg ladder positions:
4th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 506
Played: 1964--1965
Games:  36
Goals:    64

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1964
  • 6 State Games, 11 Goals
  • 97 Games for Geelong, 87 Goals

Summary
Could kick accurately with either foot, was fast and fiery. He had all the attributes of a top rover with the added dimension of great strength to burst through packs.

Brian McGowan

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Best & Fairest
1965
Glenelg ladder positions:
6th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 505
Played: 1964--1966
Games:  58
Goals:    115

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Captain 1966
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1965
  • 100 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Top Goalkicker 1964
  • 118 Games with South Melbourne - 171 Goals, was their leading goalkicker in 1961

Summary
Tiny rover with great ball getting ability and a sixth sense around the goals.

Neil Kerley

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Best & Fairest
1967
Glenelg ladder positions:
4th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 545
Played: 1967--1969
Games:  55
Goals:    36
Coach: 1967--1976;  223 games - 64% won

Achievements:
  • 10 seasons Glenelg Coach (incl. Captain Coach 1967--1969)
  • 3 seasons Glenelg Captain 1967--1969
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1967
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1961--1976
  • Premiership Coach 1973
  • 5 Grand Finals as Coach - 1969 1970 1973 1974 1975
  • 1 Grand Finals as Captain - 1969
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 1969
  • 32 State Games
  • Great of Glenelg
  • SA Captain 1959,1960-62,1965-66
  • 149 Games with West and 57 Games with South
  • 4X Premiership coach - West 1961,1983, South 1964, Glenelg 1973
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 1997

Summary
An inspirational leader who, as captain-coach, transformed Glenelg from more-or-less a “social club” to one of the most powerful football clubs in the country. As a player he was a real “big game” performer, totally fearless and always dedicated to winning the hard ball and the match. His toughness and courage was epitomised by his starring with a broken jaw – stuck together with some chewing gum – against Central District in 1968.

Graham Cornes

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Best & Fairest 3 seasons
1968, 1972, 1974
Glenelg ladder positions:
5th 6th 2nd

Glenelg Career
Player#: 553
Played: 1967--1982
Games:  317
Goals:    347
Coach: 1985--1990;  149 games - 63% won

Achievements:
  • 6 seasons Glenelg Coach
  • Glenelg Captain 1978
  • 3X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1968, 1972, 1974
  • 300 Game Player
  • 300 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Top Goalkicker 1977
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1961--1976
  • Tassie Medallist 1980
  • Simpson Medallist 1979
  • SA State Captain 1978
  • 4X All Australian 1979, 1980, 1987, 1988
  • 2X Premiership Coach 1985 1986
  • Premiership Player 1973
  • 5 Grand Finals as Coach - 1985 1986 1987 1988 1990
  • 8 Grand Finals Played - 1969 1970 1973 1974 1975 1977 1981 1982
  • 21 State Games, 22 Goals
  • Great of Glenelg
  • 6-2 win-loss record as SA coach v Victoria
  • Inaugural coach of Adelaide Crows
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2012

Summary
From his first game against Sturt in 1967 it was obvious this spindly blonde had star quality. One of the most spectacular high marks in South Australian football history, he had all the skills and when it came to the crunch was at his best as with his classic mark and goal in the dying moments of the 1973 grand final.

Ken Eustice

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Best & Fairest
1969
Glenelg ladder positions:
2nd

Glenelg Career
Player#: 554
Played: 1968--1970
Games:  52
Goals:    20

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Captain 1970
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1969
  • 1 Grand Finals as Captain - 1970
  • 2 Grand Finals Played - 1969 1970
  • Runner-Up in 1969 Magarey Medal
  • 25 State Games
  • 107 Games with West
  • Won 1962 Magarey Medal with West
  • 62 Games with Central District
  • State Captain in 1967
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002

Summary
Described by Fos Williams as "pound for pound the best footballer in Australia", Eustice gave the Bays great drive from his wing in the twilight of his career and missed his second Magarey Medal on the last vote of the night to Fred Phillis.

Rex Voigt

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Best & Fairest
1970
Glenelg ladder positions:
2nd

Glenelg Career
Player#: 550
Played: 1967--1979
Games:  257
Goals:    258

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1970
  • 200 Game Player
  • 200 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1961--1976
  • Premiership Player 1973
  • 5 Grand Finals Played - 1969 1970 1973 1975 1977
  • 1 State Game

Summary
Energetic rover who fearlessly bore into packs to win the ball, he kicked seven goals in the winning grand final against North Adelaide in 1973. He proceeded to become one of the best back pocket players around, arguably being best-on-ground in the 1975 grand final.

Peter Marker

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Best & Fairest
1971
Glenelg ladder positions:
6th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 547
Played: 1967--1978
Games:  239
Goals:    168

Achievements:
  • 7 seasons Glenelg Captain 1971--1977
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1971
  • 200 Game Player
  • 100 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1961--1976
  • SA State Captain 1971--1973, 1975
  • Premiership Captain 1973
  • Premiership Player 1973
  • 3 Grand Finals as Captain - 1973 1974 1975
  • 5 Grand Finals Played - 1969 1970 1973 1974 1975
  • 2X Runner-up in Magarey Medal - 1971, 1975
  • 15 State Games, 17 Goals
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002

Summary
His courage and desperation to get in and get the ball were hallmarks of his game. Highly-skilled and one of Glenelg’s great leaders, his class shone through with his third placing for the Tassie Medal in the 1972 State Carnival.

Kerry Hamilton

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Best & Fairest
1973
Glenelg ladder positions:
1st

Glenelg Career
Player#: 546
Played: 1967--1975
Games:  120
Goals:    98

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1973
  • 100 Game Player
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1961--1976
  • Premiership Player 1973
  • 2 Grand Finals Played - 1969 1973

Summary
A silky-skilled player who was the best centreman in the State in Glenelg’s stunning 1973 campaign. He anticipated where the ball was going, took it cleanly and fed it out immaculately.

Peter Carey

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Best & Fairest 3 seasons
1975, 1979, 1981
Glenelg ladder positions:
2nd 7th 2nd

Glenelg Career
Player#: 580
Played: 1971--1988
Games:  448
Goals:    521

Achievements:
  • 6 seasons Glenelg Captain 1983--1988
  • 3X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1975, 1979, 1981
  • 400 Game Player
  • 500 Career Goals
  • 1X 10 Goals in a Match
  • Glenelg Top Goalkicker 1973
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1977--2007
  • Fos Williams Medallist 1981
  • 2X All Australian 1979, 1980
  • 2X Premiership Captain 1985 1986
  • 3X Premiership Player 1973 1985 1986
  • 4 Grand Finals as Captain - 1985 1986 1987 1988
  • 10 Grand Finals Played - 1973 1974 1975 1977 1981 1982 1985 1986 1987 1988
  • Best on Ground in 1973 Grand Final v North
  • 19 State Games
  • Great of Glenelg
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2009

Summary
“Super” made his league debut as a 17 year old in 1971 against Centrals at Elizabeth while still a student at Seacombe High School. He established himself early in his career at centre-half-forward - booting six goals from that position in a best-afield performance in the 1973 grand final win. He remained the keystone in Glenelg's forward line until around 1978, when he transitioned into the club's no.1 ruckman - and remained there until is retirement after the 1988 grand final. He was club captain for 6 seasons from 1983 onwards, and maintained his high standards throughout his career with many observers rating him as best on ground in Glenelg's 1986 grand final win. During his playing career he amassed 448 league games for Glenelg as well as 19 state appearances and won many awards including 3 Glenelg best & fairest awards, 1 Fos Williams Medal and 2 All Australian selections. Since retirement he has been inducted into the Glenelg Hall of Fame, the SA Football Hall of Fame and the Australian Football Hall of Fame and has been made a Great of Glenelg.

Paul Weston

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
1976, 1980
Glenelg ladder positions:
3rd 4th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 599
Played: 1973--1982
Games:  196
Goals:    176

Achievements:
  • 4 seasons Glenelg Captain 1979--1982
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1976, 1980
  • 100 Game Player
  • 100 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1977--2007
  • Fos Williams Medallist 1982
  • SA State Captain 1981, 1982
  • 2 Grand Finals as Captain - 1981 1982
  • 5 Grand Finals Played - 1974 1975 1977 1981 1982
  • Third in Magarey Medal in 1976, 1979, 1981
  • 13 State Games
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002

Summary
A Player with all the skills and a wonderful football brain who could play in any key position and dominate, he always seemed to have so much time to do anything. He also had a booming kick – who could forget his winning torpedo punt goal in the dying seconds against Norwood in 1982?

Kym Hodgeman

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Best & Fairest 3 seasons
1977, 1978, 1989
Glenelg ladder positions:
2nd 4th 5th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 602
Played: 1974--1980, 1986--1990
Games:  244
Goals:    411
Coach: 1991--1992;  48 games - 54% won

Achievements:
  • 2 seasons Glenelg Coach
  • 3X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1977, 1978, 1989
  • 200 Game Player
  • 400 Career Goals
  • 2X Glenelg Top Goalkicker 1978--1979
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1977--2007
  • Magarey Medallist 1978
  • All Australian 1979
  • Premiership Player 1986
  • 1 Grand Finals as Coach - 1992
  • 5 Grand Finals Played - 1974 1975 1977 1986 1988
  • Reserves Magarey Medallist in 1974
  • Third in Magarey Medal in 1980
  • 9 State Games
  • 91 Games with North Melbourne, Best and Fairest 1984
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002

Summary
Neil Kerley knew very quickly this tiny rover was “special” when he ran the wrong way straight into a charging pack of Port Adelaide players and grabbed a mark. He had electric pace and agility, skill, courage, persistence and was lethal around the goals. After a very successful stint with North Melbourne, he returned to the Bay to fulfil a lifelong dream and play in the Tigers’ 1986 premiership.

Tony McGuinness

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Best & Fairest
1982
Glenelg ladder positions:
2nd

Glenelg Career
Player#: 662
Played: 1981--1985, 1998
Games:  113
Goals:    200
Coach: 1998--2000;  62 games - 32% won

Achievements:
  • 3 seasons Glenelg Coach
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1982
  • 100 Game Player
  • 200 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1977--2007
  • Magarey Medallist 1982
  • 3X All Australian 1988, 1992, 1993
  • Premiership Player 1985
  • 3 Grand Finals Played - 1981 1982 1985
  • 109 Games with Footscray - Best and Fairest 1987
  • 113 Games with Adelaide - Captain 1995-96, Best and Fairest 1993
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002

Summary
Exploded on to the scene with an outstanding game from the bench in the 1981 grand final and caused a sensation in a tremendous 1982 season by becoming the youngest winner of the Magarey Medal at just 18. Had explosive pace and also could run all day, had a booming left-foot kick for his size and booted countless team-lifting goals on the run and from “impossible” angles.

Stephen Kernahan

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Best & Fairest 3 seasons
1983, 1984, 1985
Glenelg ladder positions:
7th 3rd 1st

Glenelg Career
Player#: 655
Played: 1981--1985
Games:  136
Goals:    290

Achievements:
  • 3X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1983, 1984, 1985
  • 100 Game Player
  • 200 Career Goals
  • 2X Glenelg Top Goalkicker 1983--1984
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1977--2007
  • Jack Oatey Medallist 1985
  • 2X Fos Williams Medallist 1984, 1988
  • SA State Captain 1996
  • 5X All Australian 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1994
  • Premiership Player 1985
  • 3 Grand Finals Played - 1981 1982 1985
  • Leading vote getter in 1983 Magarey Medal but was ineligible due to suspension
  • Kicked 10 goals in State match v Victoria in 1984
  • 16 State Games, 51 Goals
  • 251 Games for Carlton - 738 Goals, club leading Goalkicker 11 years in a row, Best and Fairest 1987, 1989, 1992, 226 Games as Captain
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2001

Summary
He had everything. The height, the physique, the marking ability that was second to none, the long accurate kick, the big-game temperament, the leadership… how many premierships would he have helped the Tigers to if he had played in the days before Victorian clubs lured our best talent away?

Chris McDermott

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Best & Fairest 3 seasons
1986, 1987, 1988
Glenelg ladder positions:
1st 2nd 2nd

Glenelg Career
Player#: 656
Played: 1981--1996
Games:  277
Goals:    183

Achievements:
  • 2 seasons Glenelg Captain 1989--1990
  • 3X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1986, 1987, 1988
  • 200 Game Player
  • 100 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1977--2007
  • Fos Williams Medallist 1987
  • Simpson Medallist 1987
  • SA State Captain 1988, 1990-1995
  • 3X All Australian 1986, 1987, 1992
  • 2X Premiership Player 1985 1986
  • 1 Grand Finals as Captain - 1990
  • 7 Grand Finals Played - 1981 1982 1985 1986 1987 1988 1990
  • 66 Games with Adelaide Crows, Captain 1991-1994, Best and fairest 1992
  • 15 State Games
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002

Summary
His courage, desperation, ability to read the play, get his hands on the ball and set up team-mates and remarkable toughness are legendary at Glenelg. In the club’s glory years of the late 1980’s he not surprisingly was known as the “heart of the Bay”.

David Marshall

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Best & Fairest
1990
Glenelg ladder positions:
2nd

Glenelg Career
Player#: 631
Played: 1978--1993
Games:  354
Goals:    287

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1990
  • 300 Game Player
  • 200 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1977--2007
  • SA State Captain 1993
  • 2X Premiership Player 1985 1986
  • 8 Grand Finals Played - 1981 1982 1985 1986 1987 1988 1990 1992
  • Runner-up in Magarey Medal in 1990
  • 3 State Games
  • SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2003

Summary
His silky skills and all round class were showcased when, after 13 years of league football, he made his mark in the AFL in the inaugural year of the Crows in 1991. Always composed and in control he could deliver the ball beautifully either by foot or by hand and no-one was a more lethal finisher running into goals.

Nick Chigwidden

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Best & Fairest 4 seasons
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
Glenelg ladder positions:
6th 2nd 4th 4th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 714
Played: 1987--2000
Games:  293
Goals:    257

Achievements:
  • 8 seasons Glenelg Captain 1993--2000
  • 4X Glenelg Best & Fairest 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
  • 200 Game Player
  • 200 Career Goals
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1977--2007
  • 3 Grand Finals Played - 1988 1990 1992
  • 2X Runner-up in Magarey Medal - 1993, 1999
  • 2 State Games

Summary
An ultra-determined, competitive, fearless rover and inspirational leader, Chiggy for many years after the arrival of the Crows in SA football remained the heart and soul of the Glenelg Football Club. Tony Symonds, Chigwidden’s coach in 1995-96, said he was “one of the most outstanding club men Glenelg had ever had. He has as much heart as any player I’ve played with and he doesn’t accept second best”.

Dean Bailey

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Best & Fairest
1995
Glenelg ladder positions:
7th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 762
Played: 1993--1996
Games:  61
Goals:    18

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1995

Ben Thompson

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Best & Fairest
1996
Glenelg ladder positions:
7th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 793
Played: 1996--1997, 2001--2002
Games:  51
Goals:    9

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1996

Grant Reubenicht

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Best & Fairest
1997
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 754
Played: 1991--1997, 1999
Games:  104
Goals:    12

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1997
  • 100 Game Player
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 1992

Dwaine Kretschmer

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Best & Fairest
1998
Glenelg ladder positions:
9th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 751
Played: 1991--1999
Games:  140
Goals:    60

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1998
  • 100 Game Player
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 1992

Richard Kelly

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Best & Fairest
1999
Glenelg ladder positions:
4th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 828
Played: 1998--2000
Games:  48
Goals:    7

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 1999

Martin Mellody

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Best & Fairest
2000
Glenelg ladder positions:
9th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 847
Played: 1999--2001
Games:  47
Goals:    12

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 2000

Paul Sherwood

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Best & Fairest
2001
Glenelg ladder positions:
9th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 850
Played: 1999--2008
Games:  190
Goals:    21

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 2001
  • 100 Game Player
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 2008

James Byrne

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Best & Fairest
2002
Glenelg ladder positions:
9th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 841
Played: 1999--2002
Games:  52
Goals:    26

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Captain 2002
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 2002

William Neely

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
2003, 2004
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th 7th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 905
Played: 2003--2005
Games:  58
Goals:    20

Achievements:
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 2003, 2004

Adam Fisher

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
2005, 2009
Glenelg ladder positions:
8th 3rd

Glenelg Career
Player#: 933
Played: 2005--2009
Games:  94
Goals:    43

Achievements:
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 2005, 2009
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 2008

Brett Backwell

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Best & Fairest
2006
Glenelg ladder positions:
6th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 899
Played: 2003--2009
Games:  131
Goals:    108

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 2006
  • 100 Game Player
  • 100 Career Goals
  • Magarey Medallist 2006
  • Fos Williams Medallist 2003
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 2008
  • R.O.Shearman Medallist in 2003

Ben Kane

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
2007, 2011
Glenelg ladder positions:
4th 5th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 960
Played: 2007--2011
Games:  110
Goals:    53

Achievements:
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 2007, 2011
  • 100 Game Player
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 2008

Ty Allen

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Best & Fairest 3 seasons
2008, 2010, 2012
Glenelg ladder positions:
2nd 4th 6th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 916
Played: 2003--2014
Games:  160
Goals:    53

Achievements:
  • 3 seasons Glenelg Captain 2012--2014
  • 3X Glenelg Best & Fairest 2008, 2010, 2012
  • 100 Game Player
  • Glenelg Hall of Fame 1977--2007
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 2008
  • 1 State Game

Summary
An inspirational bellgetter who loved nothing better than throwing himself into the bottom of a pack to win the hard ball, then getting his team-mates involved with his slick handball. In his prime the best midfielder in the SANFL, Allen finished third in Magarey Medal voting three years in a row from 2008-10. At the Bay he didn’t miss out, just the 10th player to win three club champion awards.

Andrew Bradley

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Best & Fairest 2 seasons
2013, 2014
Glenelg ladder positions:
9th 10th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 984
Played: 2010--2021
Games:  182
Goals:    37

Achievements:
  • 5 seasons Glenelg Captain 2014--2018
  • 2X Glenelg Best & Fairest 2013, 2014
  • 100 Game Player
  • Premiership Player 2019
  • 2 Grand Finals Played - 2019 2021


Notes:
Tied with Craig Pitt for Best and Fairest in 2014
 

Craig Pitt

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Best & Fairest
2014
Glenelg ladder positions:
10th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 1011
Played: 2012--2016
Games:  66
Goals:    12

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 2014


Notes:
Tied with Andrew Bradley for Best and Fairest in 2014
 

Matthew Snook

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Best & Fairest 4 seasons
2015, 2017, 2020, 2021
Glenelg ladder positions:
9th 7th 4th 2nd

Glenelg Career
Player#: 1007
Played: 2011--2021
Games:  148
Goals:    38

Achievements:
  • 4X Glenelg Best & Fairest 2015, 2017, 2020, 2021
  • 100 Game Player
  • Jack Oatey Medallist 2019
  • Premiership Player 2019
  • 2 Grand Finals Played - 2019 2021
  • R.O.Shearman Medallist in 2020
  • Runner-up in 2020 Magarey Medal
  • 3rd by 1 vote in 2021 Magarey Medal


Notes:
Tied with Luke Parrtington for Best and Fairest in 2021
 

Josh Scott

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Best & Fairest
2016
Glenelg ladder positions:
7th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 1043
Played: 2014--2019
Games:  90
Goals:    151

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 2016
  • 100 Career Goals
  • 2X Glenelg Top Goalkicker 2016, 2018
  • Premiership Player 2019
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 2019

Max Proud

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Best & Fairest
2018
Glenelg ladder positions:
6th

Glenelg Career
Player#: 1014
Played: 2012--2021
Games:  133
Goals:    15

Achievements:
  • 2 seasons Glenelg Captain 2020--2021
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 2018
  • 100 Game Player
  • Premiership Player 2019
  • 1 Grand Finals as Captain - 2021
  • 2 Grand Finals Played - 2019 2021

Jesse White

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Best & Fairest
2019
Glenelg ladder positions:
1st

Glenelg Career
Player#: 1098
Played: 2018--2019
Games:  37
Goals:    9

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 2019
  • Premiership Player 2019
  • 1 Grand Finals Played - 2019

Luke Partington

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Best & Fairest
2021
Glenelg ladder positions:
2nd

Glenelg Career
Player#: 1110
Played: 2019--2021
Games:  51
Goals:    36

Achievements:
  • Glenelg Best & Fairest 2021
  • Magarey Medallist 2019
  • Premiership Player 2019
  • 2 Grand Finals Played - 2019 2021
  • R.O.Shearman Medallist in 2019


Notes:
Tied with Matthew Snook for Best and Fairest in 2021