TEAM OF THE CENTURY
- BACK POCKET - KEVIN SHEEDY
- 1967-79, 251 games, 3 flags (1969, 1973-74), 1 B & F.
- Tough as teak, he gave the opposition resting rovers hell. Worked
tirelessly to turn himself into a highly skilled player and later made
a successful switch to the ruck-roving role.
- FULL BACK - VIC THORP
- 1910-25, 263 games, 2 flags (1920,21), 2 B & Fs.
- An all-time League great at full back. Was a magnificent mark,
consistently cleared the ball out of defence with long, driving drop
kicks and possessed superb judgement.
- BACK POCKET - MICHAEL GREEN
- 1966-71/ 1973-75, 146 games, 4 flags (1967, 1969, 1973-74).
- The consummate big-occasion player. Was very mobile for his size,
had a great pair of hands and read the play to perfection.
- HALF BACK FLANK - BASIL MCCORMACK
- 1925-36, 199 games, 2 flags (1932, 1934), 2 B & F's.
- A tear away defender with a vigorous approach to the game. Had good
skills and was a key member of the Club's golden era in the 1930's.
- CENTRE HALF BACK - GORDON STRANG
- 1931-36 & 1938, 116 games, 2 flags (1932,1934)
- Classy key-position player with great anticipation and outstanding
marking ability. Was credited with an amazing 28 marks in one game.
Was also a fine kick.
- HALF BACK FLANK - MERVYN KEANE
- 1972-84, 238 games, 3 flags (1973-74, 1980).
- Under-rated back man who eclipsed bigger-name opponents with his
superb all-round defensive skills. Teammates regarded him as a great
man to be alongside ?in the trenches?.
- WING - FRANCIS BOURKE
- 1967-81, 302 games, 5 flags ('67, '69,'73-'74, '80), 1 B & F.
- Courageous and inspirational. Played virtually every position, but
was brilliant as a wingman early in his career, with strong marking,
long kicking, and dashing runs.
- CENTRE - BILL BARROT
- 1961-70, 120 games, 2 flags (1967, 1969), 1 B & F.
- A dynamic "big occasion" player with a fierce will-to-win,
long, raking drop kicks and tremendous stamina. Ahead of his time in
the fitness department.
- WING - DICK CLAY
- 1966-76, 213 games, 4 flags (1967, 1969, 1973-74).
- Versatile performer who had pace to burn and could kick the ball out
of sight! With Bourke, revolutionized wing play in the late 1960?s due
to his height (185cm).
- HALF FORWARD FLANK - MATTHEW RICHARDSON
- 1993-present, 130 games, 411 goals, 5 club goal kicking awards.
- Current day forward star who is one of the best marks going around,
but for a player so tall, is also incredibly agile and quick.
- CENTRE HALF FORWARD - ROYCE HART
- 1967-77, 187 games, 369 goals, 4 flags (1967, 1969, 1973-74), 2 B
& Fs, 2 club goal kicking awards.
- The complete champion footballer. Took inspirational marks, floating
across packs, and was a deadly accurate drop punt kick for goal. A
wonderful on-field leader.
- HALF FORWARD FLANK - ROGER DEAN
- 1957-73, 245 games, 204 goals, 2 flags (1967, 1969).
- A pocket dynamo with a popular, spirited style of play. Lifted the
side with his tough attack on the ball and ability to be in the right
position at the right time.
- FORWARD POCKET - DALE WEIGHTMAN
- 1978-93, 274 games, 344 goals, 1 flag (1980), 2 B & Fs.
- Silkily-skilled small man with a grim determination to succeed. Had
superb vision and evasive skills, and was a pinpoint pass. Enjoyed
great goal sense.
- FULL FORWARD - JACK TITUS
- 1926-43, 294 games, 970 goals, 2 flags (1932, 1934), 2 B & Fs,
11 club goal kicking awards.
- Only slight of frame, but a goal kicking colossus for the Tigers.
Was lighting quick on the lead, had great evasive skills and was a
beautiful kick for goal.
- FORWARD POCKET - BILL MORRIS
- 1942 & 1944-51, 140 games, 98 goals, 1 Brownlow Medal (1948), 3
B & Fs.
- A gifted ruckman who consistently palmed the ball straight to the
Tiger rovers. Had a great leap, was highly skilled for a big man and
enjoyed outwitting opponents.
- RUCK - ROY WRIGHT
- 1946-59, 195 games, 2 Brownlow Medals (1952, 1954), 4 B & Fs.
- Scrupulously fair and a great palmer of the ball (a 10 inch hand
span giving him a fairly useful advantage in that regard!) Was also a
strong mark and a towering kick.
- RUCK ROVER - JACK DYER
- 1931-49, 312 games, 443 goals, 2 flags (1934,1943), 6 B & Fs, 2
club goal kicking awards, captain & captain-coach.
- Maybe the most famous Tiger ever. ?Captain Blood? had a rugged,
straight-ahead style. But along with that legendary toughness came
great skills and a clever football brain. He is credited with
inventing the drop punt and kicked a swag of goals for his beloved
- ROVER - KEVIN BARTLETT
- 1965-83, 403 games, 778 goals, 5 flags (1967, 1969, 1973-74, 1980),
5 B & Fs, 4 club goal kicking awards.
- A ball "magnet" who loved to kick a goal. Although only
lightly built was amazingly durable and rarely missed a game. Had
enormous stamina and speed and excelled in finals.
- INTERCHANGE - DES ROWE
- 1946-57, 175 games, 2 B & Fs.
- A tenacious, tight-checking back man, who also liked to use his pace
at times to run off opponents. Nullified taller forwards and was
regarded as a fine team man.
- INTERCHANGE - GEOFF RAINES
- 1976-82, 134 games, 1 flag (1980), 3 B & Fs.
- Superbly balanced centreman with great disposal. A feature of his
play was his ability to swoop on the ball at centre bounces and then
send a long bomb forward.
- INTERCHANGE - IAN STEWART
- 1971-75, 78 games, 1 flag (1973), 1 Brownlow Medal (1971), 1 B &
- Class personified and totally fearless, he regularly backed into a
pack to take a mark. Beautifully balanced and delivered the ball with
the utmost precision.
- INTERCHANGE - MATTHEW KNIGHTS
- 1988-present, 246 games, 130 goals, 2 B & Fs, captain.
- Gifted left-footer who enjoys great vision and poise, plus brilliant
skills and finishing. A very smart mover.
- COACH - TOM HAFEY
- Coached 248 games, won 173, lost 73, drew 2. Won 4 flags (1967,
1969, 1973-74), R-Up (1972).
- Resurrected the club's fortunes in the late 1960?s with his coaching
methods. Was big on fitness and moulding a tight-knight unit. Under
him, the Tigers played a long, direct style of game and reaped huge