We need a bit of toughness!

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We need a bit of toughness!

Postby leighsaintsince66 » Wed 20 Dec 2017 11:37pm

I wish that our side had a bit more mongrel.

When looking back over the years, we have had a few players who were pretty tough.

Not as many now however?

I had a bit of fun when compiling the following team of tough nuts. Some only played briefly.

One still plays and I hope that he turns out to be really tough... Another ended up as a coach and was probably tougher at his second club.

Some are probably out of position!

Arguably some weren't the greatest players. Indeed, some may be not be remembered much.

Anyway...

Neale Gehrig Baker

Guy Carlisle Malthouse

Muir Burns Cunningham

Owen Hamill Hall

Jackson Lockett Keogh


Ditterich, Vidovic, Krakouer


Bob Pascoe, Herbert, W.Jones, Black

Coach - Killigrew

Any thoughts?
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Re: We need a bit of toughness!

Postby skeptic » Fri 22 Dec 2017 8:45pm

My GOD,

Look at that forward line... the opposition defenders would be afraid to touch the ball, anyone foolish enough to play as a spare back is going to the hospital.

Chances are they’re four down at 1/4 time
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Re: We need a bit of toughness!

Postby Con Gorozidis » Fri 22 Dec 2017 9:49pm

Russell Jeffrey was one of the toughest I've ever seen.
He terrorised Gary Ablett Sr one day and that didn't happen very often. Ablett didn't want to go near the ball that day.
Good player too. I think his career was cut short by injury.
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Re: We need a bit of toughness!

Postby saynta » Sat 23 Dec 2017 8:59am

Jeffrey originally played for Geelong before two stints with the Saints. Great player on his day but we traded him to the Bears anyway.
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Re: We need a bit of toughness!

Postby Linton Lodger » Sat 23 Dec 2017 12:52pm

This current crop have plenty of mongrel, that's what I loved about the Murphy sledging and the way they rallied for Big Jake.
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Re: We need a bit of toughness!

Postby Con Gorozidis » Sat 23 Dec 2017 4:24pm

saynta wrote:Jeffrey originally played for Geelong before two stints with the Saints. Great player on his day but we traded him to the Bears anyway.

From Darwin. St Mary's. Same club as Ben Long.
Went to Geelong but didn't play any games.
Played 42 games for the Saints.
Was a big deal for an Indigenous bloke to come down to Melbourne in those days.
Was one heck of a player. And tough. Bloody tough.
Lovely bloke apparently. I think he got in to coaching or is still involved in footy.
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Re: We need a bit of toughness!

Postby Enrico_Misso » Sat 23 Dec 2017 10:34pm

My main Russell Jeffrey memory ...
Unfortunately in R8 1990 against North Jeffrey collided with Lockett injuring the great man.
At that stage he had kicked 52 goals in those 8 games - on track for over 140 goals.
Was out injured for the next 8 games.
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Re: We need a bit of toughness!

Postby Jacks Back » Sat 23 Dec 2017 10:57pm

saynta wrote:Jeffrey originally played for Geelong before two stints with the Saints. Great player on his day but we traded him to the Bears anyway.

Who did we get for him (or his pick)?
As president Peter Summers said:
“If we are going to be a contender, we may as well plan to win the bloody thing.”
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Re: We need a bit of toughness!

Postby Harves Man » Sun 24 Dec 2017 12:51am

Russell Jeffrey was an amazing player to watch - just fantastic. I remember him being pivital in winning against teams considered better than us. He was Captain-Coach of Jerilderie at just 24 years of age, before coming to us.
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