Mildura Weekly : Friday January 2 Vol 9 No 8 2015
12 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2015 IT was 1962, and a young Red Cliffs-born bloke by the name of Des Dickson, the youngest of the talented Dickson sporting clan, had pulled on the boots for the first time with Hawthorn - a reserves game against Foot- scray in the Victorian Foot- ball League. Des had a few things in his favour. He was quick off the mark for his size...6ft 1in and around 14 stone in the old ‘language,’ had great marking and kicking skills, knew the value of team sports - and was as tough as nails. A Bulldogs big man de- cided to test out the young- ster from the bush, and decked him with a solid right to the head behind play. Unluckily for the Foot- scray king-hit merchant, Des’ good friend and team-mate Phillip Garwood, the mid- dleweight boxing champion of Tasmania, saw what hap- pened, quickly evened the score - and all of a sudden it was on for young and old. As Des has recounted many times, he and Gar- wood stood back to back as would-be avenging Bulldogs rushed in, but when the dust had settled, only 14 Foot- scray players remained on their feet. The rest had been carried off unconscious, with others licking their wounds...and Des had been reported by every umpire on the ground – a total of 10 re- ports. Unbelievably, he got off! There were so many pieces of paper being thrown around during two separate tribunal hearings, so many conflicting reports and so much confu- sion that tribunal chairman Tom Hammond dismissed all charges. Des was free to pull on the boots the following week - this time in the seniors. It was a game against Collin- gwood, at Victoria Park. A press report of the day said that Des was so fired up he ran through the first Colling- wood player he came across - Des Tuddenham! “There was a nice old dust-up,” Des said. “It happened right in front of the Collingwood faithful.” That’s when he was given the nick-name ‘Delicate Des’ by the great Lou Richards, (others dubbed him ‘Mr Bad Boy’), and he later also won praise from another legend of the game - and no strang- er to the biff himself - Jack Dyer, who described Des as; “the sort of player coaches dream about.” The ‘Delicate Des’ tag has stuck for life, especially with The Dickson boys were in fine form, swapping yarns about their Mallee upbringing well into the fanatic Royce. He’s the former teacher they call ‘The Scholar,’ featured in the last Tough as they come; Lou Richards firstname.lastname@example.org By Alan Erskine FRIDAY People • MEMORIES: Des Dickson relaxes at Colignan during a recent family reunion.
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