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NEWS 15 FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU home in Sunraysia He was instrumental in organising the first game of gaelic football against Ire- land – now known as the International Rules Series – in 1967, and played for the ‘Galahs’ in the inaugural Australian team coached by Ron Barassi. Off the field, Ian started the official Hawthorn Foot- ball Club magazine ‘Hawk- Talk’ in 1968, and was editor of the popular publication for its first two years. He also played an inte- gral part in starting a rep- resentative body for VFL footballers, which has now developed into the AFL Play- ers Association. Following his retirement in 1969, Ian stayed heavily involved in football, and his services to the Hawks was rec- ognised when he was named in Hawthorn’s Hall of Fame and Team of the Century. Joining elite company, Ian’s Team of the Century teammates include su- perstars Leigh Matthews, Mi- chael Tuck, John Platten, Dermott Brere- ton, Jason Dunstall and Pe- ter Knights. Playing in an era where footballers were still ama- teurs, Ian said the modern game is a lot different to the times when he was ‘lacing up the boots.’ “Teams are much more systematic about things now,” he said. “It’s interest- ing, I have watched Haw- thorn practice two or three times, and they don’t seem to work as hard as we used to. “We only had a narrow keyhole for training. We trained Tuesday and Thurs- day nights in the middle of winter, there wasn’t much daylight, and we were lucky to have decent lights! “Now they have more time to work on various ar- eas, which is terrific and it shows. “You really do have to admire their skills!” Still following his be- loved Hawks, Ian believes Hawthorn are capable of winning a magical fourth consecutive premiership, and is happy to advise friends to back them while they are still at a good price! Ian was no slouch on the cricket field either, and according to wife Barb, had all the attributes to play for Australia! A Hall of Fame member at Hawthorn-East Cricket Club, Ian was a talented left- handed batsmen who played four First Class games for Victoria under Australian legend Bill Lawry. Known for his stubborn- ness at the crease, Ian won Hawthorn’s batting average, a premiership and represent- ed Victoria, the year after his spectacular 1961 season on the football field! Ian was so highly re- garded as a batsman, that former English fast bowler John Snow labelled him “the toughest bloke he’d ever bowled to,” after Snow failed to remove him from the crease in a club grade final. Ian was also an outstand- ing rower, and after taking up squash became a success- ful State Grade player (no surprises there!) Now enjoying life in the slow lane, Ian spends his time helping Barb at Avoca Homestead, loves catching up with teammates and old foes from the sporting arena, plays the occasional game of tennis, and of course still finds time to follow his be- loved Hawks! • TEAM LAW: Ian and Barb relax in the tranquil grounds of their Avoca on Darling homestead, overlooking the Darling River. INSET: Ian is proudly a member of the Hawthorn Football Club’s Team of the Century, commemorated in this special artwork that hangs amongst his football playing memorabilia in his ‘trophy room’ (preceding page). 5022 7750 | 119 Langtree Avenue, Mildura Spot the NEW PRDnationwide Car & WIN One of Four Vouchers Weekly for Four Weeks “A dinner for two at the famous Mildura Brewery” Simply Identify THREE Local Icons on the NEW PRDnationwide Car Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org Winners will be announced on 99.5 Star FM and 97.9 Sun FM and also on the PRDnationwide Mildura Facebook Page. Proudly supported by Proudly supported by *Competition starts Friday 17th June and ends Friday 15th July 2016.
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