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GRETA FOOTBALL CLUB PLAYERS WHO HAVE GONE ONTO PLAY

          

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PLAYER'S  DATE OF A F L A F L AFL GAMES  GRETA SENIOR
 NAME  BIRTH  DEBUT  CLUB  PLAYED  GAMES PLAYED
Ian Montgomery 03/05/1944  Rd.6, 1965 v Melbourne  Collingwood 48 53
Darren Steele 13/04/1966  Rd.8, 1984 v  Sydney Nth Melb & Geelong 119 & 18 Greta 3rds only
Karl Norman  30/05/1983  Rd.9, 2003 v Brisbane Carlton   27 3
           

 

Ian Montgomery

Arguably the club's most famous playing product was Ian Montgomery, who played for Greta between 1960 and 1962, representing the O & K F L senior representative side in 1961, as a 17 year old, then spending a season with Wangaratta in the Ovens & Murray F L, before heading down to the Collingwood FC in 1964.

Montgomery, in 1965, broke into the Collingwood side (coached by Bob Rose) for the first time in round six and played every game for the rest of the year, including two finals. He made 17 appearances the following season and played from the back pocket in the 1966 VFL Grand Final, which Collingwood lost by a point.

After two more seasons at Collingwood, Montgomery embarked on a coaching career and was the first ever coach of Rythdale-Officer-Cardinia in 1977, which played in the South West Gippsland FL. He also spent some time as an assistant coach at Dandenong in the Victorian Football Association.

 

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Darren Steele

Career: North Melbourne 1984-1992, Geelong 1993-1994
Games: North Melbourne 119, Geelong 18
Goals: North Melbourne 31, Geelong 7
Brownlow Medal: 20 career votes
Guernsey Numbers: 59: 1984, 7: 1985-1994
Height: 183cm
Weight: 83kg
DOB: 13 Apr 1966 (Debut: 18y 36d, Last: 28y 59d)

A tough, reliable defender/utility recruited from Wangaratta. His stamina and running ability made him a good player for North Melbourne and he thrived on confidence.

He developed into a handy tagger, but his form waned in his last two years at Arden Street. Traded to Geelong, he slotted in well at his new club.

Profile from 'The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers'

VFL/AFL: 9514th player to appear
North Melbourne: 750th player to appear

 * Darren's father, Des - a former 8 game Collingwood senior player, coached Greta seniors in 1977 & 78. Des played in Greta's 1980 senior premiership side.
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Karl originally played in the Ovens & King F L with the Greta F C Third 18 in 1997 & making his senior debut with Greta F C in 1998. Karl later followed his step father Andrew Smith over to Glenrowan F C in the O & K F L in 1999, when Andrew was appointed assistant coach. Karl then headed into the Ovens & Murray F L with the Wangaratta Rovers in 2000, playing in the Under 18 (WRFC Thirds B & F Winner) and also making his senior O & M F L debut in 2000. Interestingly, Karl played on Steve Johnson (now at Geelong) against Wangaratta FC in the 2000 O & M F L U/18 Preliminary Final. Karl then went back out to Glenrowan in 2001, winning their senior B & F, before heading back to Wangaratta Rovers in 2002, where he became the premier centre half back in the O & M F L, playing a stellar game in the 2002 senior Grand Final, before being drafted at No.79 in the Natrional AFL Draft to Carlton F C in late 2002.

Karl Norman was only on the Carlton list for 3 seasons, but had a controversial stay. Norman immediately caught the eye of Northern Bullants watchers with his long kicking, aggression on the ball, and arm tattoo. Over his first two years at Carlton, Norman was seen as a shining light in the development of their key position players with strong performances in the seconds and some great early games at Carlton in 2004, leading to a National Rising Star nomination in 2004 after an amazing rebounding game against the Cats.

Unfortunately, Norman was also in the press for personal reasons - a newspaper report about being late to training, another about alleged damage to a rental accommodation, and for an all-nighter with Laurence Angwin in early 2004. There is always rumour in football, but it's clear somewhere along the lines that Carlton gave up on more chances for Norman early in 2005, and he stayed in the Bullants - still performing - until ultimately delisted at the end of 2005.

The Western Buldogs were apparently keen on Karl doing a pre season with them in the summer of 2005/06, but for some reason it did not eventuate.

Norman will be remembered as one who had heaps of ability, but probably did not make the most of his opportunities at AFL.

Karl played with Mooroopna in 2006 & 2007 in the Goulburn Valley Football League. He is now a well established, mature senior player & the premier ruckman in the O & M F L with Wangaratta Rovers FNC in the Ovens & Murray F L, where his father, Steve kicked  1016 goals in a stellar career 242 game career!

Karl's grandfather, Terry "Rinso" Johnson was a premiership player at Wangaratta FC & coached the Greta F C seniors back in 1962.

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VFL / AFL PLAYERS WHO HAVE COME TO THE

O & K F L TO PLAY WITH THE GRETA F C

  PLAYER'S DATE OF VFL / AFL AFL / VFL    VFL G F C G F C
  NAME BIRTH DEBUT CLUB GAMES DEBUT GAMES
1 Laurie Nash  02/05/1910  1933 South Melb  99  1946  -
2 James "Jim" P. Hallahan  16/12/1911  1935 Footscray & Fitzroy  49  1951  64
3 Ken Bodger  15/12/1924  1944 Hawthorn  12  1954  35
4 Des Steele  27/11/1943  1962 Collingwood   8  1977  68
5 Geoff Lacey     St. Kilda Reserves (Res) 45   1976  122
6 Peter Mulrooney     St. Kilda Reserves    1991  61
7 Craig Patrick  24/10/1970  1988 North Melb U/19's    1998  116
8 Wayne Primmer  09/01/1959  1977 Essendon  40  2005  -
9 Brendan Van Schaik  02/07/1986  2005 Sandringham 1  2009   31 
10              

 

1. Laurie Nash was a non playing coach in 1946. 

2. Jim Hallahan was originally from the Rutherglen FC & finished 3rd in the 1933 Morris Medal, won by Bert Carey of Wangaratta FC.

7. Craig Patrick was selection No.35 to North Melbourne in the 1988 national draft

8. Wayne Primmer was a non playing coach of Greta F C in 2005,06 & 07.

9. Brendan Van Schaik, 203 cm, was selection 10 in the 2004 AFL Rookie Draft. 2005 - Melbourne FC, 2006 - Benalla FC, 2007 + 08 - Wangaratta FC.

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The great Laurie Nash

 

 

 

 

Karl Norman

Peter Mulrooney

Craig Patrick

Brendan Van Schaik in 2005 in Melbourne FC jumper

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