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    Re: Bulldogs By the Numbers

    Has there ever been a more precise kick of the ball than our next #9 of note, Lindsay Gilbee? He debuted in 2001 and wore #29 swapping to #9 in '02. He played 206 games and kicked 119 goals. He was a defender who liked to take the game on and didn't need to be inside 50m to snag a sausage roll. He was taken at number 43 in the draft. We hit the jackpot with that selection!

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    Jake Stringer wore #9 for 89 games and booted 160 goals. His 2015 season was something to behold; it seemed there was no limit to his outrageousness as he kicked freak goals, split packs and barn stormed his way past hapless defenders leaving them snatching at air or sprawled in his wake.

    His performance dropped off in 2016 but he still managed to kick 42 goals and some, in our finals campaign, were critical. And it is worth remembering that in both the Prelim and GF it was Jake who had the ball in his hands at the death. And the decisions he made in those critical moments were the right ones.
    It was hugely disappointing to legions of our supporters when we moved Jake on but it was the right decision. He should have been a Bulldog great - instead he is a great regret. I really rated him when he was at his best. He could do things beyond the capabilities of most players. Such a shame.

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    0ur current #9 Haydn Crozier has been with us for 3 years and 54 games and what a good player he has been. He had his doubters, me included, in his first year with us but those have been well and truly put to bed. He is an excellent rebounder who reads the play, marks strongly, spoils and tackles with intent and gives us some run. Hope he plays out his time with us.
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    Gordon Casey came to us in 1969 having spent the previous 2 years as a forward at Carlton where he played one game. He was the leading goal kicker in their Reserves in those two years.

    Initially he wore #34 but changed to #10. We turned him into a defender. He played 125 games for us as a tough back pocket who combined very well with full back David Darcy. He was good enough to be selected for Victoria. He finished with us in 1975, went West and played in the WAFL grand final in 1980.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merantau View Post
    Gordon Casey came to us in 1969 having spent the previous 2 years as a forward at Carlton where he played one game. He was the leading goal kicker in their Reserves in those two years.

    Initially he wore #34 but changed to #10. We turned him into a defender. He played 125 games for us as a tough back pocket who combined very well with full back David Darcy. He was good enough to be selected for Victoria. He finished with us in 1975, went West and played in the WAFL grand final in 1980.
    Gordon Casey was Chairman of Selectors and an assistant/specialist coach with us for many years too.
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    Gordon Casey was Chairman of Selectors and an assistant/specialist coach with us for many years too.
    Thanks for that input TD. My knowledge of the coaching and other personnel over the years is at best basic.
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    Season 1978 saw Mick Egan, from Kingsville YMCA, debut wearing #49 for one game. In 1979 he appeared wearing #10 and quickly established himself as a permanent fixture in the team for a 10 year, 128 game career as a courageous and dependable back pocket.
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    1988 saw Mark Hunter appear wearing #44. Next season he took over #10 and wore it for the remainder of his 130 game, 9 seasons career. He came to us from Geelong Reserves - their loss!

    Mark was a terrific defender for us. Totally reliable and dedicated to the cause. Proud fater of Lachie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merantau View Post
    Season 1978 saw Mick Egan, from Kingsville YMCA, debut wearing #49 for one game. In 1979 he appeared wearing #10 and quickly established himself as a permanent fixture in the team for a 10 year, 128 game career as a courageous and dependable back pocket.
    I had his number on my duffle coat in the early '80s. It's a shame he missed so many games in 1985. He would have been the perfect foil for Brad Hardie and the ideal match up for Leigh Matthews in the preliminary final.
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    Keep up the good work merantau - this thread is great!

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    Our next #10 of noted was talented sportsman Brett Montgomery. He captained Victorian Junior cricket 11s and played football for Essendon U/19s and Reserves but was delisted in 1991.

    He went to England and played League cricket for 2 seasons and then decided to have another try at football back home.

    He played VFA with Springvale winning a Premiership. We picked him up and added him to our Supplementary List where he won the Reserves B&F and was elevated to the Senior List. He debuted in Rd 2, 1997 aged 23.
    Monty quickly seized his opportunity and became a fine player wherever he played - forward or back. In 60 games between '97 and '99 he bagged 54 goals. He was an aerialist of note his trademark trick being extended hang time. I saw him take a couple of rippers at the "G".

    Why we traded him to Port on 2000 is a mystery. He won their B&F in his first season, had 6 years with them, played in their Premiership and racked up 126 games which yeilded 51 goals.

    He was delisted at the end of '05 as part of a 'youth policy'. He returned to us wearing #43 and gave excellent service. Flattened at the bounce of the 2006 Eliminated Final by Collingwood's Brodie Holland, he somehow managed to get to his feet to play the game of his life and kick four goals - an inspiring performance that spearheaded a great win.
    Tragedy struck in Rd 1, 2007 when a knee to the back resulted in a career ending injury.
    Since retirement Monty was an Assistant Coach at Carlton for three years before joining our coaching panel for many years. In 2018 he returned to Port as Assistant coach

    Monty was a very fine player - 204 games and 119 goals spread over 11 years bears testament to that.

    My thanks to Wikipedia and AFL Tables for information used in and all previous posts.

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    The '06 Elim and Monty's heroics. Holland got 6 weeks for the hit.

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    Brett Montgomery came to the club for the 1997 season, and was part of a real resurgence for the club at that time waring the #10.

    60 games as a forward and sometimes wingman in his first stint at the dogs, and then he was traded to Port where he played 126 games including a premiership, primarily as a defender. Came back to the dogs wearing #43 in a further 17 games for the club.

    Terrific player at both ends of the ground, who was a high flyer and brave. Only had one season in his career (2000 at Port) where he played in more losses than wins, and seemed to find success wherever he was at the time. Over 10% of his career games are finals.

    Has ended up a well respected assistant coach.

    (edit: apologies for doubling up with Merantau....posted this unaware of previous post)

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    Nathan Eagleton arrived from Port Power in 2000 in a trade for Brett Montgomery and a 2nd round draft pick. He came with an asterix beside his name as in season '99 he had been diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, an arrhythmia of the heart, after collapsing on the field.
    Thankfully for Nathan he suffered no repercussions and went on to have a long and productive 11 year career in the #10 guernsey playing 221 games for us and booting 186 goals for a 14 year career of 277 games and 231 goals.

    We recruited him for his long left foot and his hard running link up ability. In both he did not disappoint.

    A very fine player indeed who, in 2012, experienced Premiership joy in his last year of football when he played in a Premiership at the Happy Valley Football Club with his three younger brothers.

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    Premiership skipper Easton Wood debuted in 2009 wearing #29. Three years later he took over #10 and has now played 173 games. Courage, desperation and athleticism are hallmarks of his play. He won the B&F as a fitting tribute to his brilliant play in 2015

    His leadership in 2016 was a vital ingredient of our success. His performance in the finals series was inspirational. After a shaky start in front of the goals against Hawthorn it was Easton who stepped up to cooly slot our first major.
    Against GWS he lead from the front as usual, played a brilliant first quarter and was pivotal in turning back many of the Plastics forward entries. "Cometh the Hour. Cometh the Man."

    This compilation is a brilliant tribute to a Bulldog champ

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    There is no limit to the number of times you can view this. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    Bernie is in the Hall of Fame for his Brownlow, 2 X Colemans and 6 X leading club goalkicking awards...

    Unlike Kelvin Templeton mumble, gripe who has exactly the same record even though he played half as many games and for almost a decade less! just sayin'.
    It seems inconceivable that his ongoing omission isn't political. He must have upset somebody in his administration days.

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