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Wartime Legend Bill Beck

In our view this photo of Canterbury’s first premiership team in 1920 is the most iconic picture in 136 years of history.

This photo that in recent years has been in the change rooms in sepia, depicts a team of mostly ANZAC veterans. A look closely at their faces shows you that these men had experienced horrors that defy description. This victory by 1 point against Mitcham who were a powerhouse at this time, made Canterbury the premier club in 1st Division, in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. Continue reading “Wartime Legend Bill Beck”

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Hawthorn Champ John Peck

Hawthorn did not beat Collingwood at Victoria Park from 1925 until 1960, when former Canterbury player John Peck goaled after the siren. It was a momentous victory. Peck went on to become one of Hawthorns greatest ever players.

The boy from Canterbury, who went to Canterbury State school as it was known, and played all his juniors at Canterbury FC, was picked by Hawthorn playing in our Under 18′s. 

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Rohan Walmsley

5 x B&F Rohan “Wombat” Walmsley

Ahead of our games this week we look at the career of another of our club greats. Rohan “Wombat” Walmsley who has five club Best & Fairest’s to his name. A feat only bettered in 136 years by ex Tiger and Hawk Stan Ogden.

James Nicolas – “Wombat is as good as any midfielder I have seen at the club.I have not seen one better. Able to get his own ball, he is also a wonderful finisher and tough as nails.He is “a good driver in heavy traffic.” When he gets that stare in his eyes, look out. Wombat has always been able to push forward take a strong grab and is an excellent set shot for goal. Continue reading “5 x B&F Rohan “Wombat” Walmsley”