Brian McGowan and Darren Jolly

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The lengthy and in need of it’s Brian McGowan stood at solely 165 centimetres when he performed for South Melbourne as a second rover behind triple Brownlow Medallist Bob Skilton, whereas Darren Jolly was a particularly athletic 197-centimetre ruckman who performed for Sydney.

Regardless of the latter enjoying for less than 5 years, he featured in enoguh video games to affix Sydney’s elite top-100 recreation gamers.

Initially from Murray River city Barham in New South Wales, Brian McGowan began on the Swans in 1955 however performed only one recreation, in Spherical 13, in opposition to Fitzroy, scoring one aim. He missed the entire of the 1956 season – the 12 months Skilton arrived on the membership – however introduced his arrival in Spherical 1, 1957, with a four-goal efficiency in opposition to St Kilda.

For the rest of his profession McGowan performed second fiddle to Skilton and spent lengthy durations camped within the ahead pocket, the place he used his velocity and agility to turn into a useful aim sneak, commonly scoring a number of objectives, included hauls of seven (1959) and 6 (1961). In 1961 he scored objectives in 17 of the 18 video games he performed, lacking out in Spherical 16 in opposition to Footscray, and received the Swans goal-kicking award with 38 objectives.

Even right this moment his tally of 171 objectives has him positioned 31st on the membership’s all-time top-100 aim scorers record, so though his top-100 recreation participant standing could also be misplaced to Jake Lloyd early in 2019, his top-100 aim scorer standing won’t be threatened for many years to return.

Acknowledged because the shortest participant within the league at the moment, McGowan was additionally a pattern setter, being the primary participant to put on a bicycle helmet on the sphere in 1963, his closing 12 months on the membership. In 1964 he moved to South Australian crew Glenelg, successful the membership’s finest and fairest in 1965 and their aim kicking award in 1966 earlier than retiring on the finish of the 1967 season whereas captain.

The Swans weren’t profitable throughout his 9 years there, and though he performed in each one of many 18 video games out there to him in his final 5 years, he was unable to spice up his recreation tally by even one closing. This gives one other sharp distinction between him and his fellow hot-seat companion Darren Jolly.

Darren Jolly was on the Swans for less than 5 years, however his complete variety of video games for the membership included ten finals and he performed at the very least 22 video games in yearly from 2005 to 2009, together with the 2005 grand closing win.

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Initially from Lexton, he performed for the North Ballarat Rebels earlier than beginning his AFL profession at Melbourne in 2001. After 4 years on the Demons during which he performed 48 video games, he was traded to Sydney, the place he proved to be an excellent success.

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In 2010 Jolly returned to Victoria to play for Collingwood and was once more rewarded with a premiership within the first of his 4 years on the membership. In complete he performed 71 video games for the Magpies, and his AFL profession completed in 2013 with a complete of 237 video games, together with 22 finals, and 122 objectives.

His finest 12 months at Collingwood was his first, during which he performed 26 video games and kicked 24 objectives, the perfect video games and objectives tally of his profession.


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