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Top Ten Tough Men/Psychos/Brawlers in the VFA
TOP TEN VFA TOUGH MEN/PSYCHOS/BRAWLERS There has been so many tough players, especially from the 1960s/70s. Here is some of the toughest/psychos/brawlers of yesteryear. JOHN SHARP Played and also coached Yarraville. Absolute white line fever at its best. Was banned by the VFA indefinately in 1983. Was reported several times and Yarraville was a feared team in 1977 especially with Sharp at his agro best. Was also more than a handy cricketer who should have played state and even at test level. DAVID THORPE Worked well in tandem with John Sharp. Was captain coach of the Grand Final team beaten by Mordialloc in 1977. In a game at Westgarth Street he psyched up his players to start a brawl as they ran onto the ground against Northcote. CHARLIE DANIELS Tall skinhead who was a psycho. It was not a case of how many kicks but who many punches were thrown. Won the best and fairest in the 1st Divsion Reserves in 1980 for Port Melbourne. Later transferred to Mordialloc. RYAN GILPIN Fixed up Nick Sautner on a couple of occasions. Sautner turned yellow at the sight of Gilpin. TREVOR PRICE Tough player from Coburg who fas a feared player in the 1970s. HAROLD MARTIN Played and coached with Preston, Sunshine, Box Hill and Coburg. Went toe to toe with Sam Kekovich in the 1978 VFA Grand Final LOU PEPE Was a cop and a hard man. Played with Prahran and when there was a fight he loved it. GRAHAM BUSTER HARLAND Tough as nails with no fear. Cleaned up Alan Harper in the 1976 GRAND FINAL. Finished his VFA career at Nothcote. ALAN HARPER Fixed up Fred Cook in the 1976 VFA Grand Final. Psycho who would go off at a flick of a switch. Transfered to play with Frankston's 1978 2nd Division flag. ALF BEUS Legendary tough character who had a stand name after him. Loved a fight.
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Some good memories there.... The hardest player I ever saw was Lyle Hendricksen from Dandenong...he looked and was tough.... For the complete nutcase award I'd give it to Andy Goodwin when he was at Frankston...he presented the Premiership Cup to Sandy on a platter when he went ape dropppings at Paul Dear.... I wouldn't call Trevor Price tough...what he did to John Scarlett was just thuggery... Mick Thompson from Port Melbourne was genuinely tough...I remmber on TV when he decked Brian Jones at Frankston IN FRONT of the moron mob...he would have jumped the fence I reckon given 1/2 a chance Sandy had a guy called Roy Watts back in the 70's who was pure loony..completely lost it on a couple of occasions... Agree with Alan Harper/Alf Beus... Big Norm Brown from Port Melbourne was genuinely tough...when Harper decked Fred Cook he went bananas... Ahhh...the memories...and I'm sure I've missed heaps

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"Mopsy" Frazer at Port/ Prahan has to be one of the looniest players of all time when he wasnt going crazy he was also a great player. Eddie Melai was also a crazy guy at times at Dandy.
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I'd have to give Richard Radzaminski of Sunshine a guernsey. He was, in a word, volatile! I recall one match at Camberwell when he'd been KO'd and was being practically carried off the ground, supported by two trainers. I made the polite suggestion that if he dished it out he should be prepared to take it! He went berserk, tore himself away from the trainers and tried to leap the fence at me. I can still see his face- red and cross-eyed! Luckily the trainers got him again, because I went white (people tell me!) and froze to the spot!! I was very quiet after that!

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'Rags' Radziminski was a nut. He played for Sunshine, Footscray, Williamstown and might have had a go at Yarravaille as well. Other psychos include John 'Sniper' Hook from Camberwell. Dandenong's Eddie Melai was tough, Brian Jones from Frankston was a nutter who once threw mud at me. Robbie Mace had a bit of a wight line fever. Got to mention Jeff Sarau who went beserk inn the 1989 Elimination Final between Frankston v Springvale. In the same game Alex Marcou's jaw was broken by Robert Mace. Former Richmond and South Melbourne player Daryl Vernon went sicko on a few occasions including the 1987 VFA Grand Final. Former Oakleigh player Wes Hillard was another sniper who once cleaned up Luke Soulos from Prahran with a king hit in front of a raged Toorak Park crowd. Coppers turned a blind eye to the dismay of the Prahran supporters whom wanted Wes Hillard's blood.
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Just remembered another nutcase... Bruce Gonsalves pf Preston....saw him throw himself at the wire race after the 1978 Grand Final...never seen anyone do that before or since....weird dude! I was at that game when Mace hit Alex Marcou....that was not tough...just plain gutless....behind play and against one of the smallest players ever to play football..no wonder he had zero respect from oppsition supporters..and just another reason to hate Frankston even more SamKekovich king hit Brian Adams of Sandy at Toorak Park....he got reported...should have got a minimum of 4 weeks as he broke Adams' jaw...so what happenes at the tribunal???....the defence gets up and say how much of a drawcard he is to the VFA....Case dismissed!,,...pathetic...

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Most of mine already mentioned above. Mick Thompson would take top spot for mine. Incurred two 8 week suspensions in the '80's and saw him in a game against Williamstown continuosly spitting in Glen Holders face as they went back to there positions after a goal. Apparently a hell of a nice guy off the field. Holder never did much for Willy, but was a Warrick Capper look a like (hence Thompson's disdain no doubt). Trevor Price did his nut after being sent off for Werribee down at Williamstown. On the way off the ground he decked someone in the Willy coaches box (I think it was John Grieve who later became VFA president), then jumped the fence and took on some Willy supporters in front of the grandstand before causing significant damage in the rooms. Saw Robert Mace clean up Ghazi down at Frankston straight from the ball up at the start of the 2nd half - broke Ghazi's nose, but was suspended for a while. Radzminski was more volatile than tough. Enigma - good footy player but short attention span. Other tough players include Allan Eade at Coburg, Buster Harland, George Allan (both Port), Shane Halas (very competitive Preston CHF), Phil Maylin and Darryl Vernon (both Springvale - tended to upset opponents who would retaliate), Ken Mansfield (knocked out Glyn Evans of Port in '83 1st Semi playing for Sandy). From Williamstown: Kevin Hughes was a socks down, tough going character, but very skilful. Once saw him run backwards with the ball out of a pack against Preston. Played opening game of '88 season for North Melbourne, but did his knee in 1st quarter, and didn't play senior footy again. Barry Gill (Willy cc mid 70's) ended Pat Flaherty's season in last game of 1973. Redlegs supporters would say that cost them the flag. While Mark Cross did some damage to Leigh Robertson (jaw I think) from Northcote down at Willy in '76.
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I’d agree with all those mentioned, strangely I know a couple of the culprits and all are most affable chaps off the ground. Mick Thompson was tough with a capital T, not a lunatic, just very hard at it. I played a fair bit of cricket with Glen Holder, he was a talented player but ended up lost to surfing. Johnny Sharp once ko’d a couple of Mordi blokes and Geoff Rosenow[cc mordi]who was a copper at the time told Sharpy he had half an hour to leave the city of Mordialloc or he’d lock him up. I remember Price going berserk at Willi that day, he was the ultimate fruit cake, would liken him to George The Animal Steele who used to eat the turnbuckles. One player I’d rate right up there is Wayne Muschialli, one of the quietest guys ever until he exploded. He chased Brett Yorgey[cc pt Melb]from one end of willis ground to the other before he caught him after Yorgey had flattened Billy Swan who was playing his first game for Willy after crossing from Port. Yorgey was stretchered off in a sea of blood. Muschialli’s dad was one of the most feared players to have played in the old Footscray District League. Some others I recall are Kevin Goss[pt melb] Harper and Castricum[Dandy]Mace[Fr’ston]Parsons[B’wick]Tommy Quinnfrom Oakleigh
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yeah mate do remember that keka game at prahran,young brian adams was killing them in the ruck then keka slam dunk broke brian adams nose ,could not play for the next 3 weeks and keka got off as stated tribunal said he was a draw card. Absolutely no consideration to the brian adams broken nose. Great game that day Sandy knocked them off though. What about the day Prahran coach playing at Sandy and Prahran getting a cool thrashing at half time then ordered all his team to tackle the zebras when they lined up after the 1/2 time break, again it back fired and they lost and were humilated with these schoolboy tactics, but great memories of the old VFA.The best thing about prahran was the great covered area for supporters and social room. GO ZEBS.[quote="zebraman"]Just remembered another nutcase... Bruce Gonsalves pf Preston....saw him throw himself at the wire race after the 1978 Grand Final...never seen anyone do that before or since....weird dude! I was at that game when Mace hit Alex Marcou....that was not tough...just plain gutless....behind play and against one of the smallest players ever to play football..no wonder he had zero respect from oppsition supporters..and just another reason to hate Frankston even more SamKekovich king hit Brian Adams of Sandy at Toorak Park....he got reported...should have got a minimum of 4 weeks as he broke Adams' jaw...so what happenes at the tribunal???....the defence gets up and say how much of a drawcard he is to the VFA....Case dismissed!,,...pathetic...[/quote] :D
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Check this hit out in the 1974 Grand Final (Port v Oakleigh) http://vflfooty.dyndns.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=62

 


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Dolphin
Thats Fantastic. Wish we still had crowds like that. I love the policeman on the horse; but where did he go??? He never makes it to the fight!

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