Your Favourite - Best Ever players at Central District?

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Your Favourite - Best Ever players at Central District?

Post by Ben W on Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:08 pm

Just reflecting on if I was going to put together a top five of who I considered to be the best, or my own favourite players at Central District who I would put on that list. Here is the list that I have come up with, I would be interested to see what names you would put on your own list if you would like to have a go!

1. Roger Girdham - I think he was their best ever Captain, a great player whose loyalty to the club always came first. Stuck with the club through thick and thin. Perhaps he was not as good as the likes of Platten, but someone who I really respected as a footballer anyway.

2. Wilbur Wilson - Many early memories of the great man in the early 1980's. Popular with his own and rival club fans alike, perhaps a rarity being a Left footer and an accurate goal kicker.

3, John Platten - It's pretty hard not to put someone on any list like this that has won both the Magarey Medal and the Brownlow. Love the fact that he returned to Central at the end of his career with the Hawks.

4, "The Gowans Twins". - Chris and James Gowans were both clearly some of the best ever players to play SANFL in the modern era and for the time that they were there were the engine room of the CDFC.

5, Anthony Ingerson. If memory serves me correct he was not one of the founding members of the AFC team but recruited soon afterwards. He earned his spot by his sheer tenacity with the way he went about playing for Central and his versatility to fill gaps and step up when needed.

I did not put Gilbert McAdam on my list but do acknowledge his contribution in terms of winning the Magarey and the fact that he was another player that returned to Central at the end of his career.

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Re: Your Favourite - Best Ever players at Central District?

Post by coza on Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:26 pm

Greg Edwards
John platten
Wilfred Wilson
Anthony ingerson
Craig Braddy
Rudi MANDEMAKER
GOWANS boys
Daniel Healy
Gavin Chaplin
Marco bello
Rick MACGOWAN
Robert chopper Handley
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Re: Your Favourite - Best Ever players at Central District?

Post by Flag No.10 on Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:46 pm

Ken Eustice was pretty handy.
Platten was a star.
Gilbert McAdam was brilliant in his Magarey year.
I also had a lot of respect for Phil Haughan, John Duckworth and Michael Wright.

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Post by blueandwhite on Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:25 pm

Sonny Morey.
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Post by bayman on Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:44 pm

not that i saw him play but wouldn't Gary Window make a 'best player list' for Central ?
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Re: Your Favourite - Best Ever players at Central District?

Post by Ben W on Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:32 pm

Sadly Gary Window was before my time as well, but I would like to hear from those that saw him first hand, he has an interesting story with a peak and then a trough then a crack at coaching the Senior team.
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Post by coza on Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:41 pm

bayman wrote:not that i saw him play but wouldn't Gary Window make a 'best player list' for Central ?
he sure would, but I never saw him play so not on my fav players I saw list lol, he made centrals greates ever side in its first 30 years.my best ever side picked over the years would be this. I've been a dogs man since 1979 and have missed only half a doz games since.

FF m.bello r.mandemaker w.wilson
HF c.gowans d.schell d.saywell
C n.steinberner r.macgowan mcadam
HB P.thomas b.haraida h.hopwood
FB s.lee y.sibenaler s.morey
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J.mackenzie j.gowans j.platten
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R.girdham(c) d.healy I.callinan a.ingerson
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Post by coza on Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:43 pm

Ben W wrote:Sadly Gary Window was before my time as well, but I would like to hear from those that saw him first hand, he has an interesting story with a peak and then a trough then a crack at coaching the Senior team.
I think he moved away and coached in the country for a season or two before he came back to the club. Was capt of the reserves side for a few years at the end of his career I think to help with the development of young players. Was state reserves capt aswel I think.
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Re: Your Favourite - Best Ever players at Central District?

Post by Ben W on Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:59 pm

[quote="coza"
FF m.bello r.mandemaker w.wilson
HF c.gowans d.schell d.saywell
C n.steinberner r.macgowan mcadam
HB P.thomas b.haraida h.hopwood
FB s.lee y.sibenaler s.morey
Rucks
J.mackenzie j.gowans j.platten
Int
R.girdham(c) d.healy I.callinan a.ingerson [/quote]

I like the look of your list there, I think that group may well give a current SANFL team more than just a few problems!
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Re: Your Favourite - Best Ever players at Central District?

Post by Flag No.10 on Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:38 am

I think Richard Cousins might deserve a spot in that side.

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Post by coza on Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:25 pm

Flag No.10 wrote:I think Richard Cousins might deserve a spot in that side.
he sure would mate, he was one of my fav players when I was a young teen. But Mackenzie for mine was the best ruck we have seen at centrals. Had great hands for a ruckman in close and was a quick thinker. A Peter Carey type ruckman I would say.
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Post by goddy11 on Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:07 pm

There were 22 great players against the eagles in 2006 and 2011
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Re: Your Favourite - Best Ever players at Central District?

Post by coza on Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:53 pm

goddy11 wrote:There were 22 great players against the eagles in 2006 and 2011
yes and even greater players in 2000 2001 2004 (record 125pts) and 2005 Smile
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Post by Flag No.10 on Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:44 pm

How would Mackenzie have gone against Dean Farnham or Richard Lounder?

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Post by coza on Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:12 am

01.19.2016Mackenzie would match them body on body, might give away 7 or 8cm but his quick mind and footy smarts would win out in the end. Lounder never had a second or third effort like Mackenzie did, Farnham would be a great clash but mackenzies work around the ground would win it for him.
My top 5 rucks at centrals in my eyes would be Mackenzie cousins Farnham Moore and Arnold with Paul Scoullar moving in quick. Peter beythien always gave his all for a short ruckman 190cm
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Post by Scrunch on Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:22 am

Buckets was a brilliant ruckman, everything you want in a big man. Underrated outside of Elizabeth imho
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Post by bayman on Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:32 am

Scrunch wrote:Buckets was a brilliant ruckman, everything you want in a big man. Underrated outside of Elizabeth imho

I would have thought he was rated highly by the whole SANFL, whether that be the supporters or the opposition teams & coaching staff......i once told Big Phil although not quite as skilled he reminded me of the way Peter Carey played when in the ruck
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Post by Scrunch on Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:36 am

I think he's rated, but nowhere near highly enough by many. Just my opinion (that's what the IMHO was for)
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Post by coza on Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:02 pm

Most enemy suporters don't see them play every week so don't see what us doggy suporters do and the same with us with your players. I bet if you asked your clubs ruckman who played on Jason they would give you a great insight in to how good he was for us. And jack Oatey around his neck tells you something I would think.
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Post by Scrunch on Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:42 am

coza wrote:Most enemy suporters don't see them play every week so don't see what us doggy suporters do and the same with us with your players. I bet if you asked your clubs ruckman who played on Jason they would give you a great insight in to how good he was for us. And jack Oatey around his neck tells you something I would think.

Completely agree with all of that, I'm a massive fan, but most people I know (including some in SANFL circles) say he was OK, when in fact I think he was much more valuable than that.
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Post by Paul on Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:31 pm

Always liked that guy in the early 80s who wore glasses.

Stephen Boehm I think?
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