AKA: The Blue and White Easybeats
Well, I’ve just survived another birthday as I head into my twilight years. As blokes get old the body changes. No matter how much time I spend in the gym, no matter how much raw and organic food I eat, I carry more weight than I should. May alcohol be a factor there? Also, in the follicle stakes, I’m not the hirsute chap I was last century, and it is due to the causal factor r.e. the latter I put fingers to keyboard.
I barracked for Geelong for 30 long years: 1969-1999. I saw greats like Doug Wade, Gary Ablett, Gary Hocking to name a few. I saw others who weren’t, to put to finer point on it, great. It is to these players who made me tear my hair out – or lose it due to the stress of seeing them on the ground in the blue and white hoops – I dedicate this side. Now I didn’t say these were the worst Geelong players I saw but…
I will qualify some of these names. Steve Carey and Alan Reid both played some good VFL games (for Essendon). Tim Darcy played some good games up forward early on, including kicking five at Windy Hill in 1982. However there was a period of him playing full back, where once a game he’d kick in straight to an opponent. A goal always resulted. I liked Darren Troy, though not as much as John Devine did. Troy was a muscly, determined player, but how he was picked as a centre man ahead of Paul Couch says something about by John Devine.
Anyway, here are the players who I blame for my hair loss:
B: C Nish, T Darcy, A Woodman
HB: S Carey, R Sarcevic, P Zychla
C: A Reid, D Troy, T Malakellis
HF: G Lindquist, A McGilivray, C Dowsett
F: I Lewtas, B Spinks, S Bamford
Foll: T Bourke, W Yates, G Wells
Inter: D Scale, T Spencer, R Sterrett, M Neeld
Emerg: R Bogunovich, S Hosking, D Denneman
Coach: J Devine