Dunstall and Lockett 1989


When Jason Dunstall was picked
to play for the Mighty Vics,
poor old Tony Lockett
was moved to the forward pocket.




Line ups for Vic vs SA State Game 1989 as per The Footy Record



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About Damian Balassone

Damian Balassone is a failed half-forward flanker who writes poetry. He is the author of 'Strange Game in a Strange Land'.


  1. Ha!
    Like the Peter Hudson/Jesus conundrum

  2. Yes, well played, Damo !! Haha

  3. Rick Kane says

    Great, work DB from a non-biased reader! That big V team looks half Hawks anyway! Cheers

  4. Barry Nicholls says

    So true. Even as a Croweater (former), I appreciate this. Fine work.

  5. DBalassone says

    Thanks for reading all. And Barry, it was a bit strange seeing a Queenslander line up for the Vics that day, but I wasn’t complaining.

  6. Riverina Rocket says

    And two NSW 1988 All-Australian players, Terry Daniher and David Murphy as well Damo!

  7. DBalassone says

    True, I think the rules were a bit dodgy at the time. SA got revenge when they played Wayne Carey a few years later.

    A full-strength NSW side was a bloody good side, given the talent in Southern NSW. Murphy could play. I recall him once taking a hanger and then playing on and drilling a goal from outside 50. Maybe goal of the year.

  8. Mickey Randall says

    Dermie on a forward flank and G. Lyon at centre-half back! Did Gary (the original one) play there much? In my memory he was a forward.

    Thanks DB.

  9. Rulebook says

    Insanely talented -Big V forward line – think my hammy might have been a tad sore before the game if I’d been a SA backman – Damian !

  10. E.regnans says

    Love it Damo.
    The game is on YouTube here:

    On-ballers & interchange for the game via Ch7 graphics were:
    VIC: S Madden, Watson, Weightman
    SA: Redden, Aish, Platten

    VIC (from): Pritchard, Bruns, G Dear, Wight, Stoneham, Mitchell
    SA: McGuinness, Mickan, Bubner, Smith

  11. E.regnans says

    I remember from that Melbourne Cup field, young Gavin Brown won the EJ Whitten medal that day.

  12. DBalassone says

    Great work ER. I couldn’t fit the whole team graphic in my photo. I still have the Footy Record from that day. I was among the 91,960 who braved the cold.

    Mickey, Garry Lyon played most of ‘89 at CHB and was a smashing success. I think Dermie started on the bench in this game and came on in the second half for Barry Stoneham.

    Rulebook, I hear you. And to think Gary Ablett, who was in career best form could’ve been there as well, but was suspended, ironically for elbowing Garry Lyon, just a few weeks prior.

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