Wool Team: Riverina nominations

There have many great players come out of the sheep-wheat country of the Riverina. Here’s some nominations for players who have wool backgrounds. Please add any others at the end of this post (in the comments section).


The Danihers  (Dad Jim and the four brothers)                                   Ungarie

Jimmy Prentice                                 Ariah Park

Rick Quade                                         Ariah Park

Peter Box                                            Grong Grong shearer

Jack and Tom Hawkins                   Finley

John Longmire

Justin Koschitzke                              from Brocklesby and Brocklesbury Station is where Tom Roberts painted Shearing the Rams in 1890

Ben Matthews

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and footyalmanac.com.au. He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Citrus Bob says

    Don Ross.? Footscray premiership player?

  2. Citrus Bob says

    Singapore weather may have got to me or is it the death of LKY. Big day here.

  3. craig dodson says


    As an initiative of GWS they recently named the Riverina team of the century.. this link lists the 50 players who made the shorlist.. will have to do some digging to see who has links to the wool industry:

  4. Peter Chisnall, Corowa, trained as a butcher so he was certainly capable of working with sheep.

    Former South Melbourne ruckmen, Fred Way, had a trucking business in Berrigan, so moving sheep was a regular event. Ditto Paul Kelly, fornmer Sydney brownlow medallist, who runs a trucking firm in Wagga. The late former Essendon and Sydney player, Merv Neagle also ran trucks in the area. True Merv was originally from the Mallee, but he spent his last decade in the Riverina.


  5. Leaping Leo Barry and Simon O’Donnell from Deniliquin. Billy Brownless from Jerilderie and some bloke called Crawford

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