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Graham MOLLOY

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 19
Career: 1965 to 1969
NFC Games: 76
NFC Goals: 73
Debut: v North Adelaide (Prospect) 26th June 1965
Finale: v Glenelg (Glenelg) 30th August 1969

Advertiser Team of the Year: 1968-69
South Australian Games: 5
All Australian: 1969
VFL/AFL Clubs: Melbourne
Tassie Medallist: 1969
 

Graham Molloy, a ruck rover, come centre half forward will be remembered by Norwood supporters as a strongly built, high marking, long kicking left-footer.
 
Making his debut in 1965, he came into real prominence in 1968-69, when the amazing spring in his legs helped him take "screamers", seemingly every time he flew for the ball.
 
In 1969, at the National Championships in Adelaide, he became the first South Australian to win the Tassie Medal, sharing the award with Western Australian Peter Eakins.
 
Sadly, his form for Norwood fell away after the championships, but he was still pursued by VFL clubs and ended up signing with the Melbourne Football Club.
 
Norwood refused several clearance applications, but after Melbourne paid a hefty transfer fee, Molloy made his VFL debut in 1970.
 
Despite playing 67 games in six seasons, he only showed glimpses of the 1968-69 form, most of the time being plagued by leg injuries.
 
After leaving Melbourne, he coached the Ringwood Football Club (VAFA) in 1976.
 
He finally returned to Norwood in 1982 and as a 35 year-old, played the season in the Reserves. His son Glenn also played League football for Norwood and Melbourne.

R Cialini Nov 2013


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