John Moody's league career began and ended on the same day at Norwood Oval in 1958. Soon after the big ruckman marked in the forward pocket and kicked an early goal, he was marking a kick-off from Peter Aish when North Adelaide high flier Don Lindner crashed into his back with both knees.
John played on to three-quarter time but developed septicaemia in the left kidney, which had to be removed. That ended his football and army careers.
John Masson Moody was born in Melbourne on 17 August 1935 and was a leader at King's College, Adelaide, and the Royal Military College, Duntroon, where he graduated with the Sword of Honour just three weeks after the kidney injury.
He left the army in 1960. With Duntroon, he had won the Mulrooney Medal for best and fairest in the ACTAFL in 1957 and 1958. In 2005 he was named one of the ACTAFL's greatest players of all time. He represented King's Old Collegians at football (wearing a protective plate) and cricket and was a pace bowler with Kensington.
He had a long career as Co-Principal of Pembroke School in Adelaide and Principal of Guildford Grammar School in Perth. His son Tom played Test cricket.
John Moody died on 2 October 2015
P Robins Oct 2015