They Played 100 Games or More

The Hawks Museum has several displays that require annual updates.The frame containing photos of players who have ‘Played 100 Games or More’ is just one of these displays. Any player who has at least 100 games to his credit should be celebrated for seasons of skill, courage and dedication to the club. Each year there is movement in this list and players, both past and present, come in to see their new position in the display.

Garry Young played 108 games in the brown & gold. During his recent visit to the Museum, the centre half forward from the 1961 Premiership side found several teammates in our display.

Garry Young finds his photo in the 100 Games or More display

The Captain of that team, Graham Arthur played 232 games for Hawthorn. He can be found on the second row of photos, between Hawk favourites, Robert DiPierdomenico and Chris Mew. The side’s great full forward, John Peck inhabits the same row. He played 213 games, kicking 465 goals for the Hawks. Peck was a vital cog in the Grand Final, especially in the second half when he was moved into the ruck.

Having played 135 games, speedy wingman Col Youren sits next to another Premiership Hawk, Paul Hudson. A fan favourite, Youren was one of four former Scotch College students to play in that ’61 Flag. The other three Scotch boys were Malcolm Hill, John Winneke and Ian Law.

The 1961 side’s rover, Ian ‘Liberty’ Law was Hawthorn’s Best & Fairest player that year, in only his second season with the club. He finished his career on 106 games. Law’s photo sits next to that of another talented Hawk, James Morrissey.

One of the best players on the ground in that 1961 Grand Final was Brendan Edwards, who finds himself on 109 games. The super-fit Edwards played one more game than Garry Young.

Young’s photo sits next to that of ’61 teammate, Phil Hay. Playing a variety of positions, Hay found his best form at fullback. One of three brothers who played for the Hawks, Phil Hay wound up his Hawthorn career in 1966, finishing on 107 games.

Two more teammates sit next to one another – Cam McPherson and Les Kaine. McPherson, a half back flanker was recruited from Shepparton. He played 104 games from 1959-1966.

Les Kaine was a tough, hard-hitting defender who started his career as a forward. He played 103 games in the brown & gold, including the 1961 premiership. He played his last game in 1962.

The coach of the breakthrough 1961 Premiership, Club Legend, John Kennedy Snr can also be found in our display. His 164 games as a Hawthorn player from 1950-1959 places Kennedy in the middle of the fourth row. He sits between a player he coached in David Polkinghorne and a current player, gritty small forward, Paul Puopolo.

Is your favourite player in our display?Find out in the Hawks Museum.

Author: Rachel Bradshaw, Hawks Museum

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