1975 - 1990 - Part 3

No. 102 Terry O'Neill

Ever-reliable fullback/key position player who became a 100 game club favorite at Coorparoo after 101 AFL games with South Melbourne (1975-80) and Fitzroy (1981-83). Played 25 times for Queensland after moving north in 1984, and captained the State side in '88. Was a key member of Coorparoo's 1984-86 premiership wins and went on to coach the Roos in 1987-88.more

No. 103 Craig Potter

An outstanding junior from Western Districts who won All-Australian selection and the Queensland U17 B&F in 1982 who might have been one of the State's 'greats' but for chronic injury woes. An outstanding centre square exponent, he played 55 AFL games with the Sydney Swans in 1984 and from 1987-90, and the Brisbane Bears from 1991-92.more
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No. 104 Alan Piper

A hugely-respected businessman and football visionary who played a pivotal role in the establishment of AFL football in Queensland via the Brisbane Bears in 1987, and the club’s relocation from the Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1993. Originally from Melbourne, he moved north in 1976 to become a State team sponsor, State selector and QAFL executive member, and was among the selectors who in 1984 first picked an untried Jason Dunstall in the Queensland side, helping to set the future Hawthorn champion on the path to greatest.more

No. 105 Barry Roberts-Thompson

A Tasmanian-born fullback who represented the Apple Isle at schoolboy level and moved north as a teenager. Commenced his Queensland career at Ipswich, where he started as a full forward. Won the George Hall Medal (Reserve Grade) in 1967 while playing in Ipswich’s senior team that played reserve grade only. Was lured to Kedron where he was a triple B&F winner and a State team fixture through the 1970s.more

No. 106 Bill & Marj Shaw

The Shaw name is synonymous with Australian Football on the Darling Downs. Bill and Marj Shaw are two football identities always mentioned in the same breath, hence their joint induction. When people discuss the formation and development of the code in the Downs region the Shaw’s are always first mentioned. Marj Shaw, actively involved in the code’s administration from 1970-96, was the first secretary/registrar of the Darling Downs Australian Football League (DDAFL) in 1970 and held that position for more than 20 years, broken only by a stint as president in 1975.more
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No. 107 Don Smith

Champion Sandgate centre half back and captain from the Sunshine Coast who played 300 games from 1970-84 and was selected in the Queensland Team of the Century in 2003. A 1968 All-Australian U15 Schoolboys selection, he won the Grogan Medal as a 20-year-old in 1973 and again in '79. Enjoyed premiership triumphs in 1970-71-74-79, and played in losing grand final sides in 1972-73-76.more
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No. 108 John Stackpoole

A 251-game Sandgate champion and long-serving club captain who is one of the Hawks' alltime greats. Named on a half forward flank in the Queensland Team of the Century in 2003, he was a late developer, blossoming from an unlikely career beginning in which he was too small for football and instead played baseball in his youth. Dabbled in football with the Teachers club in 1966-67 and made his senior debut with the Hawks in '68.more

No. 109 Zane Taylor

One of the great Queensland players from the late 1970s, right through the early 1990s, and the official record-holder of most games for the State at 26. A fearless midfielder cum half back flanker, he joined Southport from Footscray as a 17-year-old and played 200 games with the club, including time in the Gold Coast League. Played in a staggering 16 grand finals in 16 years from 1975-90 - missing out altogether in 1984 but playing in two grand finals in '78 with Windsor-Zillmere and Southport under a curious permit arrangement.more

No. 110 Gary Wagner

A fleet-footed rover/wingman who won four B&Fs at Sandgate. A product of Sandgate High School, he played 214 games over 15 years and was a key member of the club's successful 1970s era, which included four premierships. Also represented Queensland many times through the ‘70s. Took a famous mark at the Gabba as he soared above the pack with umpire Tom MacArthur at his feet. Son Scott was a Queensland U17 captain who played for the Brisbane Bears Reserves.more

No. 111 Noel Wallis

From the well known Wallis football family, his contribution to Australian football in Queensland has largely come as a 26-year senior administrator at grass roots level in the Brisbane region. In July 1975 he was appointed secretary of the South Queensland Australian Football Association (SQAFA). He saw that body through several metamorphoses to resign in late 2001. Before his outstanding administrative career, like his brother Keith, he was a product of Western Districts, playing about 200 reserve grade and 15 senior games for the Bulldogs.more

No. 112 Neville Weller

A foundation member of the Windsor-Zillmere club as an 11-year-old in 1963 who went on to play 236 games for the Eagles as a hard-running, rugged and mobile ruckman. A member of Queensland Schoolboy teams in 1967-69, he was an uncompromising competitor who formed the backbone of Zillmere’s first premiership side in 1975 before a stint at Richmond in ‘76. Didn't enjoy Melbourne and returned home mid-season as the Eagles completed back-to-back flags. Picked up another premiership in 1981, and played 16 times for Queensland between 1970-79, invariably among the best players.more
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No. 113 Dale Woodall

A Sandgate, Windsor-Zillmere and Aspley junior who forged a magnificent QAFL career with Mayne. A spectacular, high-marking full forward after making his debut in defence, he was the QAFL's No.2 goal-kicker in his first season in 1977 with 85 goals, behind only Owen Backwell, and went on to win Hughson Medals in 1979-81-82. He was a premiership team member in '82 and Mayne B&F winner in ’83. Signed by South Melbourne in 1978, he didn't move to Melbourne until 1984 when he joined Collingwood.more

No. 114 Norm Dare

The adopted doyen of coaches in Queensland, he was named Queensland Coach of the Century in 2003 after a massive contribution at club and state level. A 72-game AFL player at Fitzroy from 1968-74, he began his coaching career with Fitzroy Reserves in 1978-79. Moved to Queensland in 1980 and tasted premiership success with Kedron in his first season. After two years at the helm of the Redlegs he moved to the Gold Coast in 1982 ahead of Southport’s entry to the then QAFL competition in 1983, and in six years with the club coached them to three premierships in 1983-85-87.more
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No. 115 Bill Ryan

Champion centre half back/forward from Geelong who played 167 AFL games from 1963- 72, represented Victoria in 1971 and was a member of the losing 1967 grand final side. Moved to Queensland in 1973 to join Coorparoo and captained Queensland in 1974-75, including the famous Gabba win over Tasmania, when he kicked five goals. Played a total of six times for Queensland and finished his career with Southport on the Gold Coast, where he played in five premiership sides.more

No. 116 Robert Shepherd

Gifted half forward who was All-Australian Schoolboys vice-captain in 1972 after winning the J.L.Williams Medal as the best player at the national carnival. A Sherwood junior, he was highly skilled, quick and elusive. Runner-up in the Grogan Medal in 1974 playing with Wests, he earned a ticket to Fitzroy where he played 43 AFL games from 1975-77. Was joint runner-up in the Grogan Medal again in 1980.more

No. 117 Grant Staunton

A playing veteran of more than 25 years with the Hervey Bay Bombers Club in the Bundaberg Wide Bay League, he boasts a record unrivalled in Queensland country. He has played in no less than 12 senior premierships and collected 12 B&F’s, the vast majority at his beloved Bombers. Later in his career he won the Bundaberg Wide Bay AFL League B&F’s Medal in 1996-97 and was runner-up in 1995-98. Having started his junior football there in the 1970s, he was a three time Queensland Country representative.more

No. 118 Kevin Symmons

Originally from Tasmania, he was a Hawthorn U19s and Reserves player who moved to Queensland in 1970 to carve out a brilliant umpiring career. Officiated in 260 QAFL matches, including a record equalling seven grand finals (with Tom McArthur and Matt Lee-Archer) and four interstate games, and had a brief stint as umpire’s advisor.more

No. 119 Keith Wallis

A product of Western Districts, he is the doyen of junior coaching in Queensland. In 1961, after several years as a solid performer in lower grades at the Bulldogs, he took over from Tom McArthur as schools coach. He spent time at Sandgate as a skills coach (1980-81), was Director of Football at South Brisbane (1982-83), and coached at Wests Juniors (1984-85) before a season as head coach at Kedron(1986).more

No. 120 Queensland Team 1974 - 1975

Australian Football in Queensland made massive strides in 1974-75. Attendance, media coverage and facility development increased a pace. There were many factors, but many pundits consider the most powerful driving force was the combined effort of the State side over this period. It began in Sydney in June 1974 at the AFC Section Two Championships. The Maroons were rank outsiders to win their first ever championship in its 24-year history but win it they did as thousands of Queenslanders listened to the final carnival game via radio.more
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