Past VFL/AFL Players

Jim Capp

Club: St Kilda

Years: 1955

Games: 4

Goals: 0

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Warrick Capper

Clubs: Sydney, Brisbane

Years: 1983-1991

Games: 124

Goals: 388

Extremely flamboyant full-forward recruited from Oakleigh Districts, Capper was known for his tight shorts, white boots, blond hair and freakish marking ability. Capper topped the Swans' goalkicking each season from 1984-7 and, in 1987, became only the second Swan player behind Bob Pratt) to kick the ton in a season - with 103 goals. He crossed to the Bears in 1988 with only limited success and returned for one final season with the Swans in 1991.

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Bernie Conlen

Club: South Melbourne

Years: 1981

Games: 2

Goals: 0

Tiny ex-Oakleigh District rover.

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John Ferguson

Club: Richmond

Years: 1969

Games: 7

Goals: 0
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Laurie Fowler

Clubs: Richmond, Melbourne

Years: 1971-81

Games: 189

Goals: 67

A ruthless and determined back line player from Oakleigh Districts who gave great service to Melbourne, but was probably best remembered as a Richmond player for upending the four stone heavier John Nicholls in the 1973 grand final and setting his team on the path to victory. He also nullified the Carlton resting rovers that afternoon and gave a fine back pocket exhibition. Won best and fairest awards for Melbourne in 1975, 1979 and 1980 and represented Victoria in 1980 and 1981 before walking out over a contract dispute and joining VFA club Waverley.

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Graham Hocking

Club: South Melbourne

Years: 1971

Games: 1

Goals: 0
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Darryl Nisbet

Club: St Kilda

Years: 1970

Games: 1

Goals: 0

Ex-Oakleigh Districts defender.

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David Rhys-Jones

Clubs: South Melbourne/Sydney, Carlton

Years: 1980-92

Games: 182

Goals: 112

The highly volatile Rhys-Jones joined South Melbourne from Oakleigh Districts and soon made headlines for being reported several times in a match against Melbourne. He therefore became the bad boy of League football, despite dazzling skills and a seemingly nonchalant approach to the ball. He started his career on the wing, but blossomed into a fine utility able to play in key positions.In fact, he won the Norm Smith Medal as best on the ground at centre half-back in Carlton's 1987 grand final win over Hawthorn. A Victorian representative, Rhys-Jones struggled with injuries in his last three years.

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Andrew Tarpey

Club: Collingwood

Years: 1988-91

Games: 9

Goals: 1

Ex-Oakleigh Districts. Brother of Howard.

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Howard Tarpey

Club: Collingwood

Years: 1979

Games: 1

Goals: 0

Brother of Andrew. Ex-Oakleigh District and Morningside (Queensland).

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David Winbanks

Clubs: South Melbourne/Sydney, St Kilda

Years: 1981-83

Games: 17

Goals: 2

Ex-Oakleigh Districts defender and ruckman.

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Michael Wright

Club: South Melbourne

Years: 1978-80

Games: 40

Goals: 14

Ex-Oakleigh Districts utility. Steven's brother, he later made a name for himself in South Australian football.

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Stevie Wright

Club: South Melbourne/Sydney

Years: 1979-92

Games: 246

Goals: 247

Many people considered Wright too small for a League career when he came from Oakleigh Districts, after having trained briefly with Sandringham and Port Melbourne. But he proved all the critics wrong. A cheeky red-headed rover, Wright stuck with the Swans through the traumatic move to Sydney and was one of the linchpins on the field.
He overcame an injury which put him out for 12 months to late 1984 and he won the club's best and fairest in 1985 before the Edelsten years and again in 1990 ahead of such stars as Healy and Williams. His fierce aggression at the ball and neat disposal made him a tough assignment for the opposition. Even when his pace diminished he was able to use his guile to effect and win plenty of kicks.
He represented Victoria's B side against Tasmania in 1981 and in 1990 he was part of an historic NSW win over Victoria. His brother Michael played for South and their father John played a record number of games for VFA club Box Hill.
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