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Best Player to wear #24 since 1964.


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Here is a list of MFC players to wear #24 since 1964, courtesy of Demonwiki. There are some interesting names there, but not a lot of games wearing #24, or games for that matter.   Note that Ian Ridley is just outside the date range.

Ross Dillon

Wayne Delmenico

Graham Osborne

Kelvin Richards

Tony Martyn

Des O'Dwyer

Steven McCarthy

Brett Bailey

Luke Beveridge

Phil Gilbert

Clay Sampson

Russell Robertson

Liam Jurrah

Jay Kennedy Harris

Trent Rivers

I think there is no doubt that Robbo is the standout, but then Dillon and Jurrah?

What do you think?

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Ross Dillon was my first ever Demon hero, closely followed by Robbo, so I love the number. 
Apart from Jurrah, there’s not much else on the list to get excited about, though in saying that , obviously Rivers is going to rewrite the history of #24

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17 minutes ago, joeboy said:

Ross Dillon was my first ever Demon hero

He was certainly on my radar when I was a kid.  One of those all round sports who excelled at football and cricket.  He played in those days when a knee injury was the end of many a promising career.

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Ross Dillon was one of my favourites but Russell Robertson is a Demon great that has a special place in my families hearts and agree that Trent Rivers could be anything.!!

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4 minutes ago, DeeZone said:

Ross Dillon was one of my favourites but Russell Robertson is a Demon great that has a special place in my families hearts and agree that Trent Rivers could be anything.!!

Robbo would have been even greater if he kept his feet.

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Only 1 premiership player since 64'. Might well be behind a few at this stage - certainly not the flashy stuff of Robbo and Jurrah - However by the end of his career reckon young Rivers may be the best of the lot. 

The kid just gets to the right spots, a ball magnet from half back as a 2nd year player. No sign of 2nd year blues - so much upside to come

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1: Dillon: 85 injury-interrupted games in a very ordinary side in which he won regular Victorian selection.

2: Robertson: 228 games, great player but one dimensional, mark but no chase... 

3:  Jarrah: the complete freakish footballer, but only 36 games...

 

Trent Rivers will be number one by the time he's finished.

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1 hour ago, dieter said:

1: Dillon: 85 injury-interrupted games in a very ordinary side in which he won regular Victorian selection.

2: Robertson: 228 games, great player but one dimensional, mark but no chase... 

3:  Jarrah: the complete freakish footballer, but only 36 games...

 

Trent Rivers will be number one by the time he's finished.

He dominated with the Big V, just quietly.

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But Robbo kicked those crucial goals and lots of them that won us games of football. !!

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7 hours ago, DeeZone said:

But Robbo kicked those crucial goals and lots of them that won us games of football. !!

I agree Robbo  was the best in kicking goals that's what he was there for. 
BUT as pointed out once he didn't take the mark that was the end of the ball game!

No tackles and not any good ground ball getters ( crumbles) to mop up.

Wonder  how Goody would have gotten around this problem. 

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Ross Dillon easily no 1. Brett Bailey was a very underated midfielder who played 80 + games for MFC.I remember one game where he kicked 5 goals vs Essendrug when they were good.

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Extra fitness and tough crumbers at his feet.!!

187 cms

428 goals

Rising Star nominee 1998

4 x Leading goal kicker

2003 - Keith Blueye Truscott Winner

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Crumbers.
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2 hours ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

Ross Dillon's reputation suffers from playing in a terrible team for all his career. On the other hand, he did get to sit with the Queen, Prince Phillip and Princess Anne. (It's a bit sad when that's probably the highlight of your career.)

Great photo.  (How did Ross Smith get in that photo opportunity)

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Robbo kicked 419 goals and is fourth on the all time goal kicking list and only 7 behind Garry Lyon. He was the only 24 since 1964 to win a B&F (I think).

I didn't see Ross Dillon play but Robbo has a much better CV for Melbourne.

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14 hours ago, IRW said:

LJ  hands down

In terms of potential and probably talent I could possibly agree but at only 30 odd games .......  Otherwise we could end up in the mythical realms of the 3rd Flower brother and the 4th Waugh brother....

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 Ross Dillon had a Schwarz like career .After his first game against Richmond he was touted as being a future super star .But he did the knee soon  thereafter and although he became a valuable player on his return he was never quite the same both here or in SA  .As good a judge of the flight of the ball as you will ever seer 

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10 hours ago, picket fence said:

Ross Dillon easily no 1. Brett Bailey was a very underated midfielder who played 80 + games for MFC.I remember one game where he kicked 5 goals vs Essendrug when they were good.

Bailey snapped the goal that gave us the pre-petracca premiership in 1987.

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Robertson was an excitement machine. Not a very tall fwd...about the same height as Fritta I think but a fair amount more solid. Gee he could leap and like Fritta always knew where the goals were and kicked some spectacular ones. 

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