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2023 Player Reviews: #14 Michael Hibberd


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Date of Birth: 1 March 1990
Height: 186cm
Weight: 94kg

Games MFC 2023: 12
Career Total: 197

Goals MFC 2023: 0
Career Total: 14

Games CDFC 2023: 4
Goals CDFC 2023: 0

The veteran defender eked out every ounce of energy in his aging football body and despite injuries that limited the number of his senior appearances, he was still a valuable member of the team right up to the end when he announced his retirement 

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He's a specialist and a keeper if we can.

The thought of he and Melk together in a combined flag winning coaching success, makes me lick my palate in unmitigated ironic glee...

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Hibbo has always been an honest, ‘heart and soul’, true (red & blue) contributor to our Great Club, ever since he first joined our ranks!  He has always given his all, even through the hardest of personal times, and is a Premiership player to boot!  All the very best Hibbo, for whatever lies ahead!

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Hibberd has been a wonderful servant of the club since crossing prior to the 2017 season - can't ask much more than a premiership and an All Australian from him.

I don't blame him for playing on after 2021 given the late start to his career, but his body has increasingly let him down and the club probably should have given a nudge at the end of 2022. 

Good luck to Hibbo for the next stage of his life.

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Michael Hibberd was a family favourite from day 1, his is a great footy story from late starter at Frankston VFL to becoming an All Austrians and Premiership player at the mighty Dees. A real character who suffered a number of challenges in his life (EFC) and the loss of his much loved brother in a boating accident. We loved his determination and never be beaten spirit, hard tough uncompromising footballer. Trust comes to mind with Hibbo, will be hard to replace.!

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