Eric Glass

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Eric Glass
Personal information
Full name Eric George Glass
Nickname(s) Tarzan
Date of birth 22 February 1910
Place of birth Northam, Western Australia
Date of death 29 July 1985
Place of death Ashwood, Victoria
Original team East Fremantle
Height/Weight 178 cm / 89 kg
Position(s) Forward pocket/Ruck rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1933–1938 Melbourne 78 (135)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1938 season.
Career highlights

Eric George "Tarzan" Glass (born 22 February 1910; died 29 July 1985) was an Australian rules footballer who played originally for Goomalling, then for East Fremantle in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), for Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and for Williamstown in the Victorian Football Association (VFA). He also served in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II.

Early life[edit]

Glass was born on 22 February 1910 in Northam, Western Australia[1] and raised in Goomalling, Western Australia.[2]

Football career[edit]

East Fremantle[edit]

Glass began his senior career with East Fremantle, playing in the WAFL.[3] A "heavy, raw recruit", he debuted in 1927 and was considered to be "slow and cumbersome" at the beginning of his career.[4] In his time with East Fremantle Glass played 55 games,[3] becoming one of the team's "strongest and most useful players".[4] Included in that were the 1930 and 1931 Grand Finals, both of which East Fremantle won.[3] In the 1930 Grand Final Glass kicked two goals, playing as a full forward, and in 1931 he again kicked two goals, this time playing on the half forward flank.[3] He played for East Fremantle until the end of the 1932 season.[3]

Melbourne[edit]

Carlton star Jim Park taking a "specky" over Glass, 12 May 1938

Prior to the 1933 season, Glass was recruited by Melbourne to play in the VFL. This required Glass to leave his home state of Western Australia and relocate to Victoria, but Melbourne offered Glass a job, as an employee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground,[5] and Glass accepted the offer. It was during his time at Melbourne that Glass received the nickname "Tarzan", for his ferocious determination to win the ball.[3] Glass began his career at Melbourne as a midfielder, kicking only eight goals in his first 13 games, but polling seven Brownlow Medal votes. In 1934 and 1935 his goalkicking increased, kicking 20 and 21 goals respectively. Glass's best season for the Demons came in 1936; he played mainly as a forward, where he formed a good combination with full forward, Norm Smith. Glass finished 1936 having kicked 56 goals and won Melbourne's Leading Goalkicker Award,[6] in a season when the Demons finished third, their best result while Glass played for them.[7] Glass played two more seasons for Melbourne, 1937 and 1938, but neither were as successful as his 1936 season and he could manage only 16 games throughout the two years. Glass left Melbourne at the end of 1938 having played 78 games and amassed 138 goals,[6] but unfortunately for him, the Demons went on to win the next three VFL premierships.[7]

Williamstown[edit]

Having left Melbourne, Glass was recruited by Williamstown, who played in the VFA, the second tier Australian rules football competition in Victoria.[8] In his first season with Williamstown, the Seagulls won their third VFA premiership, winning the Grand Final against Brunswick by a single point, with Glass playing as a ruck-rover.[9] Glass played with Williamstown from 1939 until 1941, when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force to serve in World War II.[1]

Glass enlisted after the conclusion of the 1941 season, on 26 November.[1] Due to his involvement in World War II, Glass ceased playing for Williamstown.[10] Despite being officially discharged from the Air Force on 5 September 1946, with the rank of corporal,[1] Glass did play one more season for the Seagulls in 1945.[10] He was named as the team's vice-captain at the beginning of the season[11] and played for Williamstown in their 1945 Grand Final victory over Port Melbourne.[9] The 1945 season was Glass' last and he retired having played 82 VFA games for a return of 54 goals.[10]

Glass died on 29 July 1985 in Ashwood, Victoria and was buried at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery.[12] In 2003 he was posthumously selected in the Williamstown Football Club's Team of the Century, in the position of ruck-rover.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Glass, Eric George". WW2 Nominal Roll. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "East Fremantle Club". The West Australian. 4 April 1930. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Eric Glass (East Fremantle, Melbourne, Williamstown)". Full Points Footy. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Promising recruits for Swans". The West Australian. 14 April 1953. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Players from Victoria". The West Australian. 17 January 1936. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Main, Jim; Holmesby, Russell (1992). The Encyclopedia of League Footballers. Melbourne, Victoria: Wilkinson Books. p. 148. ISBN 1-86337-085-4.
  7. ^ a b "Melbourne FC Honour Roll". Official AFL Website of the Melbourne Football Club. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Rise of Curtain". The Age. 20 April 1940. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Premierships". Williamstown Football Club. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c "The 100 Nominated Players". Williamstown Football Club. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Collier and Stackpole cleared". The Argus. 5 April 1945. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  12. ^ Springvale Botanical Cemetery. "Deceased Search - Eric George Glass". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  13. ^ "It's official: Williamstown's Team of the Century". Williamstown Football Club. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 

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