Gordon Collis

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Gordon Collis
Personal information
Date of birth (1940-11-06) 6 November 1940 (age 73)
Original team Healesville
Height/Weight 187 cm / 83 kg
Position(s) Centre half-back
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1961-1967 Carlton 95 (40)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1967 season.
Career highlights

Gordon Collis (born 6 November 1940) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League.[1]

Recruited from Healesville, Collis played less than 100 games of VFL football, but his place in history is assured as a winner of one of the game's highest honours - the Brownlow Medal.[1]

Collis won the medal in 1964 with 27 votes. Ironically, in 1964 Carlton had its worst finish in the VFL, ending the season in 10th position.

Wearing number 17 for the Blues between 1961 and 1967 (playing 95 games and booting 40 goals), the red-haired Collis played primarily at centre half-back before injuries forced his retirement.

Collis credited his optician with the Brownlow win, as in 1963 he struggled to see the ball[1] and "All the other chaps would be coming down as I started to go up."[citation needed] This was rectified with contact lenses, resulting in a much improved 1964.[1] Collis became Carlton's second Medallist in four years, following John James who won in 1961.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 134. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.
Preceded by
Bob Skilton
Brownlow Medallist
1964
Succeeded by
Ian Stewart, Noel Teasdale
Preceded by
John Nicholls
Carlton Best and Fairest winner
1964
Succeeded by
John Nicholls