John Gerovich

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John Gerovich
Gerovich statue.jpg
Statue of John Gerovich's famous mark
over Ray French in the 1956 WAFL preliminary final
Personal information
Full name John Michael Gerovich
Date of birth (1938-06-23) 23 June 1938 (age 76)
Original team Spearwood
Position(s) Centre half forward / Full forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1955–1969 South Fremantle 221 (771)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Western Australia 20 (56)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1969 season.

John Gerovich is a former Australian rules footballer who played with South Fremantle in the Western Australian National Football League (WANFL - now WAFL) during the 1950s and 1960s.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Gerovich was a key position forward, best known for high flying marks and his prolific goalkicking. One famous mark, which he took in the 1956 WANFL preliminary final over East Fremantle's Ray French is commemorated in a statue at Fremantle Oval by local sculptor Robert Hitchcock. The statue was based on a photograph of the mark, taken by The West Australian photographer Maurie Hammond and published on Wednesday, 10 October 1956.[2] The mark is also depicted in Jamie Cooper's painting the Game That Made Australia, commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport.[3]

Maurie Hammond's photograph from The West Australian

On three occasions he was the WAFL's top goalkicker, in 1956 with 74 goals, in 1960 with 101 goals and 1961 with 74 goals again. He also topped South Fremantle's goal-kicking eight times. When he retired after the 1969 season he had kicked a total of 721 goals for South Fremantle.

State football[edit]

Over the course of his career, he regularly represented Western Australia at interstate football and kicked 56 goals from his 18 representative games. Gerovich, of Croatian heritage, was an All-Australian at the 1956 Perth Carnival and played in the side which won the 1961 Brisbane Carnival.

Honours[edit]

In 2004 he was one of the inaugural inductees into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame. Gerovich is also a member of the Fremantle Football Hall of Legends and a centre half forward in the Fremantle Team of Legends which was established in 2007. The trophy for each season's leading goalkicker at South Fremantle is named after him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Gerovich - Player Bio". Australian Football. Slattery Media. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Everett, Les (2006). "Gero will fly forever". australianrules.com.au. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Game That Made Australia painting". Australian Football 150 Years. Australian Football League. Retrieved 19 November 2012.