Billy Orchard

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Billy Orchard
Personal information
Date of birth 9 August 1888
Date of death 22 July 1965(1965-07-22) (aged 76)
Place of death Geelong, Victoria
Original team(s) Geelong Grammar
Debut Round 16, 1906, Geelong
vs. Carlton, at Corio Oval
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1906, 1908–1915 Geelong 112 (67)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1914 Geelong 18 (11–6–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1915.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Billy Orchard (9 August 1888 – 22 July 1965) was an Australian rules football player for the Geelong Football Club between 1906 and 1915. He captained the club for two seasons in 1914 and 1915. He was also playing coach in 1914.[1] In October 1916 he played in an Australian Rules exhibition match at the Queen's Club ground in London for the 3rd Division A.I.F team which defeated the Training Unit Team.[2] He was a field umpire in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1920s.

In 1918 at Ypres he was awarded the Military Cross for "the efficient manner in which he (Captain Orchard) carried out his task of reorganisation and his cheerfulness under depressing circumstances that earned for him the Military Cross." [3]

Orchard was also an outstanding cricketer taking 264 wickets at 12.6 between 1903–1936 in the Geelong Cricket Association.

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  1. ^ Geelong Football Club Honour Roll
  2. ^ The Game of their Lives; Nick Richardson, Pan Macmillan, Sydney, 2016
  3. ^ The Story and Official History of the 38th Battalion A.I.F.; Eric Fairey : The Bendigo Advertiser Pty Ltd and the Cambridge Press; Bendigo, Vic. 1920

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