Gary Hardeman

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Gary Hardeman
Personal information
Date of birth (1950-02-26) 26 February 1950 (age 66)
Original team(s) St Peters, East Bentleigh. Moorabbin Technical School
Height/Weight 187 cm / 90 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1967–77, 1981 Melbourne 219 (113)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1981.
Career highlights

Gary Hardeman (born 26 February 1950) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) between the late 1960s and early 1980s.

Hardeman played as a half back and made his senior debut for Melbourne in the 1967 VFL season. He remained with the club until 1977, finishing second in the 1974 Brownlow Medal count and earning All Australian selection for his performance in the 1972 Perth Carnival. After leaving the club at the end of 1977 Hardeman joined Sturt in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) but returned to Melbourne in 1981 to play for one final season.

Hardeman is only one of four footballers, with Trevor Barker, Geoff Cunningham and Steven Smith, to have played 200 VFL/AFL games but not play a final.[1]

In 2000 he was selected at centre half back in Melbourne's official 'Team of the Century'.


  1. ^ Wilson, Caroline. "New MCC chief Steven Smith has some regrets over his 200-game football career". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 

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