Les Hardiman

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Les Hardiman
Personal information
Date of birth 1 April 1911
Date of death 29 June 1962(1962-06-29) (aged 51)
Original team(s) Chilwell (GJFA)
Height / weight 185 cm / 81 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1929-1937 Geelong 135 (236)
1938–1941 Subiaco 69 (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1941.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Les 'Splinter' Hardiman (1 April 1911 – 29 June 1962)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the VFL during the 1930s.

Hardiman was nicknamed 'Splinter' and was a key position player for Geelong. A premiership player with the club in 1931 and 1937, he also won their best and fairest award Theo Lewis Cup in 1933.

He represented Victoria 5 times in interstate football and was named on Geelong's interchange bench in their official 'Team of the Century'.

In 1938, Les Hardiman joined Haydn Bunton senior and Keith Shea in transferring to Subiaco, where he added a further 69 league games over the next four seasons. In 1938 he played two games for his adopted state against South Australia, two years later he won the Maroons' 1940 fairest and best award

In 1962, Hardiman was killed in a car accident.[2]


  1. ^ "Les Hardiman - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  2. ^ The Age, "May Pay Tribute to Les Hardiman", 4 July 1962, p. 5

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