Peter Neville

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Peter Neville
Personal information
Original team(s) Sandringham
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Position(s) Full-forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1975 Sandringham 001 00(2)
1976–79, 82–83, 85 Mordialloc 126 (723)
Total 127 (725)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1985.

Peter Neville is a former Australian rules footballer who was a prolific goalkicker with Mordialloc in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in the 1970s and 1980s.

Neville played his junior football for the Sandringham Thirds in the Victorian Football Association thirds competition; quickly establishing himself as a quality full forward, Neville kicked 122 goals for the thirds in the 1973 season. He played one senior game for Sandringham in 1975, kicking 2.4 against Geelong West, but could not gain regular selection; at the time, the Sandringham senior team was already well served by full-forward Ian Cooper.[1]

At the end of 1975, Neville was cleared to the neighbouring Mordialloc Football Club, then playing in Division 2, and Neville immediately became its permanent full forward.[1] In 1976, his first full season of senior football, Neville was the leading goalkicker in Division 2, kicking 134 goals.[2] In 1977, he was part of Mordialloc's Division 2 premiership team, and kicked eight goals in the Grand Final.[3] In 1979, he won the Division 2 goalkicking title for the second time with 132 goals,[4] and 95 goals saw him placed third in 1980.[5]

Neville left Mordialloc in 1981, playing for Templestowe in the Diamond Valley Football League and Maffra in the Latrobe Valley Football League, before returning to Mordialloc in mid-1982.[6] He was Division 2's leading goalkicker for the third time in 1983, kicking 135 goals.[7] He left the club again in 1984, then returned in 1985, but retired after only two games after suffering an arm injury.[8]

Across his VFA career, Neville kicked 725 goals from only 127 games. He kicked an average of 5.70 goals per game, which is a record among VFA players with 600 or more career goals. His 723 goals for Mordialloc was a club record.[9]

Neville also played turf cricket for Hampton for more than forty years, where he was a four-time club champion and is a life member.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marc Fiddian (19 June 1976). "Pete was worth Mordi's wait". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 33.
  2. ^ Marc Fiddian (9 August 1976). "Bears capture Coburg's spot". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 27.
  3. ^ Marc Fiddian (12 September 1977). "Mordialloc's first flag". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 33.
  4. ^ Marc Fiddian (3 September 1979). "Vic reigns with Port". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 29.
  5. ^ Marc Fiddian (1 September 1980). "Roosters turn the tables". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 27.
  6. ^ Marc Fiddian (10 July 1982). "Stewards under scrutiny". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 31.
  7. ^ Marc Fiddian (15 August 1983). "Lions miss out on finals berth". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 24.
  8. ^ Fiddian, Marc (2004), The VFA: a history of the Victorian Football Association, 1877–1995, p. 176
  9. ^ David Eastman (2013). "VFA-VFL records". Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  10. ^ Hampton Cricket Club. "Annual Report and Statistical Review, Season 2012-13" (PDF). Retrieved 12 June 2014.