Ron Tucker

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Ron Tucker
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Personal information
Full name Ronald Douglas Tucker
Date of birth (1921-06-30)30 June 1921
Place of birth Subiaco, Western Australia
Date of death 10 April 1986(1986-04-10) (aged 64)
Place of death Perth, Western Australia
Height / weight 185 cm / 79 kg[1]
Position(s) Centre half-forward
Centre half-back
Rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1940–55
1952
Perth
Subiaco:
197 (727)
018 (65)
215 (792)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1947–50 Western Australia 14 (32)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1955.
Career highlights

Ronald Douglas "Ron" Tucker (30 June 1921 – 10 April 1986) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Perth and Subiaco in the Western Australian National Football League (WANFL). Playing in a number of positions, though primarily at centre half-forward, Tucker kicked a total of 792 goals in 215 games of senior football between 1940 and 1955, as well as 32 goals in 14 games for Western Australia in interstate matches. Tucker was named in Perth's Team of the Century in 1998, and was inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

Career[edit]

Born to William Henry Tucker and Annie Florence Lee on 30 June 1921 at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, Western Australia,[2] Tucker made his debut for Perth in 1940, and was their leading goalkicker in 1941 with 44 goals. He served as a driver in the 52 Australian Transport Platoon during World War II,[3] and also played army football.[4] He was also a noted athlete, winning the Northern Territory 120 yds. hurdles championship in 1944, and the New Britain 200 yds. championship in 1945.[5] Tucker returned to Perth for the 1946 season. Tucker played in losing Grand Finals in both 1949, against West Perth, and 1950, against South Fremantle. Tucker kicked 115 goals in 1950 to be the WANFL's leading goalkicker, which is a Perth record.[6] After a run of poor form for Perth, which resulted in him being switched to centre half-back for the latter half of the 1951 season, Tucker transferred to Subiaco for the 1952 season. In 18 games at the club, playing either as a goalsneak or as a follower, he kicked 65 goals to lead the club's goalkicking. He transferred back to Perth for the 1953 season,[7] and returned to form, kicking 87 goals. He again led the club's goalkicking in 1954 and 1955, with 44 and 52 goals in each respective season, but was dropped to the reserves several times.[8] Tucker was unavailable for Perth's premiership win over East Fremantle in 1955 after injuring his knee in the preliminary final, and retired at the end of the season.[9]

Tucker died at Royal Perth Hospital on 10 April 1986, and was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery. In 1999, he was named at centre half-forward in Perth's Team of Century,[10] and was posthumously inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2009.[11]

Reputation[edit]

Tucker was considered the equal of leading full-forwards such as Bernie Naylor and John Coleman,[12][13] and was considered superior to Naylor at ground level.[14] Tucker played at either centre half-forward or full-forward in every interstate and carnival match for the WANFL between 1947 and 1950, kicking 32 goals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Perth is third oldest club" – Western Mail. Published 19 August 1954. Retrieved from Trove, 3 October 2011.
  2. ^ Descendants of Nicholas Lee & Mary Strapp. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  3. ^ Tucker, Ronald Douglas – ww2roll.gov.au. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Know Your PlayersSunday Times. Published 21 June 1953. Retrieved from Trove, 3 October 2011.
  5. ^ A TOUCH OF HOME. W.A. TROOPS IN NORTH" – The West Australian. Published 11 September 1943. By Noel Adams. Retrieved from Trove, 3 October 2011.
  6. ^ Ron Tucker (Perth & Subiaco) – FullPointsFooty. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Clearance Sought By TuckerThe West Australian. Published Friday, 6 February 1953. Retrieved from Trove, 3 October 2011.
  8. ^ Perth may recall veteran forward" – The West Australian. Published Wednesday, 2 June 1954. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  9. ^ WA Football Hall of Fame inductees – 2009 Bouncedown. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  10. ^ Perth Official 'Team of the Century' – FullPointsFooty. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  11. ^ WEST AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Summary of Members 1885 - 2009 – wafootball.com.au. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  12. ^ "ONLY COLEMAN TOPS RON TUCKER, SAYS NTH. MELBOURNE" - The Sunday Times. Published 12 July 1953. Written by Tom Prior. Retrieved from Trove, 3 October 2011.
  13. ^ Among the Players. Rival Goalsneaks.The West Australian. Published 5 June 1946. Retrieved from Trove, 3 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Tucker v Naylor" – Western Mail. Published Thursday, 13 June 1946. Retrieved from Trove, 3 October 2011.