Tom Alvin

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Tom Alvin
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-04-21) 21 April 1962 (age 55)
Original team(s) Bairnsdale
Debut Round 1, 1984, Carlton
vs. North Melbourne, at Waverley Park
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1984–1994 Carlton 218 (95)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1994.
Career highlights
  • Carlton premiership team 1987
  • Carlton Hall of Fame: inducted 1999
  • Six time Victorian State of Origin representative
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Tom Alvin (born 21 April 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Carlton and Victoria.

AFL career[edit]

Easily identifiable on the field due to his flowing black hair and determined aggression, Alvin was recruited by Carlton from the Bairnsdale Football Club in the Latrobe Valley Football League.[1]

He was among a host of Carlton players making their senior Victorian Football League (VFL) debut in round 1 of the 1984 VFL season against North Melbourne at Waverley Park. Other players making their debut alongside Alvin included Wayne Blackwell, Warren Ralph, David Honybun and Fraser Murphy.[1] In his second season, he was named in the Victorian squad for the state of origin game against South Australia,[2] before making his debut for Victoria against Western Australia.[3]

Alvin started his career at the Blues as a defensive half-back flanker, however when Robert Walls replaced David Parkin as coach at the start of the 1986 season, Alvin was promoted into a midfield role. Alvin had one of his best seasons in the AFL, with the Blues making it to the Grand Final (losing to Hawthorn by 42 points) and being selected to play State of Origin for Victoria.

In 1987 Carlton had an outstanding season, losing only four matches by a combined total of 56 points. Carlton finished the season one game clear of second placed Hawthorn, thereby earning a week's rest before the second semi-final. After a tight struggle, the Blues beat the Hawks in the second semi-final to move straight into the Grand Final.

After a tight, bruising first quarter, Carlton ran away with the game, eventually winning by 33 points. Alvin was one of the best Blues afield, completely outclassing Hawthorn champion Gary Buckenara.

Alvin played with the Blues until the end of the 1994 season, when he retired after 218 games. He stayed in the game for a couple of years, captain-coaching Sandringham in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1995 and 1996.[4]

In 1999 Alvin was inducted into the Carlton Football Club Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements with the club.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "150 - Alvin". Football Record: 13. 3 August 1991. 
  2. ^ "Tom's hard work pays off". Football Record: 5. 22 June 1985. 
  3. ^ "Match Statistics". Westside Football. 18 July 1985. p. 11. 
  4. ^ "Sandringham Honourboard". 
  5. ^ "Carlton Hall of Fame". 

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