Wayne Harmes

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Wayne Harmes
Personal information
Full name Wayne Harmes
Date of birth (1960-02-09) 9 February 1960 (age 56)
Original team(s) Oak Park
Height / weight 177 cm / 85 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1977–1988 Carlton 169 (86)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1988.
Career highlights

Wayne Harmes (born 9 February 1960) is a retired Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League.[1]

Football career[edit]

Recruited from Oak Park, as a youngster Harmes was perceived to have a lot of talent, finishing third in the 1976 Morrish Medal and winning The Sun newspaper's "Sunkick" competition.[2] He was a grandson of Len Smith[3] and therefore, the great nephew of Norm Smith. Harmes debuted in 1977 for the Carlton Football Club, going on to play 169 games for 86 goals until his retirement, due to weight problems in his later career, in 1988. Throughout his career he was considered "hard at the ball" and whilst not tall (176 cm (5 ft 9 in)), he was able to outmark taller opponents.[4] A solid and very well-built (90 kg) player, which allowed him to throw around his considerable strength and made him a tough player. He represented Victoria in State of Origin in 1979 and 1986.

1979 VFL Grand Final[edit]

Harmes' crowning achievement as a player was in the 1979 VFL Grand Final where he won the inaugural Norm Smith Medal for best player on the ground during a Grand Final. The match itself became part of football folklore for the last-minute heroics displayed by Harmes – he slid along the ground and knocked the ball back into play to set up the winning goal, scored by Ken Sheldon. A debate emerged whether the ball went out of bounds or not at the point Harmes knocked it back in.

The match was the first of Harmes' three premiership wins, with him being a part of Carlton's 1981 and 1982 flags.

Post-playing career[edit]

After his playing career, Harmes has been widely outspoken for his views on the current state of Australian rules football, particularly the latest 2006 AFL rule changes. He has claimed that the game is starting to resemble basketball and bemoans the lack of contested possessions, which were commonplace in his playing days.

In 2006 Harmes appeared in a television commercial for Toyota's Memorable Moments series, where he was filmed in a recreation of the final moments of the 1979 Grand Final (with Stephen Curry and Dave Lawson). The commercial was filmed at a local park and took several takes to get right, which caused a large degree of pain for Harmes, he later said.

In 2006 Wayne Harmes coached the Macleod Football Club in Melbourne's Suburban Diamond Valley Football League (DVFL), Now known as the Northern Football League (NFL).

In October 2008, Wayne Harmes was appointed as Senior Coach of Lower Plenty Football Club in the Northern Football League (NFL).


  1. ^ Trevor D. Jaques, Andrew McLeod (2005). Australian Football: Steps to Success. ISBN 0-7360-6005-7. 
  2. ^ "Tonight's winner faces Hawks next week". The Football Record: 3. 26 July 1977. 
  3. ^ "Coach's Welcome Home". The Age. 26 July 1961. 
  4. ^ "Century for Wayne Harmes". The Football Record: 11. 18 June 1983. 

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