AFL Top 100: Aliases 30 to 21



In this edition of the Top 100 Nicknames, we take a look at some of the game’s veterans – and some who are familiar with their nicknames.

30. “Baby”. While Des Megher was coaching Hawthorne Under-19, he scolded a player and told him to change to “baby there”.

Sitting on the bench there was the dazzling Dermot Brereton, one of Hawthorne’s best players, showing great courage in winning one of the five Grand Finals played by Mark Yates in the 1969 Grand Final.

Also famous for cracking through three quarter time huddle opponents!

29. “Turkey Tom”. When Lou Richards learns that Tom Carroll has been tempted to play a full forward for Carlton from his family’s Ganman Turkey Farm, he is called “Turkey Tom”! Carroll played well in two reserve games in 1959 and before returning to the Gunmen to win two of the best and the best.

In 1961 he decided to crack in the VFL, kicking five goals in his first game at Verdon Howell in St. Kilda and winning the league goalkeeping. He also won Carlton’s goalkeeping for the next two years, but then returned to Bush at the age of 24.

28. “Moses”. Late inclusion in the list. “Rats” is an acronym for Carlton Champion Brett Rattan.

27. “Firecrackers”. Peter Patrick Pius Paul Cannon was one of the real characters in the game. A showman on the field during his tenure in Melbourne, North Melbourne, Ascendant and then in Melbourne, he was also a comedian off the field and always a destination for a career in the media. The “crackers” are still the top 100 players and goal scorers in the Demons.

26. “Great Russian”. Alex Ishchenko was another of the three club players who spent time in the 1980s and 1990s on the West Coast, Brisbane and North Melbourne. His father was born in Ukraine, but Ischenko was born in Australia and began his senior football career in East Perth.

25. “Golden Greek”. Another nickname to celebrate the diversity of AFL football. Con Gorojidis was dubbed the “Golden Greek” during his short career at St. Kilda and Futscre.

24. “Friend”. The most exciting forward still playing, Lance “Buddy” Franklin began his career in Hawthorn in 2005 and moved to Sydney in 2014. He is currently only five goals away from becoming the sixth player to kick 1000 goals in VFL / AFL football.

Lance Franklin (Photo by Ryan Pierce / Getty Images)

23. “Twinkletose”. One of the reasons Australian champion ballroom dancing champion was that the 1950 and 1960 champion winger from North Melbourne, Laurie Dwyer, was called “Twinkletose”.

Another reason was his talent as a fan. Double best and best winner among the Kangaroos, he also reached the top 3 three times in the Brownlow medal.

22. “Fabulous Phil”. A fiery footballer with a tremendous amount of potential, Phil Carmen created headlines almost every year of his career. His first league club, Collingwood, had to appeal to the ANFC to revoke his permission to play with SA club Norwood.

After 58 games with the Redlegs, the Magpies finally received their signature. His impressive form in the first two quarters of the 1975 season made him one of the league’s most newsworthy assets. If the injury doesn’t intervene and his season ends prematurely, he has little chance of winning Brownlow.

After four years at Collingwood, one in Melbourne, two in Ascendant and one in North Melbourne, Carmen left VFL football and everyone was thinking about what could happen.

21. “Delicate country” was nothing but “fragile”! Des Dixon was a ruthless and intimidating Rukman / defender for five years in the 1960s. One of the toughest players of his era.

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