Bruce Doull vs Francis Bourke

Discussion in 'Polls Board' started by Procrastinator35, May 19, 2017.

Put it out there
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Who was the best half back flanker of them all?

  1. Bruce Doull

    12 vote(s)
    92.3%
  2. Francis Bourke

    1 vote(s)
    7.7%
  1. Procrastinator35

    Procrastinator35 Brownlow Medallist

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    2 of the leagues premier back flankers here:

    Bruce Doull: 1969-1986; 356 games.

    'The Flying Doormat' as Louie the Lip dubbed him. Doull was the consummate team man & professional, known for his shyness & silence, in letting his actions on the field do all the talking for him. Very similar in vein to Michael Tuck of Hawthorn, that way.....Doull is still to this day, a Blues idol & favorite player of many, due to his humble style & no nonsense demeanor.....Doull was known for his canny ability to read the play & was seldom beaten by his opponents, rarely, if ever, losing his feet....A superb man-marker & spoiler of the ball in one 0n one contests. Doull was 4 time Best & Fairest winner in probably the strongest Carlton era in history, along with 4 Premiership cups to his name....It was Hard not to like Bruce, even if you hated Carlton.

    Francis Bourke: 1967-1981; 300 games.

    St. Francis, as he was dubbed, played the game with rare courage & class, even staying on the ground to discover post game that he had sustained a broken leg in one game....Bourke is, along with Kevin Bartlett, only 1 of 2 Tigers to have played in 5 Premiership teams....A feat only 20 players in history can claim. Tough, versatile & a superbly balanced player, Francis epitomized the style & spirit in which the game should be played. Winning the Tigers Best & Fairest in 1970, Bourke would also go on to both Captain & Coach his beloved Tigers....Bourke played in the Greatest Tiger Premiership winning era in the clubs history, under Tommy Hafey....An era in which he himself comprised a crucial component.

    Bloody hard one to pick this.
     

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  2. The Blue Baggers

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    st. francis was one of the best (would not mention his coaching career though)

    doull is close to the greatest defender in the history of the AFL !!
     
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  3. footyfan78

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    Wrong!!!

    He IS the greatest backline player in the history of this great game.



     
  4. Trav 20

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    Doull had the uncanny class of a forward, which is rare for a backman.

    Doull is GOAT in defence.