I'm pleased this game has been mentioned. I was too young to remember it but my older brothers often referred to Max Parker with irony right through the 1970s and 1980s during times when we lacked an effective tall forward. His brief stint with my hometown - Leongatha - in the LVFL might have piqued their obsession as much as his (literally) fifteen minutes of fame at the Lakeside Oval.
Max's VFL career was over less than a month later. All five of his games were played in consecutive weeks in the second half of 1971 as a seventeen year old. He carved out a notable SANFL career, mostly with Woodville (301 games in total). I seem to recall there was talk of him returning to Footscray later in the 1970s but that obviously never eventuated.
Pity the reports of this game focussed on South Melbourne's 'one that got away' narrative. [As an aside, check out Collingwood's score in the VFL Match Details report].
Thanks VM I appreciate the effort. My memory was a little confused I thought Max Parker kicked a few more goals but we did think we had found the answer to our forward woes but after 5 more games it was all over.
That game was also a reminder of how good David Darcy was for us. When talking about the best father son combinations David and Luke have to be in the conversation.
I see David Thorpe was also listed in the best players. David was an outstanding centreman in his day but his disposal was not the best. That triggered another memory of mine. One game at (then ) Western Oval Thorpe got the ball in the clear started streaming down the wing and promptly put the ball out of bounds on the full. His reaction was to yell" f***,f***,f***" right in front of my mum. Mum was not impressed. Different times and different social standards nowadays.