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FredLeDeux

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Clarke actually did play as a genuine ruck rover, and centreman, and hff, one of our best ever players. He was a great kick for goal, and very fit. Did a lot of off-season speed and distance running, for his on ball roles.
I know, because I used to run with him over summer off-seasons at Landy Field and along the Barwon river tracks.
One of my favourite Clarke memories was a game v South Melbourne, iirc, at Lakeside Oval, and Clarke was matched up on John Pitura. It was a fantastic duel, 2 brilliant and skilled players, each BOG for their teams.
Back then, "a genuine ruck rover" was a player who who actually regularly competed in boundary ruck contests a la Barassi, Whitten, Newland, Pascoe, etc.
He didn't play that role.
He certainly played as a taller non-rucking on-baller, a role which gradually became described as "ruck roving", replacing the original meaning of the term (witness Hocking, for example)
 

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Back then, "a genuine ruck rover" was a player who who actually regularly competed in boundary ruck contests a la Barassi, Whitten, Newland, Pascoe, etc.
He didn't play that role.
He certainly played as a taller non-rucking on-baller, a role which gradually became described as "ruck roving", replacing the original meaning of the term (witness Hocking, for example)
Ok, for 30 all, can I say that Clarke led that brigade of players who became what we now know as traditional on-baller ruck rovers?
 

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I don't remember Clarke as anything but a HFFer sure he may have played a game here and there away from that position but in my eyes the HHF was it.
Fair enough- it was a while ago.
He has been credited with 32-39 possessions in at least 10 games
He averaged over 21 disposals a game.
His last 2 seasons were well below that and probably dilute his very good averages (1981-1982)
He missed the whole 75 season when he was right at his peak, yet came back to better than his previous best.
He was excellent as a hff, but was our best on-baller during a very lean period at Geelong.
 

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