Players who passed away during their playing days?

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bresker

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Sep 21, 2005
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Fred Phillips, one of St Kilda’s best-ever footballers, died in the most tragic circumstances at the age of 27 years.

“…Went to Hawthorn as captain-coach in 1933 but dye from his Hawthorn jumper ran into a cut on his elbow and he died of blood poisoning on 21 April 1933.”
 

beema limapep

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Oct 29, 2017
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I worked in marine science in the 90s, so familiar with ocean norms. Although I was confused at first as to why the water breaking on the reef, on the horizon was moving as reefs don't move..............the penny dropped.

I yelled tsunami , tidal wave, tsunami, tidal wave......when people looked I made it a little clearer "just f*n run". My wife and I ran up a street from the beach only to think the street would become a natural river.

My wife turned to me and said "I have a stitch". I looked at her thinking what poor timing to joke, only to see puppy dog eyes. A simple "keep running and we argue later" then turned behind a building and started climbing up a hill side.

When we came down,the devastation was unreal.
I reckon you were there for a reason. Call it fate, call it whatever. But Im sure you have thought about all that.
 

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shotgun_blues

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Mar 11, 2007
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Played 1 game for St Kilda in 1901 , his murder in 1931 is still unsolved.
Love the avatar mate 👍. I am direct family lineage so having grown up with his heroics the VC was long overdue and a fantastic occasion for my family in Canberra. Movie currently in production too.
 

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Sttew

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Oct 28, 2006
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I worked in marine science in the 90s, so familiar with ocean norms. Although I was confused at first as to why the water breaking on the reef, on the horizon was moving as reefs don't move..............the penny dropped.

I yelled tsunami , tidal wave, tsunami, tidal wave......when people looked I made it a little clearer "just f*n run". My wife and I ran up a street from the beach only to think the street would become a natural river.

My wife turned to me and said "I have a stitch". I looked at her thinking what poor timing to joke, only to see puppy dog eyes. A simple "keep running and we argue later" then turned behind a building and started climbing up a hill side.

When we came down,the devastation was unreal.
Have you been back to Krabi since?
 

South of the Yarra

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 23, 2006
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Collingwood
Well apart from the drink driving and drugs in his system, the fight in Tassie where he Hawkins & Frawley got off scot free, the other assaults (eg the barman at the Boundary Hotel in 88) being employed as a standover man to recover gambling debts, the bus "incident" etc. etc.

If he hadn't of been a footballer her would have done serious time
You knew Pants?
 

Geelong_Sicko

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Jun 11, 2007
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If we extend this to the the womens' football leagues Maggie Varcoe died in 2018 following an onfield head collision


...The 27-year-old, who is the sister of Collingwood midfielder Travis Varcoe, died on Thursday after an accidental clash with one of her teammates on Sunday.

She was playing in a grand final for Angle Vale Football Club in the SA Women's Football League when the clash occurred.

After leaving the field, Varcoe was rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital...
 

Spongebob

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There was a young guy playing for West Perth 3rds or 4ths somewhere in the mid 70s. Died during a game from some sort of previously undetected heart defect.

His father died a few years later of a heart issue. He had played in the SANFL, i think in reserves.

I worked with the mother, but the name now escapes me.
 

masai

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There was a young guy playing for West Perth 3rds or 4ths somewhere in the mid 70s. Died during a game from some sort of previously undetected heart defect.

His father died a few years later of a heart issue. He had played in the SANFL, i think in reserves.

I worked with the mother, but the name now escapes me.
I remember this, playing at colts level.

The name was something like Vanapopoulos. Anyway, I know the name started with a V.
 

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