Jim Gull

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Jim Gull
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Personal information
Full name James Gull
Date of birth 20 September 1928
Place of birth Rainbow, Victoria
Date of death 7 November 2007(2007-11-07) (aged 79)
Original team(s) Kenmare
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1949–1950 South Melbourne 21 (20)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1950.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

James Gull (20 September 1928 – 7 November 2007) [1] was an Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL). [2]

Gull was a prolific centre half-forward in Victorian country football, especially in the Ballarat Football League, where he played for Daylesford.

He started his career at Kenmare in 1946, he won the South Mallee Football League Best and fairest that year as a sixteen-year-old. He made his way to South Melbourne. [3] During his time at South Melbourne he struggled with injury, breaking three ribs. [4]

In 1951 he left South Melbourne and moved to Rupanyup where he operated a Milk bar. He also was the playing coach of the town's football team. As a playing coach, Gull won the Toohey Medal in 1953, while with Rupanyup in the Wimmera Football League and later was the league leading goalkicker in 1957.

In 1958 he joined Daylesford and would go on to kick 889 goals in the Ballarat Football League. He topped the league's goal-kicking eight times, every year from 1958 to 1964 and again in 1968. [5] His best season came in 1961 when he captain-coached Daylesford to a premiership and kicked a league record 159 goals. During the year he set another record when he kicked 21 goals and 13 behinds in a game against North Ballarat.

After leaving Daylesford, he continued playing football, at Elaine and Natte-Bealiba. He is estimated to have played 560 senior games over the course of his career.

In 1971 he played one game with North Ballarat with his son, Stewart Gull, who also played for South Melbourne.

His daughter, Robyn Maher, represented Australia at basketball.

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References

  1. "Jim Gull - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  2. "AFL Tables: Jim Gull". afltables.com.
  3. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN   978-1-920910-78-5.
  4. The Hepburn Advocate,"Footy loses great" Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine , 13 November 2007
  5. "Daylesford". Full Points Footy. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008.