Tom Bollard

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Tom Bollard
Personal information
Full name Thomas Vincent Bollard
Date of birth(1890-10-16)16 October 1890
Place of birth North Melbourne, Victoria
Date of death 18 March 1920(1920-03-18) (aged 29)
Place of death Melbourne, Victoria
Original team(s) North Melbourne Juniors
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1914–1917 South Melbourne 24 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1917.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Thomas Vincent Bollard (16 October 1890 – 18 March 1920) was an Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

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Career

Bollard, a North Melbourne Junior, started at South Melbourne in the 1914 VFL season. [1] He debuted in round 13 as a replacement for Dick Mullaly as South Melbourne's centreman and performed well enough that he kept that position when Mullaly returned. [2] [3] It was as a centreman that he lined up for South Melbourne in the 1914 VFL Grand Final against Carlton, before he got injured and was forced to play the rest of the game as a forward. [4] In the final moments, with South Melbourne behind by six points, Jim Caldwell kicked the ball towards Bollard who looked set to take a mark in front of the goal posts, before Carlton's Ernie Jamieson took a game saving mark by springing onto the South Melbourne player's back. [5] [6] [7] The marking contest was deemed by the umpire to have been fair, a view endorsed by the match report in The Australasian . [6] Carlton held on to win by the one goal margin. [8]

In 1915, Bollard made nine league appearances for South Melbourne, in a season which included a stint on the sidelines when he was found guilty of "slinging" Carlton player Ted Brown during South Melbourne's round 11 loss at Princes Park. [2] [9] He returned in round 18, the final round of the season. [2]

After missing the entire 1916 VFL season, Bollard returned to the side midway through the 1917 season, by now playing as a defender. [2] [10] His final appearance for South Melbourne was that year's semi final loss to Collingwood. [2]

Death

Bollard died on 18 March 1920, aged 29, in an industrial accident at a skin store on Queen Street in West Melbourne. [11] [12] He had been crushed by a 342 lb bale, which was dropped from a second floor chute. [12]

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Tom Bollard – Games Played". AFL Tables. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  3. "Football Notes". Punch . Melbourne. 24 September 1914. p. 50. Retrieved 28 March 2015 via National Library of Australia.
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  8. Lovett, Michael (2004). AFL 2004 – The Official Statistical History Of The AFL. AFL Publishing. ISBN   0-9580300-5-7.
  9. "Football". The Argus . Melbourne. 8 July 1915. p. 5. Retrieved 28 March 2015 via National Library of Australia.
  10. "Sloppy conditions". The Australasian . Melbourne. 25 August 1917. p. 21. Retrieved 28 March 2015 via National Library of Australia.
  11. "Brevities". Record (Emerald Hill). Victoria. 27 March 1920. p. 2. Retrieved 28 March 2015 via National Library of Australia.
  12. 1 2 "Bale kills-driver". Daily Herald . Adelaide. 26 March 1920. p. 2. Retrieved 28 March 2015 via National Library of Australia.