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June 20th, 2019 by admin

Former player praises result

Former Footscray Football Club player Merv Hobbs with his 1961 grand final medal.When the final siren sounded at the MCG on Saturday, former Footscray player Merv Hobbs could not help but shed a tear.
Nanjing Night Net

Ararat’sHobbs played in the 1961 grand final whichFootscray lost by 43 points to Hawthorn.

He said he did not expect to be as emotional after the final siren.

“It did evoke emotions,” he said.

“I did not think it would at all.

“My wife sat beside me and had a giggle when she saw me shed a few tears at the end.

“I was mostly happy for all the supporters, especially the older ones who had not seen the team win a grand final.”

Hobbs saw many similarities between the 1961 team and the 2016 team.

He said the 1954 premiership team was very different to the 1961 and 2016 teams.

“The 1954 side were a team of about 12 champions,” he said.

“In 1961 we were like the current side, quick, fast, young and fit.”

Hobbs said the Dogs would beat the Swans and it proved true.

He said the grand final played out exactly how he thought it would.

“The Bulldogsplayed a hard side but Ifelt Footscray were younger and fitter than Sydney going into the game,” he said.

“Blokes like Hamling and Tom Boyd played their best games by far.

“The clincher was when Clay Smith took a mark shortly before the half time siren.

“Had he missed the goal, they could have dropped their bundle but he kicked it.

“I think that gave the team plenty of confidence for the rest of the game.”

Hobbs also has a connection to one of the Sydney players.

He coached Swans’ captain Jarrad McVeigh’s dad Tony at Williamstown in the Victorian Football Association in 1979.

“Tonywas strong and tough but he kicked the ball like a girl,” he said.

“His courage and determination has obviously rubbed off on Jarrod though.

“I do not think Jarrad went into the game fully fit.”

Hobbs expects there to be more success in the future for the Bulldogs.

He said with such a young team, there will hopefully be more opportunities to win premierships.

“I would expect the next five years will be very fruitful for the club,” he said.

“I can onlysee success for the football club both on and off the field for years to come.”

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