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Alby Rodda

Image DOB: 8 September 1920
Died: 15 May 2002

Debut: Round 2, 1939 against Essendon at Windy Hill
Last Game: Semi Final 1950 against Geelong at MCG

From: Eaglehawk/YMCA/State Savings Bank

Number: 30 1939-1950

Honours:
Premiership Player - 1939, 1940, 1948
Grand Final player - 1946
Best and Fairest - 1948
Victorian state player - 1948
150 Heroes selection
Life Member - 1948

Games: 131
Goals: 142
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
8414664.12

Statistical categories led:
Most goals in jumper 30

One of the smallest players of his era, Rodda compensated with pure toughness. He had travelled to Melbourne to play for State Savings Bank in the amateurs where he came to the notice of Melbourne's recruiters as a 16-year-old who had won the Amateurs B&F award. His club was in South Melbourne's territory, and Rodda had to move out of the area to be eligible to join the Demons.

It took him another season to make his debut but Rodda was one of ten new players to join the Redlegs in 1939. He was so impressive that he retained his position through to the finals and ended his rookie year with a premiership victory.

Brilliant in the wet during the 1940 Grand Final, Rodda helped deliver the Demons second consecutive premiership. He could have played in the 1941 edition as well, but missed nearly the entire season with injury after breaking his leg.

Entering the Air Force, Rodda played when he could over the next two years and managed 8 games in 1942, but just three in 1943 before returning in 1946. That year he played 16 games, including the 1946 loss.

Winning the Best and Fairest in 1948, Rodda played in both grand finals and won his third premiership. He was made vice-captain in 1950 but at the end of that year left to captain-coach Myrtleford. He later captain-coached Bright in the twilight of his career before retiring at the end of 1957.

Rodda's nephew Keith trained with North Melbourne in 1951 but did not play seniors, and his son Bill appeared with Melbourne in the 1960 pre-season but was not signed.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1939 9141
1940 16220
1941 350
1942 890
1943 320
1946 16191
1947 182310
1948 212311
1949 19153
1950 18103
Tribunal Record
MatchChargeSanction
Round 7, 1946 Striking Not Guilty
Round 9, 1946 Attempted Striking 4 matches


Notes
Some sources say he broke his leg in the Lightning Premiership competition, but the injury happened before. May not have played for Eaglehawk.

It was also claimed that South allowed him to play for Melbourne as it was his brother who died in the war's wish that if Rodda played league football it would be with the Demons.

Media
Sporting Globe - 27/04/1940
Football Record R5 1941
The Australasian - 24/06/1944
"Alby Rodda to coach in country" - The Age 11/10/1950
The Argus - 25/10/1950
The Argus - 02/04/1951
The Age - 30/10/1957
The Age - 16/03/1960
"Alby a Demon hero" - Border Mail 05/06/2008

Links
Boyles Football Photos
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Saturday 17 October 2015 21:11:22 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 28)

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