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Gary Hardeman

DOB: 26 February 1950

Debut: Round 3, 1967 against St. Kilda at Moorabbin
Last Game: Round 22, 1981 against Hawthorn at Princes Park

Games: 219
Goals: 113
Career Statistics (external link)

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
73114533.33

From: Bentleigh/Moorabbin Technical School

Number: 33 1967-1977, 11 1981

Honours
Team of the Century member - Centre-half back
150 Heroes selection
Life Member - 1976
Victorian state player - 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976 (11 games)
All Australian - 1972

Statistical categories led
Most games in jumper 33
Most career free kicks against : 530

Recruited from high school where he had been an All-Australian schoolboy player Hardeman played in the 1964 fourths premiership before making his senior debut three years later. St Kilda courted him as a player from an 'unzoned' area, but he chose to stick with Melbourne.

He played nine games in his first season, and 17 in 1968, by 1970 he had moved into the backline, played every game for the year and become one of the Demons best defenders. That year he finished third in the Best and Fairest.

In 1972 he toured to Europe as part of an Australian "All Star" team who played a matches against Carlton across Europe.

One of the best centre-half backs in the competition, Hardeman was used in a variety of positions around the ground to compensate for the sides other deficiencies. At various times he played as a full-forward, centre-half forward and ruck rover.

He finished second in the 1974 Brownlow Medal count, and third in the Best and Fairest that year.

In 1976 he attempted to cross to Sturt in the SANFL, but with two years left on his contract the Demons refused to clear him. Crack South Australian forward Michael Graham was on the table as a potential swap, but Hardeman decided to stay with the Demons.

He eventually made it to Sturt in '78 after his contract expired and he spent three years in the SANFL. His first year was wrecked with injuries and he only played four games. Eventually he racked up a total of 44 games for Sturt and played for South Australia in 1980.

When Ron Barassi was signed as coach in 1981 Hardeman returned from Adelaide and played one last year with the Demons. His form wasn't good enough to earn regular selection and hampered by injury he spent much of the season bouncing between the seniors and reserves. Hardeman retired at the end of that year having played the third most career VFL games in history without appearing in a final.

In 1982 he was a fly-in player for Sydney side Newtown.

In 1998 he returned to the club as an interchange steward and was later selected as the centre-half back in the Melbourne team of the century.

Elected as a board member in 1999, he was re-elected for 2002 as part of Gabriel Szondy's "Team Vision" ticket with 6,834 votes. He remained a director through 2005.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1967 810
1968 17210
1969 19153
1970 2215
1971 2002
1972 211018
1973 2166
1974 201123
1975 213111
1976 2079
1977 211027
1981 900

Lists
100 Plus Consecutive Games
Directors
SANFL
Youngest Players

Notes
Football Record (external link) says he was from Bentleigh High

In an interview with Inside Football he says that he played in the 1965 Fourths.

Media
"Demons keep Gary... but!" (external link) - The Age 18/02/1976
"Hardeman in the clear" (external link) - The Age 07/02/1978
"A dream turns sour" (external link) - The Age 26/08/1981
"Where are they now" - Inside Football 20/05/1992

Links
Full Points Footy profile (external link) (dead link)
Wikipedia profile (external link)


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