Hedley Tomkins

Image DOB: 11 June 1885
Died: 6 February 1965

Debut: Round 1, 1906 against Carlton at Princes Park
Last Game: Round 18, 1913 against Essendon at MCG

From: Leopold/Northcote/Fitzroy/Preston

Number: 11 1912, 17 1913

Victorian state player - 1913

Games: 71 (75 total)
Goals: 25
Career Statistics

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A small but flashy rover, Tomkins had been rejected by Fitzroy after four senior games for being too small. Crossing to Melbourne he played one season before leaving for Preston in the VFA.

He returned to the VFL in 1910 and by 1912 was being hailed as one of the best rovers in the competition. He only missed Victorian state selection that year because he was unable to make the game due to business commitments. He instead played in a game representing the league against a side from Ballarat.

He stayed with the Redlegs until the end of 1913, a year he won a newspaper award for Player of the Year. Transferred west by his employer Tomkins joined East Perth for 1914 and played five times for Western Australia that season. In 1915 he coached the Royals for part of the year.

Enlisted in the Army in August 1915 and served in France during World War I. Tomkins was injured and received five wounds on the ankle, five in the abdomen, two on his right arm and a piece of shrapnel in the left. He had eight operations and lost his leg as a result of the injuries. He was unable to return to Australia for six months afterwards.

1906 53
1910 142
1911 177
1912 186
1913 177

Players who served during war

The Argus - 28/04/1910
Football Record - R15 1912
"Hedley Tomkins wounded" - Sunday Times 19/11/1916
Weekly Times - 25/11/1916

VFA Project profile
War record
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Thursday 26 October 2017 13:28:43 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 23)


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