Hugh Murnane

Image DOB: 29 October 1916
Died: 13 March 1974

Debut: Round 1, 1937 against Richmond at MCG
Last Game: Round 13, 1940 against Richmond at Punt Road

From: Hunter School/Rochester

Number: 7 (1937-1940)

Seconds Premiership Player - 1939

Games: 52
Goals: 42
Career Statistics

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Debuted for Rochester as a 16-year-old and was recruited by the Demons on a recommendation to a committeeman from an umpire who had seen him play there. When an official from another club also mentioned Murnane as a potentially good player, incorrectly identifying him as a midfielder, Melbourne went to watch him play and signed him up immediately for the 1937 season. He had previously been scouted by Richmond, but they couldn't land his signature.

A tall player, he could follower as well as hold a key position at either end of the ground. The best games of his first season were the opening two before his form fell away, but he still played 34 games across his first two seasons. He missed the 1939 and 1940 premiership sides, playing seven and 11 games respectively. In 1939 he was dropped from the side after failing to appear for training in the week after Round 16. He returned in Round 18 but missed the finals.

Murnane remained on the list in 1941 but a knee injury stopped him from playing a game.

Joined Sale as captain/coach in 1947, and won a premiership in 1949. Coached Yarram in 1950 and 1951, then intended to return to Sale in 1952. He didn't make it to the start of the season, as his work transfered him to Camperdown.

In 1954 he returned to Sale and was acting mayor. He also played for the Sale cricket club in his first stint in the town.

Murnane's brother Ray was signed to the club in 1948.

1937 17143
1938 17111
1939 760
1940 11110

Herald - 23/04/1937
Argus - 01/05/1937
Sporting Globe - 05/05/1937
Sporting Globe - 27/04/1938
Sporting Globe - 27/04/1940
Age - 28/02/1941
Gippsland Times - 03/04/1947
Age - 21/04/1948
Age - 18/01/1949
Gippsland Times - 03/10/1949
Sporting Globe - 16/08/1950
Gippsland Times - 31/03/1952
Bairnsdale Advertiser - 03/04/1952
Gippsland Times - 19/07/1954

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