DOB: 14 November 1963
From: Hawthorn City/Hawthorn/Sandringham/Sydney/Brisbane Bears
Number: 28 1988-1989
Grand Final team - 1988
Games: 33 (59 total)
Goals: 0 (4 total)
Defender who was recruited by the Swans from Sandringham via a stint in the Hawthorn Under 19s and Reserves, Duursma played two seasons in Sydney before they ran into salary cap trouble and sent him to Brisbane for the Bears inaugural season. He had also been approached by Essendon. Offseason knee surgery delayed his start to the year, and after breaking down 1.5 quarters into his comeback with local side Coorparoo he managed just one game up North.
At the end of the season Duursma returned to Victoria to play with the Demons. John Northey's faith in the Bear 'reject' was repaid with Duursma having his most successful stint, featuring in the 1988 Grand Final side. He also received plaudits for his job on the dangerous Stephen Kernahan in that year's Preliminary Final.
Required a knee reconstruction after an injury in the 1990 Fosters Cup Semi Final, returning five months later, a then record for VFL players. He didn't play another senior game, rejoining Sandringham as captain in 1991. He played 24 games in total for the Zebras before winning a Goulburn Valley League flag with Rochester in 1992. Aged 37 he was still playing for Tyabb in the Mornington Peninsula League in season 2000.
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