Joe Pearce

Image DOB: 28 January 1885
Died: 15 April 1915

Debut: Round 2, 1904 against Collingwood at MCG
Last Game: Round 18, 1913 against Essendon at MCG

Games: 152
Goals: 5
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From: South Bendigo

Number: 19 1912-1913

Victorian state player - 1908
150 Heroes selection
Life Member - 2005

A dashing full-back, Pearce was one of the safest defenders of an era when the Redlegs couldn't make the finals and were more often than not at the bottom of the ladder. A safe mark and clever under pressure, he played his career as an amateur and wouldn't even accept expenses. He was also renowned as a talented cricket, lacrosse and tennis player.

He established himself as a regular in his second season, but missed the last few games of the season due to a broken collarbone suffered in an exhibition game in Traralgon. He only played 10 games the next year, but it was the lowest tally in his decade long career.

In 1912 Pearce represented the VFL against a Ballarat League team.

Originally called Arthur Mueller Pearce, Joe changed his name to avoid anti-German prejudice. Pearce enlisted in the army for World War I and rose to the rank of Corporal but was killed during the Gallipoli landings. He was one of the first VFL players to lose his life in the conflict.

His cousin was Jack Mueller. Before his VFL career started he had also played cricket in Bendigo, and he played sub-district cricket for Coburg during his football career.

1904 110
1905 130
1906 102
1907 160
1908 183
1909 180
1910 180
1911 160
1912 150
1913 170

Players who died during war

Morwell Advertiserlink-external - 18/08/1905
Refereelink-external - 16/06/1915
Bendigonianlink-external - 17/06/1915
Obituarylink-external - The Argus 25/04/1916
The Horsham Timeslink-external - 14/09/1926

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