Beres Reilly

Image DOB: 17 September 1914
Died: 23 July 1943

MFC Debut: Round 12, 1937 against Richmond at Punt Road
Last MFC Game: Round 14, 1937 against Carlton at Princes Park

From: Sixth Scouts/North Melbourne

Number: 11 1937

Games: 3 (13 total)
Goals: 1 (3 total)
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Beresford "Fat" Reilly, a former Victorian schoolboy football representative, joined Footscray from the local juniors competition but couldn't break into the Bulldogs senior side. Instead, he moved to North Melbourne, where he made his VFL debut.

After eight games with the Shinboners, Reilly was recruited to Melbourne by committeeman Les Lambrick. He started his time with the club in the Seconds in 1936, remaining with them before being promoted to the seniors in mid 1937. He went directly from the lower grade to his first senior match with Melbourne without ever training with the main side. Reilly was amongst the best in his first game but only played twice more.

Reilly was dropped from Melbourne's senior list early in 1938. He was intended to play with the Seconds but was instead cleared to St Kilda, where he played two more games that year.

After his VFL career ended Reilly served in the family butchery before enlisting in the RAAF in March, 1941. He served in Canada during World War 2 before becoming a Pilot Officer but was killed in an air crash over Crete while executing a low level bombing raid.

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Players who served during war
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Nickname also shown as 'Snowy'

Herald - 16/07/1937
Herald - 06/05/1938

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