DOB: 22 April 1916
Died: 24 April 1945
MFC Debut: Round 15, 1942 against Hawthorn at Glenferrie Oval
Last Game: Round 16, 1942 against South Melbourne at Punt Road
Number: Unknown (1942)
Games: 2 (73 total)
Goals: 3 (140 total)
The son of a Swedish immigrant, "Snowy" Helmer debuted with Geelong in 1937 after the Pivotonians were tipped off to his talents by cousin Fred Hawking. A forward renowned for his ability to kick a torpedo on either foot, Helmer debuted in kicked 74 goals from centre-half forward in his second season. In 1941 he played for Victoria against South Australia.
Enlisting in the army, Helmer was unable to play for Geelong who had entered recess and so when on leave from a bomb disposal course he lined up for two matches with the Demons. In 1944 he played with South Sydney, and was later killed in New Guinea when trying to defuse a bomb.
From 1947 a Clyde Helmer Trophy was awarded for most consistent player at Geelong. The Mooroopna best and fairest is named after him.
Players who served during war
Also shown as from Rochester and Rushworth. All other sources contemporary and later show him from Mooroopna. This article refers to him as 'Bill'.
Argus - 04/08/1942
Sporting Globe - 12/08/1942
Daily Telegraph - 23/04/1944
Shepparton Advertiser - 01/05/1945
Age - 28/05/1947
Shepparton News - 12/10/2011
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