Don Hooper

Image DOB: 14 April 1914
Died: 16 December 1990

Debut: Round 1, 1932 against South Melbourne at Lake Oval
Last Game: Round 14, 1943 against Fitzroy at Brunswick Street

From: Dandenong High School/St Kilda

Number: 18 (1932-1935), 1 (1943)

Victorian state player - 1934
Seconds premiership player - 1935

Games: 56 (62 total)
Goals: 30 (31 total)
Career Statistics

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Ruckman who played four seasons at Melbourne before being cut from the senior list before the 1936 season. His future looked bright in 1934 when he went to South Australia with the state team, but only played eight games the next year before being dropped. Hooper initially announced he'd continue play for the Seconds, but was cleared to St Kilda. Melbourne had an agreement that North Melbourne had first option on their unwanted players, but they weren't interested so Hooper was able to go to the Junction Oval, where he played two seasons.

Hooper was out of the VFL from the end of 1937 until 1943. He played for Ararat in 1938, before coaching Jeparit in 1939. He returned for two more games with the Demons in 1943, retired in the 1944 pre-season before being married and served in the Army Pay Corp during World War II.

In the 1935 pre-season his brother G. Hooper trialed with Melbourne.

1932 13116
1933 15131
1934 1734
1935 801
1943 330

Players who served during war
St Kilda

Football Record 1932 shows his origin as Kerang and Argus as Mordialloc. Also played in an Oakleigh church competition for half a season (club unknown).

Also served in Palestine during the War.

Sun - 29/03/1935
Argus - 29/04/1936
Herald - 13/05/1936
Weekly Times - 17/06/1939
Argus - 01/07/1943
Sporting Globe - 04/08/1943
Herald - 19/08/1943
Argus - 21/04/1944
Australasian - 24/06/1944

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