DOB: 15 September 1935
Died: 22 June 2018
Debut: Round 5, 1953 against Essendon at Windy Hill
Last Game: Round 8, 1962 against Fitzroy at Brunswick Street
From: Melbourne Grammar
Number: 7 1953-1962
Premiership player - 1955, 1957, 1959, 1960
Grand Final team - 1954
Seconds premiership player - 1956
Reserves Best and Fairest - 1962
Victorian State representative
150 Heroes selection
MFC Hall of Fame - 2013
Life Member - 1962
A quick and powerful half-back flank/utility, Case was recruited as a 16-year-old and won the Most Consistent Player award for the Thirds in 1952. He had first gone to St Kilda to try out for their Thirds but was residentially tied to Melbourne.
The next year Melbourne were in a rebuilding phase, and though they won just three games for the year 17 rookies were blooded - including Case. The next year the side went from 11th to a Grand Final, Case won the Most Improved Player award and was named alongside Ron Barassi as one of the recruits of the year.
National Service training played havoc with his training regime in 1955, but after playing his last home and away match in round 13, Case was recalled to the side for the Semi Final triumph against Magpies, and backed up against the Pies again two weeks later to play on a wing in his first premiership side. It was Case who was being replaced when Frank Adams had his infamous collision with rival Des Healey.
Case's 1956 season was a near write off. He played the first three matches of the season before suffering a knee injury. He returned for one match in round 15 but despite playing in four wins from four he missed the finals and what would have been his second premiership. He had to settle for a Seconds flag instead.
Returning to fitness in 1957 he played 18 games and lined up on the half-forward flank in the Demons third consecutive premiership victory, kicking a goal in the Grand Final. 1958 was a heartbreaker as he played every game of the year before a badly timed case of chicken pox during Grand Final Week caused him to miss the Grand Final loss after having played every match of the season.
Returning to the half-back flank Case played in the 1959 and 1960 premiership triumphs, and was selected for the Victorian B side to play in Tasmania.
He played just two games in 1961, severely damaging his shoulder in the second match of the season and never making it past the Reserves on his return. Case added another game in 1962 and won the Reserves Best and Fairest before announcing his retirement at just 26.
Case served as a director of the club from 1980 to 1990 and was Chairman of Selectors in 1984.
In 1999 he was named in the Melbourne Grammar Team of the Century.
Some sources say he suffered a fractured collarbone in Round 2, 1961. Some say he was from Melbourne High.
Age - 04/05/1956
Age - 24/04/1961
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