Barry Clarke

Barry Clarke

Utility player of exquisite skills who represented Queensland at full forward, centre and centre half back and won the Wilston-Grange B&F in five different positions – centre, ruck-rover, full forward, centre half forward and centre half back. Originally from Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, he played U19s and Reserves at Hawthorn after an invitation, too, to trial at Carlton but preferred the surfing lifestyle of Queensland and headed north in 1971 aged 21.

Played 226 games for Wilston-Grange from 1971-85, broken only by a 12-month stint as coach back at Rosebud in ’75. Tasted QAFL premiership success in 1972 and a grand final loss in ’77, won the Grogan Medal in 1972-76 (his 28 votes in ’72 is a League record) and topped the League goal-kicking in 1978. Won his club goal-kicking in each of his last four years and once kicked 12 goals in a game against Coorparoo.

Grange playing coach in 1980-81, he also played 16 times for Queensland and skippered the Maroons at the national carnival in Perth in 1979. Finished his playing career with brief stints at Labrador and Burleigh Heads. Was also a State baseballer, while son Nathan played for the Brisbane Lions. Served as president of Wilston Grange and the Sunshine Coast Junior Australian Football League and coached junior teams. More recently has spent 6 years as an assistant coach and selector for the Queensland Scorpion U18s.

Was honoured in 2003 when he was named on the half forward flank in the Queensland Team of the Century.

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