John Cheel

John Cheel

Strong centre half back who came to Western Districts from Footscray reserves in 1966. Was encouraged to come north by Western Districts Alan Hunter who spent 3 years at the Bulldogs. Club captain (1970-71), dual B&F winner (1966-70), member of the Bulldogs 1966-67 losing grand final teams and runner-up in the 1966 Grogan Medal. Consistently finished top three in all media trophies, winning the Courier Mail Award in 1965.

Tasted success after shifting to the then Southport Magpies in the Gold Coast competition with three premierships between 1975-78. Played for Queensland five times, highlighted by a memorable game in which he blanketed the great Alex Jesaulenko in a win over the ACT.

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