Gary Maddison

Gary_MaddisonOne of the most naturally gifted QAFL players who didn’t get a chance to showcase his skills at AFL level. A Norwood junior, he played with Wilston-Grange and Mayne. First joined Wilston-Grange after being lured north by captain-coach Mike Poulter in ’79, but played the bulk of his glittering QAFL career with Mayne. Won U19 B&F at Norwood as a 17-year-old before playing 15 SANFL games. Shifted to Queensland at an early age and emerged as one of the QAFL’s truly classy players.

Superbly skilled and capable of playing in just about any position, he dominated the competition in the midfield through the 1980s. Was a key member of the Tigers’ 1982 premiership side and was a regular star through 19 games for Queensland, captaining the Maroons in ’84 to the second leg of their interstate shield trifecta (1983-84-85).

His quality performances against AFL opposition had locals suggesting he should have played at the highest level, but persistent knee injuries brought a sad and premature end to his top-level career in 1984 aged just 26.

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