Barry Spring

Barry_SpringA 168-game and 585-goal powerful Mayne forward who was a dual premiership team member in 1966-67 and last-gasp winner of the ‘66 Hughson Medal when he kicked nine goals in the final game of the home and away season. A dual Tigers B&F winner and life member, he was a big-time performer and also kicked nine goals in a preliminary final against Wests. Played nine times for Queensland in 1963-64-65-66-67 and was one of great players of his era through the mid-1960s.

Old-timers recall his brilliance at interstate level, and particularly a match where he overshadowed Alex Jesaulenko, his ACT counterpart at centre half forward. A prodigious drop kick, he was lured to rugby league in 1968, and completed a unique premiership hat-trick with Norths in his first season in the rival code. Such was his effectiveness with the two-point field goal that he saw the value of this ‘score’ cut to one point. Returned to Australian football to finish his playing days with Banyo, kicking 20 goals against University on one occasion.

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