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17. Graham Moss

PROFILE

Graham Moss was one of Essendon's great ruckmen and one of its most decorated players. Moss was playing with Claremont in WA when he attracted interest from VFL clubs after he played in the 1969 Western Australian Carnival side. Essendon pursued him for a number of years before luring him to Windy Hill in 1973 at the age of 22.

His success in his first season was remarkable. Moss won Essendon's best first year player award and was runner up in the Brownlow Medal with 25 votes, only two votes behind the winner.

Moss was a magnificently consistent player. He was an excellent high mark, rarely beaten for knock outs and used his body superbly. Moss aimed rather than punched the ball to his rovers, and brought team mates into the game with his pin-point handball. He was also a fine long kick and kicked his fair share of goals while resting in the forward pocket.

Moss won the club best and fairest award in each of his next three seasons: 1974, 1975 and 1976, and also became the third Essendon winner of the Brownlow Medal in 1976 with 48 votes. His Brownlow medal was just rewards for a magnificent season despite an early knee injury.

Moss was appointed Essendon captain in 1976 and represented Victoria in 1974, 1975 and 1976. In 1975, he was chosen in 'The Sun' all star team and won 'The Sunday Observer' best player award. In 1976, he again made 'The Sun' all star team this time as vice captain and won 'The Truth' Gold Cazaly award as the best League player.

A clause in Moss's contract allowed him to return to Western Australia whenever he liked. Despite the club's best efforts to keep him at Windy Hill, after four seasons and 84 games Moss returned to captain-coach Claremont in WA.

CAREER STATISTICS

Played 1973-76
Games 84
Goals 67
Brownlow Medal 1976
EFC Best & Fairest 1974,1975,1976
Top 5 EFC best & fairest finishes 1973-76
EFC Captain 1976 ( 20 games)
Top 5 Brownlow medal finishes -1973,75,76
Career Brownlow votes- 55