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VALLI, Bill T. J.

Years Played: 1980
Born: 16/04/1950
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Debut order: 882
Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: West Perth (WA)/Collingwood

Year Games Goals
1980 1 0

Bill Valli was a rover from Collingwood where he played 17 games in 1979. Prior to that he played with West Perth from 1969 and had represented Western Australia.

He played one game with Essendon in late 1980. In that year he won the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the League Reserves and was also Essendon's Reserves Best and Fairest .

Valli returned to Western Australia in 1981 and played with Subiaco in 1981 and 1982.

 

 

VANDER HAAR, Paul

Years Played: 1977-90
Born: 7/03/1958
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 93 kg

Debut order: 846

Number(s): 18

Games: 201
Goals: 278

Previous Clubs: Ringwood

Year Games Goals
1977 18 19
1978 17 33
1979 15 24
1980 15 27
1981 13 19
1982 21 24
1983 15 22
1984 22 23
1985 21 46
1986 5 2
1987 8 6
1988 2 2
1989 12 13
1990 17 18

Paul Vander Haar was a brilliant high-mark, an accurate long kick, and capable of producing the unpredictable. While he was a natural on the field, he was a larrikin off it.

"Vander" was a reluctant recruit who came to Essendon only after concerted efforts from the Club over a couple of years. He arrived at Windy Hill from Ringwood in 1977 and made an immediate impact on League football.

Vander Haar debuted in Round 5 that year, played every remaining game, and marked himself as a player of the future. By the end of his first season he was the League recruit of the year, was voted Essendon's best first year player, and was runner-up in the Club's Best and Fairest award.

His young career was threatened in early 1978 when he injured his neck and back in a trail bike accident, but he made an unexpected return in Round 6, 1978, against Richmond, kicked three goals and played every remaining game for the year. But a back condition plagued him throughout his career.

In Round 11 that year at Windy Hill, Vander Haar lined up at centre half-forward against Hawthorn's high-flyer, Peter Knights. What ensued was one of the most exciting demonstrations of highmarking by two of the game's champions. When the game was over, Vander Haar and Knights had pulled down 16 contested marks between them in a performance still talked about by those who were there and which justified his nickname, "The Flying Dutchman".

The arrival of coach Kevin Sheedy in 1981 coincided with Vander Haar's best football. He was part of the 1981 night premiership team and the following year was runner-up for the second time in the Club's Best and Fairest award.

In 1984 he played in his second night premiership win, as well as at centre half-forward in the drought-breaking 1984 premiership win over Hawthorn. He was centre half-back in the 1985 premiership win the following year and was also the Club's second highest goalkicker that season with 46 goals. His nine goals against St Kilda in the second last game of the year was the most by an Essendon player since 1972.

A broken leg in 1986 restricted Vander Haar to only five games for the year at a time when he was was playing very good football in defence. Injury also restricted him to only eight games the following year and two games in 1988. But he managed to play 12 and 17 games respectively in his final two seasons.

He represented Victoria in 1978, 1982 and 1985.

Vander Haar retired in 1990. His last game was in the losing Grand Final to Collingwood.

He was named at number 45 in the Champions of Essendon (2002). 

 

 

VAUTIN, George S.

Years Played: 1897-98
Born: 23/04/1869
Died: 9/01/1949
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 23

Number(s):

Games: 28
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: City FC Launceston/Lefroy/Hobart

Year Games Goals
1897 14 1
1898 12 0

George Vautin was a splendid rover and forward from Tasmania who was a champion in Essendon's early years and renowned for his dodging wizardry.

Vautin first played for the City Football Club in Hobart as a teenager it was reported that he ‘electrified onlookers’ as he ‘dodged and played tricks’ with his bigger more experienced opponents. So evasive was he that it was written that he was made of Indian rubber and was ‘as slippery as an eel’.

Vautin was a member of the first Tasmanian team to visit Victoria, in 1887, and a member of a Southern Tasmanian team which visited Melbourne in 1889. So impressed were Essendon watchers that he was recruited to the club in 1892. He had arrived at the right time for Essendon has just one the first of four consecutive VFA premierships and Vautin played in the following three: 1892, 1893 and 1894. He also played intercolonial football in 1893.

Vautin later played in Essendon’s inaugural VFL premiership win in 1897.

He was also a fine cricketer who played for Victoria 1894/95 and later for Tasmania in 1889/90.

George Vautin died from the effects of a stroke on Preston on 9th January, 1949. He was 79.

 

VICKERS, William

Years Played: 1927

Born: 28/12/1902
Died: 12/06/1975
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 66 kg

Debut order: 385

Number(s): 14

Games: 3
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Old Scotch Collegians

Bill Vickers was a forward and rover. He played the first three games in early 1927 after coming to Essendo from Old Scotch Collegians where he had played from 1923 to 1926.

His father had earlier played with Fitzroy in its VFA days.

Vickers died on 12th June, 1975

 

VINALL, Jack L.

Years Played: 1944
Born: 26/12/1920
Died: 17/11/1991
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 581

Number(s): 22

Games: 2
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Williamstown Juniors

Year Games Goals
1944 2 1

Jack Vinall came from Williamstown Juniors in the Footscray District League and played two games in early 1944 before breaking his leg and missing the rest of the season.

He then went to Williamstown in 1945 and 1946 and was captain-coach of Williamstown Seconds from 1947 to 1949.

Vinall retired from work in 1984 after being manager of an engineering company in Queensland.

He died on 17th November, 1991.

 


 

VOLLUGI, Hercules A.

Years Played: 1901-06
Born: 15/06/1882
Died: 11/10/1960
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Debut order: 67

Number(s):

Games: 70
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: St Patrick's (Carlton)

Herc Vollugi was a fine wingman who was said to be as tough as they come. In one game in 1905 he is reported to have continued playing despite having 14 stitches in a facial cut and was one of Essendon's best players.

Vollugi was close to being the best League wingman in 1901 and was in that position in the premiership team in that year. He was also a fine baseballer and was known to have played on occasions in the baseball curtain raiser before VFL games, then changing into his Essendon gear to play football.

After retiring, he continued as honorary secretary of the Club for two years and he was on the committee until the end of 1911.

Vollugi died on 11th October,1960, at the age of 79.

 

 

VOSTI, Jack W.

Years Played: 1925-32, 1935
Born: 25/04/1903
Died: 10/09/1977
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 364

Number(s): 5 , 15

Games: 101
Goals: 80

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

Year Games Goals
1925 15 15
1926 15 29
1927 17 35
1928 16 0
1929 8 0
1930 11 0
1931 16 1
1932 1 0
1935 2 0

Jack Vosti joined Essendon as a full-forward and enjoyed some success there until he moved to fullback where he again excelled.

He was leanly-built with great kicking ability, and was an excellent high-mark. On his day, he was one of the best defenders in the game.

Vosti came to Essendon from Brunswick where he played in 1924 and was known as the tall musician who played football as delicately as he played music.

He was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest in 1928 and club vice-captain in 1929.

Vosti kicked five goals in the semi-final win over Geelong in 1926 and four goals in the 1926 Grand Final against Melbourne in a narrow three-point loss. He was goalless only once that year.

In 1927 Vosti lead the club goalkicking with 35 goals, 16 more than the Club's next highest goalkicker. His seven goals against Footscray in mid-season was his best return for the year.

From 1928 on, Vosti moved to fullback and his goalkicking days were over. His career was affected by a knee injury that saw him miss half the 1929 season and part of 1930 when he broke down again. But such was his form that he represented Victorian on three occasions. He played with a penny taped under his knee bandage in an attempt to keep his cartilage in place.

Vosti went to Footscray at the end of 1932 and played 26 games there in 1933 and 1934. He then returned to Essendon in 1935 but only played two more games before having further knee problems.

After retiring from League football, Vosti became captain-coach of Pascoe Vale. He later returned to Essendon in 1946 as chairman of selectors for the Seconds for a period of ten years. He joined the Senior committee from 1956 to 1971 and was the Seniors' chairman of selectors for a period.

Vosti was selected in 1994 as one of Essendon's Top 60 Players.

Like many Essendon players of this period he worked as a fireman with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

Jack Vosti died on 10th September, 1977.