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Michael Tuck

Michael Tuck
Personal information
Full name Michael Tuck
Date of birth (1953-06-24) 24 June 1953
Place of birth Berwick, Victoria
Height/Weight 188 cm / 76 kg
Position(s) Ruck-rover
Half back/Full Forward(early)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1972 – 1991 Hawthorn 426 (320)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria 11 (5)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1991 season.
Career highlights

Michael Tuck (born 24 June 1953) is a seven-time premiership-winning player, Australian rules footballer with the Hawthorn Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) / Australian Football League (AFL), where he is the games record holder.

Contents

  • AFL career 1
    • Early career (1971 - 1973) 1.1
    • Rising career (1974 - 1985) 1.2
    • Captaincy (1986 - 1991) 1.3
    • Records 1.4
  • Statistics 2
  • Legacy 3
  • Coaching career 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6

AFL career

Early career (1971 - 1973)

Raised in Berwick, in Melbourne's outer south-eastern suburbs, Tuck joined Hawthorn in 1971 from the country zone club of the same name, and remained at the club for his entire career. Tuck initially played as a full forward and the understudy to the great Peter Hudson, kicking 63 goals in the VFL Reserves in 1971. He made his Senior debut against Richmond in the eighth round the following year and kicked goals with his first three kicks in senior football,[1] but soon after lost form and was dropped from the senior side. Tuck would play in Hawthorn's winning 1972 Reserve grade premiership side.

Rising career (1974 - 1985)

In the following years Tuck was tried as a winger and defender before in 1974 finding his true niche as a ruck-rover and firmly establishing himself in the Hawthorn senior side. With Don Scott and Leigh Matthews Tuck came to form a following combination feared by every other VFL club and a crucial role in Hawthorn's 1976 and 1978 premierships. After a lapse as Hawthorn mined its rich country zone for new talent, Tuck played a critical role in Hawthorn's seven successive grand finals between 1983 and 1989. In the last four years of his career Tuck was moved from the ball to the less demanding role of a running half-back flanker, but he still continued to gain huge numbers of possessions right up to the end of his career.

Captaincy (1986 - 1991)

Tuck was the natural successor to the Hawthorn captaincy in 1986 after Leigh Matthews' retirement. He captained them from that year until his retirement in 1991 at the age of 38. He won a total of seven VFL/AFL premierships with Hawthorn, captaining the club in four of them.

Tuck never won Hawthorn's best-and-fairest, but was runner-up on six occasions,[2] and there was a good deal of controversy in 1982 and 1983 when he failed to poll a single vote in the Brownlow Medal, which led to votes for each match being made publicly available for the first time ever in 1984.[3]

His last game was in Hawthorn's premiership win in the Grand Final over West Coast.

Records

Tuck holds a number of VFL/AFL games records. These are:

  • Most senior VFL/AFL games: 426
  • Most senior games for Hawthorn: 426
  • Most finals games: 39
  • Most grand finals: 11
  • Most premiership wins: 7

He retired as the tenth oldest player ever; he was 38 years and 95 days old when he retired.[4]

Statistics

[5]
Denotes seasons in which Tuck won an AFL Premiership
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after Finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games D K H M T H/O G B D K H M T H/O G B
Totals Averages (per game)
1972 Hawthorn 17 5 56 49 7 7 0 3 3 11.2 9.8 1.4 1.4 0.0 0.6 0.6
1973 Hawthorn 17 11 118 111 7 16 0 2 3 10.7 10.1 0.6 1.5 0.0 0.2 0.3
1974 Hawthorn 17 23 418 374 44 67 1 23 19 18.2 16.3 1.9 2.9 0.5 1.0 0.8
1975 Hawthorn 17 24 458 414 44 61 9 20 25 19.9 18.0 1.9 2.7 1.0 0.8 1.1
1976 Hawthorn 17 25 544 435 109 72 13 15 19 21.8 17.4 4.4 2.9 0.5 0.6 0.8
1977 Hawthorn 17 25 567 453 114 82 14 13 11 22.7 18.1 4.6 3.3 0.6 0.5 0.5
1978 Hawthorn 17 25 624 490 134 89 18 18 25 25.0 19.6 5.4 3.6 0.7 0.7 1.0
1979 Hawthorn 17 22 545 419 126 68 17 20 27 24.8 19.0 5.7 3.1 0.8 0.9 1.2
1980 Hawthorn 17 19 385 282 103 68 13 15 24 20.3 14.8 5.4 3.6 0.7 0.8 1.3
1981 Hawthorn 17 21 410 300 110 84 41 32 31 19.5 14.3 5.2 4.0 2.0 1.5 1.5
1982 Hawthorn 17 25 534 374 160 73 8 37 28 21.4 15.0 6.4 2.9 0.3 1.5 1.1
1983 Hawthorn 17 20 448 350 98 75 8 33 22 22.4 17.5 4.9 3.8 0.4 1.7 1.1
1984 Hawthorn 17 20 388 296 92 45 7 21 14 19.4 14.8 4.6 2.3 0.4 1.1 0.7
1985 Hawthorn 17 23 411 305 106 63 6 23 18 17.9 13.3 4.6 2.7 0.3 1.0 0.8
1986 Hawthorn 17 24 474 295 179 67 7 13 14 19.8 12.3 7.5 2.8 0.3 0.5 0.6
1987 Hawthorn 17 26 513 348 165 62 73 4 17 14 19.7 13.4 6.3 2.4 2.8 0.2 0.7 0.5
1988 Hawthorn 17 22 378 246 132 46 40 5 4 10 17.2 11.2 6.0 2.1 1.8 0.2 0.2 0.5
1989 Hawthorn 17 23 405 284 121 64 47 4 5 9 17.6 12.3 5.3 2.8 2.0 0.2 0.2 0.4
1990 Hawthorn 17 22 424 299 125 65 45 1 2 5 19.3 13.6 5.7 3.0 2.0 0.0 0.1 0.2
1991 Hawthorn 17 21 323 229 94 48 55 0 4 4 15.4 10.9 4.5 2.3 2.6 0.0 0.2 0.2
Career 426 8423 6353 2070 1222 260 176 320 325 19.8 14.9 4.9 2.9 2.3 0.5 0.8 0.8

Legacy

Tuck was a skinny ruck-rover with great stamina as evidenced by the length of his career. To date, Tuck is the VFL/AFL games record holder, with 426 games, but his durability is not only reflected in the number of senior games he played, but in having played fifty games in the reserves before becoming a regular senior player.[6] Tuck did poll 120 Brownlow votes for his career, but never got anywhere near winning the award.

His son, Shane Tuck, played in the AFL for Richmond. Another son, Travis Tuck, was drafted in 2005 under the father/son rule by Hawthorn, debuting in 2007.

The medal presented to the best afield in the preseason cup final was named after the him in 1992, as was a grandstand at Glenferrie Oval. He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

Coaching career

Tuck briefly served as an assistant coach at Geelong, under former Hawks team-mate Gary Ayres.

Personal life

Tuck is the brother-in-law of former Geelong player Gary Ablett, Sr., having married Fay Ablett.[7]

References

  • AFL: Hall of Fame
  • Michael Tuck's statistics from AFL Tables
  1. ^ Lovett, Michael (editor); AFL Record: Guide to Season 2005; p. 571 ISBN 0-9580300-6-5
  2. ^ Main, Jim and Holmesby, Russell; The Encyclopedia of League Footballers; (1st Edition); p. 442; ISBN 1-86337-085-4
  3. ^ See The Age; 26 September 1984.
  4. ^ Martin Windsor-Black: Pertinent Observations
  5. ^ Michael Tuck's player profile at AFL Tables
  6. ^ Lovett; AFL Record; p. 518
  7. ^
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