Chris Bond 50th

Happy 50th to Chris Bond.


Career: 1990-1992
Debut: Round 2, 1990 vs Collingwood, aged 21 years, 71 days
966th Carlton Player
Games: 22
Goals: 8
Last game: Round 14, 1992 vs Fitzroy, aged 23 years, 146 days
Guernsey No. 43 (1990) and 16 (1991 – 1992).
Height: 178cm
Weight: 81kg
DOB: 26 January, 1969

Chris Bond was a hard-running defensive midfielder, or defender, taken by Carlton relatively early in the 1989 National Draft (Pick 35). Bond, a Tasmanian from the proud North Hobart club, would play 22 games for the Blues between 1990 and 1992 but wouldn’t quite make it in the rich midfield Carlton had at the time. He stood 178cms and kicked 8 goals in his brief time at the Blues.

He debuted at VFL Park, on a Saturday, and by doing so, sitting on the pine, was watching only his second game of AFL/VFL football. The only other game he had seen was the the 1987 Grand Final, as a guest of the Carlton Football Club.

Back in 1987, he was playing for Wynyard, on the North West Coast of Tasmania. After moving South in 1989, to play for North Hobart, he had a supreme season in the TFL and represented Tasmania against Victoria. Six AFL clubs expressed interest in the nuggety little Tasmanian, but Carlton won and he was picked as Carlton’s second draft choice. “A few people told me I should stay in Tassie one more year, but I was going on 21 and I’d had a good year in the TFL, and I realised it was time to come over.”

Bond expected it would take half a year to break into the Carlton midfield. He didn’t get a game in the Fosters Cup. But after a couple of blinders in practice matches and a dominating effort in the Round 1 reserves game saw Bond quickly elevated to the seniors. “Most of the advice I got was just to get out there and enjoy it.”

Bond’s first match was against Collingwood. “I was very nervous. While I was warming up, I was getting really keyed up and toey. But before I ran out, I wasn’t as nervous, I just wanted to get on with the game.” Bond spent the first quarter on the bench. Five minutes in to the second, Fraser Brown was injured. There was momentary confusion at the interchange gate, and then Bond was on!! Jamie Turner was his opponent. “When I first got out there, it was a bit strange. The ball was moving very quickly. I didn’t know if I was in the right position or not. I had to find my feet, get the feel of the game.” Bond struggled to tackle some much larger opponents when he first got on, but then took a handpass from Craig Bradley and got his first kick. “It makes a hell of a difference that first kick. I was told by a few people to kick it as long as you can. It gets all the nerves out of your system.”

Darren Saunders picked up Bond at the start of the third and continued with him until the end of the game. After dropping a mark early in the third, Bond was awarded a free for a high tackle and drove the ball forward for Simon Minton-Connell to kick his sixth goal. In the last quarter, Bond struggled to find possession, with his most effective act being a deft palm to a running Ian Herman in the middle of the ground. “I thought it was a fair game first up. He gave us a bit of zip,” said coach Alex Jesaulenko. “He’s still got a long way to go. There’s areas he has to improve in. But it was a fair game.” “I didn’t go as well as I wanted to go, but you never do. It was probably an average game. I learned a hell of a lot. I’d like to be given another go. There’s a few things I want to do. It was a great exeperience, something I’ll never forget.”

Bond would find his way to Richmond from 1993 to 1997, before he made a bit of news for the trade that Richmond would execute with him. Bond managed to rack up 100 games and boot 32 goals with the Tigers. The fledgling Dockers would give up Pick #2 for the trusty servant, a pick that would ultimately deliver Brad Ottens to the Tigers. Bond would later captain the Dockers, he played 41 games and booted 5 goals playing for Freo.

Bond coached VFL club Werribee in 2002.

Overall, Bond would play 163 games at the 3 Clubs, and move in to the position of Assistant Coach at the Bulldogs later in his career.

Career Highlights

1990 – Reserves Best First Year Player Award
1990 – Reserves Premiership Player

Vale Ron Hines

Deepest sympathies to the family of Ron “Ripper” Hines, the 58-game Carlton wingman from the wartime year of 1943 through to 1948, who died yesterday at the age of 95. The following is Ron’s story, courtesy The Blueseum –

Career : 1943 – 1948
Debut : Round 14, 1943 vs Essendon, aged 20 years, 34 days
Carlton Player No. 585
Games : 58
Goals : 21
Last Game : Round 6, 1948 vs Essendon, aged 24 years 316 days
Guernsey No. 11
Height : 165 cm (5 ft. 5 in.)
Weight : 65.5 kg (10 stone, 4 lbs.)
DOB : July 11, 1923
DOD : January 6, 2019

An honest and popular wingman who was drawn to Carlton while serving as an aircraft mechanic with the RAAF in World War II, Ron ‘Ripper ‘ Hines is remembered as one of two Blues who suffered the anguish of being dropped from the team prior to the infamous 1945 ‘Bloodbath’ Grand Final. The other player to miss out was fellow wingman Fred Fitzgibbon, who was suspended for four weeks by the VFL Tribunal after Carlton’s sensational victory over Collingwood in the previous week’s Preliminary Final.

Born in Ballarat, but living in Melbourne when war was declared, Hines enlisted for service with the RAAF in 1942. While training at various establishments around Melbourne – including Point Cook and Laverton – Ron played as often as possible with his home team – Coburg District – as well as with the Air Force in inter-service matches.

In 1943, he found his way to Princes Park, and was given his first opportunity at senior level in a vital game against Essendon at Windy Hill in round 14. Wearing guernsey number 11, Hines started on a wing (alongside Bob Chitty, in the centre) as Carlton won a tense, dour struggle by 3 points. His second game was that year’s first Semi Final against Fitzroy, which ended in a 51-point hiding for the Blues.

Over the next two years, Hines was a regular senior player. His 20 matches on a wing or at half-forward in 1945 included Carlton’s easy victory over North Melbourne in one Semi Final, followed by a stirring win over Collingwood in a bitter and physical Preliminary Final. In the aftermath of that bloody clash, Carlton’s Fred Fitzgibbon was found guilty of striking Collingwood enforcer Len Hustler, and suspended by the tribunal for four matches. A few days later, Hines also suffered a huge disappointment when he was omitted from the Grand Final team to play South Melbourne, and replaced by Alex Way. As has been extensively documented, Carlton then went on to beat the Bloods by 28 points in the most spiteful and controversial Premiership play-off of them all.

However, Hines’ dignified reaction to his omission from the flag side, and his genuine joy at Carlton’s achievement, endeared him to his team-mates. Rather than sulking, he was as keen as ever over the following two seasons, even though he was never the first player picked each week. He missed out on a place in another dramatic Grand Final victory for the Blues in 1947, and bid farewell to VFL football after Essendon defeated the Blues by 28 points at Princes Park in round 6, 1948.

Ron Hines created enormous confusion at Preston when he joined fellow wingman and pre-war player Ron Hind on the list. Fortunately for spectators, Hines (the Carlton player) managed just 16 games in his two years with Preston.

Ron died aged 95 years old on January 6, 2019.


50 Games: Round 8, 1947 Vs Geelong

Former player Colin Holt passes

Colin Holt (middle row, second from left) passed away, aged 84. (Photo: Supplied)

It’s doubtful that any Carlton player before or since has completed a more controversial senior debut than Colin Holt, the 20-game former half-forward who died last Saturday at the age of 84. 

Originally recruited to the club from neighbouring Brunswick, Holt toiled for six seasons at Under 19 and reserve grade level before getting his first senior call up – in the 10th Round of 1955 against Footscray at Princes Park.

The 21 year-old didn’t hold back. He got reported and was subsequently suspended for eight matches for kicking Footscray captain-coach Charlie Sutton no less.

All this on a day in which Carlton defender Harry Caspar, in his last appearance for the club, also had his number taken for striking Dave Bryden – for which the Tribunal duly imposed a four-match ban he never served. 

The Argus’ Peter Banfield, in covering Holt’s Tribunal hearing on the night of Tuesday, June 29, 1955, reported that an obviously upset Holt had told the Chairman that he had tried to push Sutton out the way, but had not kicked the Footscray “Iron Man”. 

“‘It was my first League game,” he (Holt) said emotionally. ‘I had never struck anyone before as hard to get past as Sutton’,” Banfield noted. 

Despite Holt’s and Sutton’s view that the former hadn’t delivered a kick, the Tribunal sided with the reporting field umpire Alan Nash that the toe of Holt’s boot had made contact with Sutton’s leg between the knee and ankle in the second quarter. 

News of the sensational hearing was splashed across the back page of The Argus, together with a photograph of a relaxed Holt and Sutton awaiting the Tribunal verdict.

Holt’s senior lapse bellied his steadiness at both Under 19 and reserve grade level at Princes Park, which saw him feature in the 1948 and ’51 Premierships with the Unders and take out the reserves’ Most Consistent Award in ’57.

In making his senior debut, Holt became the 693rd Carlton footballer since 1897 to achieve the feat. His career would span 20 games in total, the last of them the Round 10, 1957 contest with Collingwood at Victoria Park. 

Through 1958 and ’59, Holt managed a further 21 senior appearances for Richmond.

Colin Francis Holt died at the Village Glen Retirement Facility. He is survived by his beloved wife Jacqueline, daughter Colleen, sons Daryl and Russell, daughter-in-law Michelle, son-in-law Mick and seven grandchildren.

His funeral took place yesterday morning (Thursday, November 8) at the Rosebud Funeral Chapel on Jetty Road, followed by private cremation.

2018 Victorian AFLPA Alumni Golf Day

The 2018 Victorian AFLPA Alumni Golf Day, brought to you by Keiser, is ‘back’ at the stunning Moonah Links Golf Club on Friday 30th November 2018.

We will again be running two competitions on the day – one for those players with an official GA handicap and one for those without handicaps.

So grab some former teammates and RSVP quickly to avoid disappointment.


’79 premiership player Young passes away

Tony De Bolfo, Carlton Media 

Carlton premiership wingman Michael Young, pictured here between Harmes and Johnston wearing the guernsey of his vanquished Collingwood opponent late on Grand Final day in 1979, has passed away after a long illness. - Carlton,Carlton Blues,AFLCarlton premiership wingman Michael Young, pictured here between Harmes and Johnston wearing the guernsey of his vanquished Collingwood opponent late on Grand Final day in 1979, has passed away after a long illness.

MEMBERS of Carlton’s 1979 premiership team will gather for next year’s 40th anniversary of the Grand Final triumph over Collingwood minus one, with the premature passing of wingman Michael Young.

Young died in Melbourne after a long battle with cancer this morning, three months to the day short of his 60th birthday.

Recruited to Carlton from the Hobart-based Clarence in 1977, Young inherited the No.19 of the 1972 premiership back-pocket John O’Connell, who in late 1989 himself succumbed to cancer at the age of 38.

Young took out Carlton’s reserve grade best-and-fairest award in ’77. The following season, in thr 15th round of that year against St Kilda at inhospitable Moorabbin, he completed his senior debut.

Though the late Denis Collins’ presence on a wing curtailed Young’s senior appearances through 1978, a series of solid showings at reserve grade level through mid-’79 warranted his recall . . . and timing as they say is everything.

Young was part of Carlton’s emphatic semi-final victory over North Melbourne at VFL Park. He was just 20 years old and 22 senior appearances into his senior career when he played his part in the feted outfit, captained and coached by Alex Jesaulenko, which prevailed by five points on a wet deck on Grand Final day.

The following season, Young turned out in 15 senior matches including both finals, but after 37 senior games in total was moved on at the completion of a particularly trying season for the Club. Relocating to Melbourne, Young represented the Redlegs in 15 more matches through two seasons until his delisting in 1982, and despite briefly training with Essendon subsequently gave the game away.

Michael Young played 37 games for the Blues, including the triumphant 1979 Grand Final.

A fellow member of the ’79 team which delivered Carlton’s 12th League premiership was the three-time premiership player Ken Sheldon, who said of Young: “Michael was a very talented, charismatic and loyal teammate who ran his opponents around in circles . . . and often some of his teammates too”.

Another team member, the four-time premiership player David McKay, said: “Michael was a champion fellow and a very good player for Carlton in a premiership season”.

“I know Michael had been ill and undergoing treatment in The Alfred for quite a while. The old Carlton runner Brendan O’Sullivan was a regular visitor to him and ‘Curly’ Austin, Barry Armstrong and Alex Marcou had also been in to see him,” McKay said.

“I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago and thought he was on the mend. He was going into rehab and was even considering fronting up to our most recent Spirit of Carlton function, but it wasn’t to be.”

Nineteen members of Carlton’s premiership 20 of 1979, including the inaugural Norm Smith Medallist Wayne Harmes, are still living. Most of them will gather at Prahran’s College Lawn Hotel this week to raise a glass to their old teammate.

The team was as follows:

Backs: Wayne Harmes, Geoff Southby, David McKay

Half-backs: Peter McConville, Bruce Doull, Robbert Klomp

Centres: Peter Francis, Alex Jesaulenko (cc), Michael Young

Half-forwards: Wayne Johnston, Mark Maclure, Trevor Keogh

Forwards: Mike Fitzpatrick, Peter Brown, Ken Sheldon

Followers: Peter Jones, Barry Armstrong, Jim Buckley

Interchange: Rod Austin, Alex Marcou

Former Blue Boyle passes away

Tony De Bolfo, Carlton Media

Former Blue Alex Boyle has passed away at the age of 88. (Photo: Boyles Studio) - Carlton,Carlton Blues,AFL,Ikon ParkFormer Blue Alex Boyle has passed away at the age of 88. (Photo: Boyles Studio)

ALEX Boyle, Carlton’s resident full-back in eight senior matches through 1953 and ’54, has died at the age of 88 after a long illness.

Considered the logical successor to the premiership-winning full-back Ollie Grieve, Boyle joined the Club from Oakleigh having earned a reputation in VFA circles as a dashing defender of renown. Prior to 1949, he’d played for rival Association club Frankston where his on-field prowess was identified by Carlton’s 1938 premiership captain-coach Brighton Diggins.

In football terms, Boyle was hot property. On June 25, 1952, The Argus reported that Oakleigh had finally relented in clearing Boyle, who’d stood out of the game for the opening 10 games of that season out of frustration in not earning a Carlton clearance.

The Devils’ move meant that Boyle’s new club had acquired what The Argus correspondent noted was “one of the most sought after VFA footballers for years”.

“Two other League clubs – South Melbourne and Footscray – were anxious to secure the services of Boyle,” the writer observed.

“Footscray tried to sign him in 1950, 1951 and again early this season. South Melbourne failed to obtain permission from Oakleigh to interview him in 1950. Boyle trained at Carlton four years ago and the club unsuccessfully sought him last year.”

Former Blue Alex Boyle. (Photo: Boyles Studio)

Named at full-back between Bruce Comben and Brian Molony, the 23-year-old Boyle completed his senior debut in Dark Navy against Footscray in the opening round of season 1953 – the same game in which a future Brownlow Medallist John James turned out for the first time.

Inaccuracy in front of goal cost Carlton the four points that Saturday afternoon – 7.18 (60) to the Bulldogs’ 9.11 (65) – and Boyle did not represent the team again that season.

On the Wednesday after the match, Boyle’s name appeared in The Argus beneath the headline PROBLEM FOR BLUES.

The unnamed reporter noted that the chief worry facing Carlton selectors was finding a successor to Boyle at full-back.

“Boyle leaves on an overseas business trip this week and may not be available again this season,” the correspondent wrote.

This week, Boyle’s son Phil revealed the circumstances behind his father’s sudden departure.

“Dad got a lucrative offer to be foreman for the construction of a cantilever crane on Christmas Island,” Phil said.

“They used to load phosphate onto ships by hand over there and Dad, who was a structural engineer, arranged for the crane to shovel it out.”

Boyle wore the guernsey No.5 of Sam Petrevski-Seton into the Footscray match and then the No.6 of Kade Simpson through a further seven senior appearances in ’54 – the last of them against Geelong in Round 18 at Kardinia Park.

Later cleared by the club, Boyle took up the role of senior coach for Pearcedale in the then Mornington Peninsula Football League in 1955.

“Dad took on a series of coaching jobs throughout in country Victoria and he was captain-coach of Narrandera Imperials in New South Wales,” Phil said.

“He played on into his mid-30s but he copped a crook hip which meant he didn’t go to watch many Carlton games later on. I can only remember a couple of occasions where he went along to watch, but having said that he always followed Carlton with interest and Carlton was his team.”

Boyle was the 662nd player to represent the Carlton Football Club at senior level since the VFL’s foundation season of 1897.

Two of Boyle’s old Carlton contemporaries, Ron Robertson and Peter Webster, remembered Boyle, but acknowledged that after 65 years, memories of their former teammate are all too fleeting.

In terms of the character of the man, Boyle’s son Phil, who was putting the finishing touches to his father’s eulogy when contacted for this story, offered the following:

“Dad was intelligent and hard-working. For more than a dozen years he worked seven days a week because the family store was burnt out up at Narrandera, we lost a lot and when Dad came back he was fighting to get back on top again,” Phil said.

“He wasn’t one for detail. He didn’t watch a movie or read a picture book. If it wasn’t real he wasn’t interested. As I say in my eulogy, he was a real man – an old fashioned sort of person in that way. Life was tough growing up, his parents broke up and I think he was loyal to all his friends because of that.”

Alexander (Alex) William Boyle died peacefully in Frankston Hospital on July 29. He was a husband to Catherine and formerly Pat (deceased), father to Bruce (deceased), Mal and Phil, step-father to Michael and Kristy. He was also a much-loved grandfather and great grandfather.

A celebration of Boyle’s life will be held at the Rosebud Funeral Chapel, 123 Jetty Road, Rosebud, on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, commencing 2.30 pm.