Todd Marshall on the Rise

Todd Marshall

Port Adelaide forward Todd Marshall is having a break-through season for the Power.

Todd scored seven votes in the Carey Bunton medal in Port’s 23-point win over the Sydney Swans at the Adelaide Oval in round 14 to go into third place behind Swans mid-fielder Callum Mills (48) and Gold Coast Suns ruckman Jarrad Witts (27).

He also booted four goals in Port’s victory to move into 2nd place behind neighbouring Finley product Tom Hawkins (Geelong) for the Bill Mohr goalkicking award. Following three goals against West Coast, Hawkins leads the race with 36 goals; Marshall has kicked 27 goals so far this season.

Todd’s smooth, seemingly effortless goalkicking skills were honed on the Harding Street Oval in his hometown, Deniliquin in south-west NSW, where he grew up playing junior footy for the Rams in the Murray Football League.

Local footy legend Sean Drennan (ex Swans), who was a key forward in five premierships for the Rams including four in a row, 2001-2004, told us that Todd was from “a really good footballing family”. His late father, Robert “Cocko” Marshall and uncle Stuart “Ernie” Marshall were handy players and wonderful clubmen for Deni over many years. Cousin, Lee Marshall had a run with the Sydney Swans in 1996-97, then returned home to play in five flag winning teams.

Todd was drafted from the Murray Bushrangers where he played under former Sydney Swans winger Leon Higgins, who was recruited under zoning from nearby Tocumwal.

CAREY BUNTON MEDAL

Votes Round 14
48 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans

31 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast
27 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide (R14 – 7 votes v SYD)
22 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R14 – 5 votes v PA)
17 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide)
17 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle
15 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong
13 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton
11 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) – Geelong
11 Isaac Cumming (Norths – Broken Hill) – GWS Giants
10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide
9 Harry Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – GWS Giants
6 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
6 James Peatling (Pennant Hills) – GWS Giants
5 Jeremy Finlayson (Culcairn) – Port Adelaide)
5 Harry Perryman (Collingullie) – GWS Giants
3 Dougal Howard (Wagga Tigers) – St Kilda
2 Charlie Spargo (Albury Tigers) – Melbourne
1 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
1 Matt Flynn (Narrandera) – GWS Giants

 

MOHR MEDAL (for the NSW player who has kicked the most goals this season in the AFL)

Goals Round 14
36 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R14 – 3 goals)

27 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin) – Port Adelaide (R14 – 4 goals)
24 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R14 – 3 goals)
23 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide (R14 – 1 goal)
23 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (R14 – 2 goals)
20 Harry Himmelberg (MCUE) – GWS Giants

The Kid From Moama Scores 10 Votes

  Lachie Schultz

The “Moama Kid”, Fremantle’s dynamic forward Lachie Schultz scored the maximum number of votes for his outstanding game in the 55-point win over the West Coast Eagles in round 3.

His 23-disposals, eight marks, three goal-assists, nine score involvements and two goals were instrumental in the victory.

He also won the Glendinning-Allan medal for best afield in the Western Derby.

Schultz’s performance has catapulted him into second place behind early leader Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans) in the Carey Bunton medal for the best NSW player in the AFL.

Near neighbour Todd Marshall from 70 kilometres up the Cobb Highway in Deniliquin also had a break-out game, booting five goals in Port Adelaide’s after-the-siren loss to Adelaide in the Showdown.

Mangoplah-CUE’s Elliot Himmelberg also had a stand-out performance for his side Adelaide booting four goals and scoring six votes in the win over Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval.

Swans star forward Isaac Heeney still leads way in the Mohr Medal for the leading NSW goalkicker by one goal from Tom Hawkins and Harry Himmelberg.

CAREY BUNTON MEDAL

Votes Round 3
15 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans

10 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle (R3 10 votes v WCE)
8 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong

8 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton
8 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans
8 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide (R3 8 votes v ADL)
6 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide (R2 6 votes v PA)
1 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast

1 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
1 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans

MOHR MEDAL

Goals Round 3
9 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R3 1 goal v WB)  

8 Harry Himmelberg (MCUE) – GWS Giants (R3 3 goals v GCS)
8 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R3 3 goals v COLL)
6 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide (R3 5 goals v ADL)                                       
5 Lachie Schultz (Moama) –  Fremantle (R3 2 goals v WCE)                                                                  
5 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (R3 2 goals v CAR)                                                                            
4 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide (R3 4 goals v PA)
4 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
(R3 1 goal v WB)

Leaping Leo

Neil Cordy profiles the nomination of Leo Barry to the AFL NSW Hall of Fame:  

Five years before Leo Barry took “That Mark” to end the Swans 72 year premiership drought he came scarily close to moving to Carlton.

He was part of a proposed three-way deal where the Swans were after Aaron Hamill from St Kilda, the Crows wanted to bring Ryan Fitzgerald back to his hometown Adelaide and the Blues had eyes for Leo.

Had the trade gone through the game would have been robbed of one of its greatest moments and potentially the Swans of their drought breaking 2005 premiership.

“We were in Cancun on holiday when the trade was proposed,” Barry recalled. “Aaron Hamill was ready to move to the Swans and I said alright I’ll go to Carlton but Fitzy didn’t want to go to Adelaide and the deal fell through.”

In hindsight it’s difficult to comprehend how Barry would have wanted to leave Sydney. But at the time (2000) the kid from Deniliquin was struggling to find a regular spot in the Swans line up playing mostly as a half forward.

“I had a lot of injuries and struggled with confidence,” Barry said. “I lacked consistency up forward and didn’t have the fitness required. I was always suited to short sharp movements which was what I got at full back. In the end it worked itself out.”

It certainly did work itself out. The switch to fullback was a master stroke. Leo won the most improved player in 2001 and went on to become one of the game’s best defenders.

Adding to the achievement was the fact Leo was only 184cm tall and regularly conceded 10 or more centimetres and kilograms to his opponents like Fraser Gehrig, Jonathan Brown and Sav Rocca.

?“My worst case scenario was being caught flat footed alongside a bloke who was 6’5’’, it was a situation I didn’t want to be involved in,” Barry said.

Most of them couldn’t move that well and that allowed me to capitalise when the ball hit the ground. I would never get involved in a physical contest. I would always stay at arm’s length. I would never get in position where I would get fended off or pushed out of position. I learned to understand where the ball was going and where the ball drop was. My speed and jump allowed me to play from behind and to catch up and be in the contest. I was able to push my opponent under the ball with my chest or my hips. It’s a skill that is under-utilised.”

Barry played 66 games in his first six seasons in Sydney. After the switch to full back he played another 171 over nine seasons earning All Australian honours in 2004 and 2005. In 2005, the year he “Caught the Cup” he was also appointed co-captain (2005-2008).

As high as he flew both literally and figuratively Barry has always been modest about his achievements and valued his country roots growing up on the family property ‘Ibelong’ at Mayrung.

His dad Leo Senior played in Deniliquin’s 1966 premiership in the Murray FL and Leo made his debut for the club in 1992 at the age of 15.

“My first game was against Strathmerton at Strathmerton,” Barry said. “David Bolton (former Swan & Geelong) was their captain coach and they were rough as guts, Mum (Judy) was too scared to go to the game to watch. Within five minutes one of my team mates Colin Thompson was stretchered off after someone punched him in the head. I was a little nervous. A bloke came through and poked his elbow out but I was young and nimble enough to avoid it. A couple of the Deni supporters almost threw their beers at this bloke, which was pretty serious because they don’t like to waste a drop. Todd Marshall’s late father (Port Adelaide) was one of those supporters.”

This school of hard knocks was followed by a more refined one when Barry moved to Sydney and attended St Ignatius at Riverview from years 10 to 12. He helped develop the school’s reputation as the best for Aussie Rules in Sydney.

During his time at the Swans he completed his MBA and went on to work as a broker at Merrill Lynch. He is now a successful portfolio manager at Fairview Equity Partners and a Director of the Sydney Swans FC.

Leo lives in Melbourne with his wife Sarah and children Caleb and Isaac. 

History Society launches New Awards for NSW Player and Team of the Year in AFL

                 Swan’s, Isaac Heeney leading after R3

Following on from the resounding success of last year’s selection of the NSW Greatest Team Ever, the NSW AFL History Society has launched two new annual awards to recognise the Best Player in the AFL and the selection of a State of Origin team from players in the AFL.

Society president Ian Granland OAM said, “The inauguration of these awards will add to the rich tapestry of the history of football in NSW, that is this year, celebrating its 140th year”.

“This initiative has been driven by our Patron, Richard Colless AM, who has secured the support of the AFL Coaches Association for the voting structure for the Best Player and the Daily Telegraph to publish the tally board of the votes each Wednesday, starting today”.

“There are currently forty-nine players from NSW on the lists of the clubs in the AFL. The Giants have the greatest number of players with twelve. Hawthorn are next with six, while the Swans have five. There are only three clubs without NSW origin players” Granland added.

The winner of the NSW Player of the Year award will receive the Carey – Bunton Medal that honours the two greatest NSW players of all time.

The votes of the AFL coaches is highly respected and will provide a credible and valid voting system to determine the winner. Each coach votes on a 5,4,3,2,1 basis after each home and away game and the votes are aggregated.

Meanwhile, Colless has confirmed the addition of two of the players selected in the Greatest Team, Wayne Carey and Mark McClure, will join the selection panel. Carey was named as captain of the team.

The cornerstones of last year’s selection panel for the Greatest Team, Mike Sheahan and Gerard Healy have agreed to stay involved. Colless will be the convenor and History Society vice-president Rod Gillett will be the non-voting secretary.

“I’m delighted to have Wayne and Mark join the panel. All of the selectors are currently active in the media and have a very close view of all games in the AFL each round” Colless said.

“To have the very strong support of the AFL Coaches Association for the Player of the Year award is really a reflection of the status that NSW now enjoys in the AFL landscape. I want to thank the CEO Mark Brayshaw and his staff for their commitment to this award.”

“It is a highly respected award for which the votes are aggregated and available weekly” added Colless.

Votes after round 3 are:

Isaac Heeney (SS) 19 (9 votes Syd v NM);
Harry Perryman (GWS) 13 (3 votes GWS v WB);
Isaac Smith (HAW) 8 (8 votes Haw v Rich);
Jarrod Witts (GCS) 8 (8 votes GCS v Ad);
Dane Rampe (SS) 6;
Jacob Townsend (ESS) 4;
Luke Bruest (HAW) 3;
Jacob Hopper (GWS) 2;
Todd Marshall (PA) 2.

The AFLCA award was instituted in 2004 and it is our intention to award the medal retrospectively to all the winners 2004-2019. Some of the previous winners will include Brett Kirk, Lenny Hayes, Taylor Walker, Kieran Jack, and in 2019, Zac Williams.