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Geoffrey William Martin



Geoffrey William Martin

7 March 1896 - 7 March 1968

Member 1987

A tall, lean, right hand bat, Geoffrey Martin favoured attack as the best means of defence, for he possessed the flair, strokes and skill to take on the best. In the 1914/1915 season Martin won the N.T.C.A. batting average. Martin's 649 runs were scored at an average of 81.12 and contained scores of 200 not out and 154. World War I put an end to cricket.

Tasmania did not resume first class cricket until 1922. In 1924 Martin was finally chosen to represent Tasmania in a match against Victoria. In this debut he made 40 in the first innings and top scored with 42 in Tasmania's 199 in the second innings.

In 1928 against England, Martin, in aggressive style, top-scored with 121 in only 126 minutes. In 1928/1929 against the English in Launceston, Martin was vice-captain of the Tasmanian side. Martin hammered the attack, taking his score to 92. He was out, bowled by Larwood, the ball hitting the off stump sending the bail an incredible 66 yards.

All in all, Martin played 23 matches for Tasmania. Sadly, because of Tasmania's limited first class programme, his superb skills were never utilised to the full.

Geoff Martin was also a very considerable footballer as well. As a centre half back for the Launceston Club, he had been renowned for his marking ability. He played for 10 years with the Launceston Football Club, including four years as captain. He also captained the N.T.F.A. for two years. Martin was vice-captain and centre half back for Tasmania in the 1924 Carnival matches, and a member of the A.I.F. Football team in 1915 that defeated the T.F.L. by four points.