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Royce Desmond Hart



Royce Desmond Hart

b. 10 February 1948

Member 1993

Regarded by many as the best centre half forward in the post war years, Royce Hart represented Richmond in 190 Games spread over 11 star-studded years. Recruited as a 17 year old from Clarence Under 19s, Royce developed to become one of the greatest footballers in the game. Possessing enormous courage, unwavering concentration, terrific balance and a great spring together with a penetrating left foot kick - he was an inspiring champion.

Richmond had chosen a match winner and Hart played in their 1967, '69, '73 and '74 premierships, captaining the club in the last two successes. He kicked 363 goals for Richmond, won their best and fairest award twice and was a natural selection for Victoria which he represented on 11 occasions, captaining the side once. He was named in the all Australia side in 1969 and represented Australia in Gaelic football in 1967.

Injuries to his knees restricted his career and he turned to coaching following his retirement in 1977. He was a specialist and reserves coach at Richmond in 1978-79 and then crossed to Footscray as their senior coach in 1980-81.

Hart would be one of the best Tasmanian footballers to play in the VFL. He ranks highly with the game's best ever players and an example to all that is admirable about Australian football.