As a Victorian and South Australian team prepare to do battle for this weekend’s AFL Grand Final, representative teams from the two states fought it out 84 years ago for bragging rights as the nation’s top Australian Rules football side.
At each end of the ground stood two of the greatest goal kickers of all eras – both AFL Hall of Fame inductees and names immortalised in their home states. For Victoria, Gordon ‘Nuts’ Coventry - the record-breaking Collingwood sharp-shooter, whose 1299 VFL (Victorian Football League) goal tally would remain unsurpassed for over half a century. For South Australia, North Adelaide goal machine Ken Farmer, considered the Bradman of the goal square in his home state and in the middle of a decade-long run of goal-kicking centuries in the SANFL (South Australian National Football League).
For most modern day football fans, the pair remain just static names of the past – gloriously adorning stadiums and statues but unseen in moving images in their prime. Until now.