Bendigo All Stars Team

In October, 1997, the VFL-aligned Bendigo Diggers Football Club hosted an evening in which 23 top players from Bendigo’s VCFL region for 1972-1997 were honoured. Former St Kilda coach Ken Sheldon was installed as playing coach during the course of the dinner. Dual Brownlow Medallist Greg ‘Diesel’ Williams was named as the centreman and captain. No fewer than 19 of the 23 named had Carlton connections. Not surprising I suppose when it’s remembered that Bendigo, and its VCFL zone, was the Blues’ conduit for decades. Sheldon hailed originally from Mitiamo and All Stars half-forward/rover Jimmy Buckley was a Kyneton boy. Frank Coghlan had Bridgewater roots, despite his affiliation with BFL club Sandhurst. Wingman Peter Francis had Heathcote ties. And ruckman Warren ‘Wow’ Jones played for Castlemaine before heading to Melbourne to further his career.


B: Des English (Carlton, 104 games) Geoff Southby (Carlton, 268 games) Peter Dean (Carlton, 248 games)
HB: Ray Byrne (Carlton, Collingwood, Geelong 219 games Michael Sexton (Carlton, 200 games); Peter McConville (Carlton, St Kilda 194 games)
Centre: Wayne Campbell (Richmond 297 games) Greg Williams (Geelong, Sydney, Carlton) 250 games) Captain Peter Francis (Carlton, Fitzroy, Richmond, Essendon 158 games)
HF: Jim Buckley (Carlton 164 games); Kevin Higgins (Geelong, Fitzroy 153 games) Leigh Colbert (Geelong, Nth Melbourne 209 games).
F: Bruce Reid (Footscray, Carlton 119 games); Greg Kennedy (Carlton (48 games) Ken Sheldon (Carlton, St Kilda 185 games) – Coach.
Ruck: Warren 'Wow' Jones (Carlton, St Kilda 123 games) Trevor Keogh (Carlton 208 games) Rod Ashman (Carlton 236 games)
Interchange: Kevin Sheehan (Geelong 102 games) Tony Southcombe (Carlton 13 games) Peter Rohde (Carlton, Melbourne 162 games)
Brian Walsh (Carlton, Essendon 113 games) Frank Coghlan (St Kilda 109 games) *
Coach: Ken Sheldon

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