Royce Hart

Royce Desmond Hart (b 1948), footballer, was born in Hobart. Recruited as a 17-year-old from the Clarence under 19s by Richmond (Victoria), he represented them in 187 games, kicking 363 goals. His 1967 debut was stunning: he was Richmond's leading goalkicker and VFL Recruit of the Year, played in their first premiership in 24 years, represented Victoria and was named in the All-Australian team. Premiership glory came again in 1969, and under his captainship in 1973 and 1974.

Hart played for Victoria eleven times once as captain. Knee injuries restricted his career, and he turned to coaching following his 1977 retirement. Widely regarded as one of the best post-war centre half forwards, Hart was named in the AFL 'Team of the Century', and is a member of the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame.

Further reading: hart.htm; J Stoward, Tasmanians, Hobart, 1998.

Wendy Rimon