167. Len Hayes

Player Inductee

APPM/Wynyard/Cooee, Centre Half Back/Centre Half Forward, 1945-1958

> Played in every NWFU combined team from 1945 to 1955
> Represented Tasmania at the 1950 National Carnival and in 1951 against Victoria
> Coached Cooee, 1953-54
> Wynyard best and fairest, 1949 and 1950
> Cooee best and fairest, 1954 and 1956
> NWFU leading goalkicker, 1957 (51 goals)
> NWFU (Western Division) best and fairest, 1946 and 1947
> Wander Medal for NWFU best and fairest, 1949

Born in 1925, Len Hayes was one of the great champions of coastal football in the post-war era and played in key positions throughout his career. To this day he remains the only north-west player to be afforded the honour of a testimonial match (1 October 1955). Hayes was a star schoolboy footballer and played his early football against adults with country club Myalla. He also played with Yeoman and APPM in minor football before joining the AIF for three years. When he came out of the army many VFL clubs were after him, but he stayed on the north west coast, joining NWFU club Wynyard from 1945 to 1950. In 1951 he moved down the coast to Cooee and finished his career with the Bulldogs as one of the most decorated players in the state.