176. Noel Carter

Ulverstone/Richmond/South Fremantle, Rover, 1971-1986

> 49 games, 56 goals, Richmond, 1973-77
> 155 games, South Fremantle, 1978-86
> Richmond premiership, 1973
> Ulverstone best and fairest, 1972
> Tasmanian and WA representative
> Captained South Fremantle to grand finals in 1979, 1980 (premiership) and 1981
> South Fremantle best and fairest, 1980 and 1984

Born 9 February 1955, Noel Carter was a star schoolboy footballer who made an immediate impact in the North West Football Union by winning Ulverstone’s best player award in his first season. Richmond recruited Carter as a 17-year-old and he played in their powerhouse team of 1973, winning that year’s premiership.

Carter moved to West Australia where he represented the state and captained South Fremantle to a premiership in 1980. This was the auspicious time in his career and he earned a reputation as one of the most inspirational on-field leaders of the game. Tough, hard at the ball, and almost fanatically determined, he led from the front as the Bulldogs established themselves as one of the leading sides in the WANFL, and indeed Australia.