260. Derek Peardon

260. Derek PeardonPlayer Inductee

Richmond/City-South/North Hobart, Ruck-rover,1968-1977

> 68 games, 16 goals, Richmond, 1968-71
> Around 95 games, City-South, 1971-76
> City-South NTFA premierships, 1972 and 1974
> City-South state premiership, 1972
> City-South Best and Fairest, 1972 and 1973
> NTFA Best First Year Player, 1974
> NTFA Best and Fairest (Hec Smith Medal), 1973
> Represented NTFA nine times from 1972 to 1976
> Represented Tasmania two times in 1975 and 1976
> Ruck-rover in City-South Team of the Century

Derek Peardon was a champion schoolboy footballer and gifted professional runner who was the first aboriginal player for Richmond. Selected in the 1965 All-Australian Schoolboys’ team, he played in the 1966 Richmond Fourths premiership side as well as the 1967 Under 19s premiership and 1971 Reserves premiership, his last game for the club. Upon returning to Tasmania in 1972, Peardon played six seasons for City-South (Launceston), including premierships in 1972 and 1974. During this period he won two club and one Association Best and Fairest awards. He also represented the NTFA and Tasmania. He concluded his outstanding career with a season for North Hobart in the Tasmanian Football League.