3. Victor Barwick

Player Inductee

Queenstown/St Kilda/Brighton (VFA), Rover, 1900-13

> 105 games, 66 goals for St Kilda, 1903-09, 1913
> Around 40 games for Brighton (VFA), 1910-12
> Represented Victoria v WA, 1904
> St Kilda captain, 1905, 1909

Strong, skilful and highly rated, Vic Barwick was an early great of Tasmanian and Victorian football. Originally hailing from Queenstown, Barwick represented local club Linton before joining St Kilda in the VFL in 1903. Solidly built and possessing a superb football brain, Barwick made an immediate impact, representing Victoria against Western Australia in just his second year and being named St Kilda captain in his third. In an era when success was rare for the Saints, Barwick established a reputation as one of the greatest rovers of his time, being later described by teammate and St Kilda legend Dave McNamara as “a true champion” and “first amongst rovers” that he saw. After three seasons with Brighton in the VFA, Barwick returned to St Kilda in 1913 but at the age of 34 his best days were behind him. He managed just one game for the year and ultimately missed out on selection in St Kilda’s unsuccessful semi final team against Fitzroy; however his legacy was hardly diminished.