34. Laurie Nash

LEGEND – Player Inductee

City/South Melbourne, Centre Half Forward/Back, 1930-45

> 99 games, 246 goals, South Melbourne, 1933-37 and 1945
> Credited with a career tally of 247 games and 654 goals
> Represented Tasmania, 1930 Carnival
> Represented Victoria, 1934-37
> Won NTFA and City South best and fairest awards, 1931-32
> Won South Melbourne’s goalkicking, 1945
> Coached South Melbourne, 1953
> Member of the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame
> Member of Tasmania’s ‘Team of the Century’

Born in Victoria on 2 May 1910, Laurie Nash moved to Tasmania as a youth and played senior football with the City Football Club in Launceston under Roy Cazaly before moving to the VFL with South Melbourne. His senior debut in Tasmania was auspicious; he was named best player and then went on to have a stellar three seasons. In the period 1930 to 1932 he was a member of two state and two Northern Tasmanian Football Association premiership teams; won two association and two club best and fairest awards and represented the NTFA and Tasmania.

After starring in South Melbourne’s 1933 premiership year and subsequent trio of grand final appearances he surprisingly moved to Camberwell (VFA) in 1938, where he kicked 410 goals in four seasons. Laurie Nash’s final season of football in 1945 was with South Melbourne where he played in the infamous ‘Bloodbath’ grand final against Carlton. He later coached country Victorian teams Wangarratta and Greta to premierships.

Laurie Nash was an exceptional player at centre half forward or centre half back and dominated football in two states in these positions. However, on occasions when he was moved to the key forward position he also dominated. Nash kicked 18 goals in a game for Victoria vs. SA and 12 for the NTFA vs. NWFU from full forward. To underline his exceptional sporting prowess Laurie Nash also played two Test matches for Australia vs. South Africa and starred as an opening bowler.

In June 2004 Laurie Nash was selected as the centre half back in the official Tasmanian ‘Team of the Century’ and then in 2005 was an inaugural inductee in the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame.