199. John Bonney

Player Inductee

Cooee/St Kilda/Burnie, Centre/Rover/Half Forward, 1962-1979

87 games, 79 goals, St Kilda, 1967-69, 1971-73 and 1976
Member of St Kilda’s losing grand final team of 1971
90+ games, Cooee, 1962-66 and 1978-79
Cooee best and fairest, 1964, 1965 and 1966
Represented Tasmania eight times, including at the 1966 Australian Carnival
Represented Victoria against West Australia, 1971
Captain-coached Burnie, 1974-75, including 1974 NWFU premiership
Captain-coached Cooee to 1978 NWFU and state premiership
Lefroy Medal for best Tasmanian player, 1965

In 1978 John Bonney became the first person to coach two NWFU clubs to premierships after leading Burnie to a win in 1974 and Cooee to triumph in 1978. Bonney was a tough rover/half forward who had suffered a severe injury as a teenager and was told he would never play football again. Bonney overcame the odds to carve out a tremendous playing and coaching career in Tasmania and Victoria.