215. Gordon Bowman

Player Inductee

Melbourne/Hawthorn/Sandy Bay, Centreman, 1945-1958

82 games, Melbourne 1945-49 and Hawthorn 1950-51
Melbourne premiership, 1948
Sandy Bay premiership, 1952 (runners-up in 1953 and 1958)
Captained Tasmania
Lefroy Medal for best Tasmanian state player

Gordon Bowman was a Victorian who played over 500 senior games and won premierships in four states. Upon his move to Tasmania in 1952 he captained the state and won the Lefroy Medal for best state player. He led Sandy Bay to the 1952 premiership and further grand finals in 1953 and 1958. He also captain-coached Mayne (Queensland) and Newtown (NSW) to premierships. He enjoyed a 7-1 win/loss record as Queensland coach from 1963-66 before retiring in Tasmania.