246. Harry McDonald

Harry McDonaldPlayer Inductee

Ulverstone, Defender,1903-1928

Ulverstone premierships, 1910 and 1923

Harry McDonald is remembered as the grand old man of coastal football, having played more than 300 games with Ulverstone and the NWFU in the period 1903 to 1928. Considered the best defender in the region—although he also played forward on occasion—he represented the NWFU and was vice captain to the legendary Ivor Warne-Smith. Coastal players were overlooked for state honours in this era, but there is little doubt McDonald would have come under consideration such was his defensive play. He was a member of Ulverstone premierships in 1910 and 1923 and considered it a great privilege to be coached by Australian Hall of Famer, Frank ‘Checker’ Hughes in the mid-1920s.