287. Daniel Hulm

287. Daniel HulmPlayer Inductee

Clarence/Central District, Half-back/Midfield, 1991-2000

78 games, 20 goals, Clarence, 1991-96
77 games, 72 goals, Central District, 1997-2000
Clarence TFL premierships, 1993, 1994, 1996
Clarence best and fairest, 1994
Awarded Baldock Medal for best on ground in TFL grand final, 1996
Represented Tasmania four times between 1994 and 1996
Awarded Lefroy Medal for best Tasmanian player, 1994
Central District best and fairest, 1997
Captained Central District, 1999 and 2000
Central District SANFL premiership, 2000
Represented South Australia three times between 1998 and 2000
Vice Captained South Australia versus Victoria, 1999
Captained South Australia versus West Australia, 2000
Member of Clarence’s ‘Official Best Team 1947 to 2001’
Member of Central District’s ‘All Time Team 1964 to 2004’

Daniel Hulm was one of the great hard footballers of his era in the 1990s in Tasmania and South Australia, but his involvement in the game was cut short by tragedy. The Hulm family had moved to Tasmania from the NSW Riverina district and brought with them a young Daniel Hulm, who was already a highly credentialed junior footballer in that state. They settled at Triabunna on the East Coast of Tasmania and it was soon apparent that a young star had arrived as the 14-year-old Hulm accumulated the local club’s U16 and reserves best and fairest and the best young senior player awards in season 1989. After a desperate battle for his services with North Hobart, Daniel Hulm made his senior debut for Clarence in 1991 and represented Tasmania at youth and senior levels as he worked to establish himself as one of the best half back flankers in Tasmania throughout the Roos’ early dominance of the Tasmanian Football League. Hulm was an important player in Clarence’s first two statewide league premierships as they took all before them in 1993 and 1994 under ex-Sydney Swans star Stevie Wright. Hulm unfortunately missed the 1995 season due to a knee reconstruction, but following his successful return to Clarence’s senior team in 1996 he helped the Roos to a further title. Daniel Hulm’s final game in Tasmania was a best on ground performance in the 1996 grand final. Following this Hulm was enticed by Stevie Wright, who had moved to Central District in 1996, to join him at the only SANFL club never to have won a senior premiership. In South Australia Hulm became a ‘goal a game’ midfielder who created an enduring legend as the club’s first ever senior premiership captain in 2000 and also rose to the captaincy of South Australia in the same year. Daniel Hulm was a driven man who would not accept mediocrity, and he is largely credited with inspiring Central District to their first SANFL premiership since they debuted in the competition in 1964. Grand final day 2000 transformed the Bulldogs from something of a laughing stock to the modern-day power of the SANFL as they went on to win a further seven premierships prior to 2013. Following what would be Daniel Hulm’s final game of football, he gave a victory speech upon accepting the 2000 SANFL premiership cup that has become an important part of both his personal history and the club’s history: ”I am so proud of my boys. That represents the spirit. That represents the character of the northern suburbs. This is for our community. We’ll see you all out there tonight to enjoy it. I’d like to say to my boys – I love these boys, they give me all the love back. We put the runs on the board, and we are going to enjoy this. The last thing I’d like to say… we are a club, and we will go on.”