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What's in a Number - 3 men set to continue tradition


By club historian Robert Laidlaw

Welcome back to ruckman Jack Hannath and midfielder/wingman Josh Glenn, who, with key forward recruit John Butcher from Port Adelaide, are set to make a difference to Central District in 2017, as the Doggies aim to regain their place as a premiership contender.

Hannath returns from Fremantle Dockers in his old number 33, Glenn, who went to Gold Coast before playing a season in the BL&G with Willaston last year, switches from his former numbers 34 and 1 (worn previously) to 5, while Butcher will claim number 12.

All three numbers (33,5 and 12) have been used by Bulldogs players in premiership teams, and all have been worn by a club Best & Fairest.

Ruckman Damien Arnold wore number 5 in three premiership teams, 2000-01 and 2003, before mid-field dynamo Ian Callinan made it his in Central's 2007-10 flag-winning run. Callinan won a club B&F in 2010, the year he also took home the Jack Oatey Medal.

A much-loved former player, Sonny Morey, who was the first Bulldog to record a kick in league football for the club in 1964, wore number 5 with distinction after switching from the wing to the back pocket, playing finals footy in the early 70s, winning a club B&F in 1970, and was runner-up for the 1972 Magarey Medal, as well as representing the State. Morey was the first Bulldog player to reach 200 games.

Number 12 has been worn by two players who have won multiple club B&F awards, rover Barry Norsworthy, who went back-to-back in the mid-70s, and utility Scott Lee in 1987 and 1990. Lee was also a current player in the Bulldogs maiden premiership season of 2000, but did not come up for the grand final.

Interestingly, forward Sam McArdle, who wore number 13 in Central's 2000 premiership side, switched to number 12 for the 2001 'Bark-to-Bark' success.

Forward/midfielder Eddie Sansbury, who wore number 35 in Central's 2003 grand final victory against West Adelaide, and kicked five goals, which earned him a draft spot with North Melbourne, returned to the club wearing number 12 in 2009, to play in back-to-back flags before winning the club B&F in 2011.

While most Bulldog supporters will remember number 33 on the back of Rudi Mandemaker as he lined up the goals from outside 50m in the mid-80s through to the early 90s, it was ruckman Paul Scoullar who played in premiership teams with the number, in 2001, 2003-05.

There is also a B&F who wore number 33, ruckman Terry Moore, in 1981 after returning from playing VFL footy for North Melbourne and Hawthorn. He also won the club's B&F in 1974 wearing number 28, before crossing the border.

Hopefully Hannath, Glenn and Butcher can add their numbers to the long list of premiership players in the 21st century.

Cult hero, Rudi Mandemaker #33
Terry Moore #33
2017's #33 Jack Hannath
The great one, Sonny Morey #5
Premiership Player and Jack Oatey Medallist Ian Callinan #5
2017's #5 - Josh Glenn (holding ball), running out pre-game in 2013
Former Bulldog and Inaugural Crow, Scott Lee, Centrals most famous former #12
Central's Bark to Bark Premiership Player 2000/01 - Forward Sam McArdle, who wore #12 from 2001 onwards
2017's #12 John Butcher

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