Barry Round

Barry Round (born 26 January 1950) played for Footscray and South Melbourne/Sydney in the Victorian Football League (VFL) between 1969 and 1985. Along the way, he played 328 games (135 for Footscray and 193 for South Melbourne/Sydney), won a Brownlow Medal in 1981 (tying with his former teammate Bernie Quinlan) and was the Swans' first captain during the Sydney era. Round's height and weight was 193 cm (6 ft 4 in) and 108 kg (17 st 0 lb).

Barry Round
Personal information
Full name Barry Round
Date of birth (1950-01-26) 26 January 1950
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb; 238 lb)
Position(s) Ruck
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1968–75 Footscray 135 (136)
1976–1985 Sydney 193 (157)
1986–91 Williamstown 110 (103)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
????–?? Victorian Football League 5 (4)
????–?? Victorian Football Association 3 (4)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1989–93 Williamstown ?? (??)
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

After retirement from VFL football, he played and coached for several years for Williamstown in the Victorian Football Association, the second highest level of football in Victoria, where he participated in their 1986 and Captain/Coached their 1990 premiership teams. He won the association best and fairest award, the J. J. Liston Trophy, in 1987 and won the 1990 Norm Goss Medal for best a field in the Grand Final.

Round Captained the Williamstown Football Club in the 1989–1991 seasons, and Coached the club from 1989–1993. During his short time at the club Round won 3 consecutive Gerry Callahan Medals (Williamstown best and fairest award) between 1987–89. In 2009 Barry Round was named in the Williamstown Team of the Century in the Ruck Position. In May 2014, Williamstown FC held their 150-year celebration and Inducted Round as part of their Inaugural Hall Of Fame. On the same night he was elevated to Legend Status of the club, being one of only 5 players to do so.

In 2005, Round appeared on The AFL Footy Show's singing competition, "Screamers".

In 2001 Round was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame with a citation that read:

Lion-hearted big man who represented Footscray and Sydney with distinction.

He is a member of Sydney's Team of the Century, which was announced in 2003.

Barry's son David Round won the Williamstown best and fairest award in 1999.

Career highlights

Playing career:

  • 1969–1986 (games: 328, goals: 293)
  • Footscray 1968–1975 (games: 135, goals: 136)
  • South Melbourne/Sydney 1976–1985 (games: 193, goals: 157)

Player honors:

  • Brownlow Medal 1981
  • Liston Trophy 1987
  • South Melbourne/Sydney best and fairest 1979, 1981
  • South Melbourne/Sydney captain 1980–1984
  • South Melbourne/Sydney Team of the Century
  • VFL representative (5 games, 4 goals)
  • VFA representative (3 games, 4 goals)


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