Cyril Louis Hoft (24 September 1896 – 5 July 1949) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the North Fremantle and Perth Football Clubs in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and the Glenelg Football Club in the South Australian Football League (SAFL).
|Full name||Cyril Louis Hoft|
|Date of birth||24 September 1896|
|Place of birth||Perth, Western Australia|
|Date of death||5 July 1949 52)(aged|
|Place of death||Perth, Western Australia|
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||63 kg (139 lb)|
|1914–15||North Fremantle||11 (?)|
|Representative team honours|
|1921–23||Western Australia||3 (1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1928.
Family and Early life
The son of Herman Hoft (-1936), and Amelia Ann Hoft (-1954), née Haley, Cyril Louis Hoft was born on 24 September 1896. He grew up in the South-West region of Western Australia, moving to Perth to attend Scotch College, where he played in the school's football team.
North Fremantle (WAFL)
Because his school was located in North Fremantle recruitment zone, Hoft began his career with that club, playing eleven games for North Fremantle in 1914.
Along with many others from his team, Hoft enlisted in the First AIF in February 1915, which forced the club to disband. Serving as a private in the 44 Infantry Battalion, he saw action in the European theatre, where he was wounded in action on two separate occasions.
Hoft resuming his league career with Perth in 1919.
Hoft tied with Subiaco's Tom Outridge, on 14 votes, in the inaugural Sandover Medal count in 1921. Prior to 1930, only one vote was given in each game, meaning that both Hoft and Outridge had been best on the ground in 14 matches.
Because there was no provision, in that inaugural year, for a tied vote, and it was decided to leave the choice of the single winner to "an adjudicator" that was to be appointed by Messrs. Sandover and Co. (the donors of the medal). It was decided to allow the WAFL president, Alf Moffat, to cast the deciding vote, which he gave to Outridge.
In 1997, along with a number of other players who had tied for first, but lost on countback, Hoft was awarded a retrospective medal.
In 1924, Hoft switched to Glenelg in the SAFL. Standing out in a team that had yet to win a match, Hoft was appointed captain two rounds into the season, and won the club's best and fairest in 1924. He was appointed captain-coach in 1925, and guided the club to its first ever win after 56 losses, an upset against reigning premiers West Torrens.
- Cyril Hoft – Snouts Louts. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
- Deaths: Hoft, The West Australian, (Wednesday, 29 July 1936), p.1.
- Deaths: Hoft, The West Australian, (Friday, 10 September 1954), p.43.
- Marriage: Hoft—Davies, The West Australian, (Monday, 13 July 1925), p.1.
- Cyril Louis Hoft - First World War Embarkation Roll – awm.gov.au. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
- ANZAC Heroes: Great War 1914–1918: Bunbury–Wellington District Western Australia: Cyril Louis Hoft.
- 326th Casualty List: Wounded, The (Perth) Daily News, (Wednesday, 25 July 1917), p.2.
- Illustrated Section, The Western Mail, (Friday, 27 July 1917), p.19.
- 439th Casualty List: Wounded, The Western Mail, Friday, 8 November 1918), p.42.
- "Cyril Hoft - Player Bio". John Devaney. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
- "About the Sandover Medal, wafl.com". Archived from the original on 2 February 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- Chatter, The (Perth) Daily News, (Friday, 23 September 1921), p.5.
- Football Echoes, The Call, (Friday, 21 October 1921), p.8.
- CYRIL HOFT: GLENELG'S NEW CAPTAIN. – The Advertiser. Published 23 May 1924. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- Where Are They Now?, The (Perth) Daily News, (Thursday, 3 August 1939), p.12.
- The Western Australian Carnival Team, The Western Mail, (Thursday, 11 August 1921), p.20.
- Former Perth Winger Dies – The Daily News. Published 6 July 1949. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- Deaths: Hoft, The West Australian, (Thursday, 7 July 1949), p.1.
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