Cyril Hoft

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).

Cyril Hoft
Personal information
Full name Cyril Louis Hoft
Date of birth 24 September 1896
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Date of death 5 July 1949(1949-07-05) (aged 52)
Place of death Perth, Western Australia
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)[1]
Position(s) Wing
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1914–15 North Fremantle 11 (?)
1919–28 Perth 88 (?)
1924–27 Glenelg 56 (?)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1921–23 Western Australia 3 (1)
1924–27 South Australia unknown
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1928.
Career highlights

Family and Early life

The son of Herman Hoft (-1936),[2] and Amelia Ann Hoft (-1954), née Haley,[3] 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.

He married Dorothy Marjorie Davies, in Perth, on 22 June 1925.[4]

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.

Military service

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,[5] where he was wounded in action on two separate occasions.[6][7][8][9]

He was one of the members of the First AIF who participated in the October 1916 "Pioneer Exhibition Game", an exhibition match of Australian Rules football organised, in London, by Frank Beaurepaire.[10]

Perth (WAFL)

Hoft resuming his league career with Perth in 1919.

Sandover medal

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.[11]

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).[12] It was decided to allow the WAFL president, Alf Moffat, to cast the deciding vote, which he gave to Outridge.[13]

In 1997, along with a number of other players who had tied for first, but lost on countback, Hoft was awarded a retrospective medal.

Glenelg (SAFL)

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,[14] 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.

Perth (WAFL)

Hoft returned to Perth in 1928, playing one game in his final season with the club before retiring.[10][15]

Interstate football

Hoft represented Western Australia in the 1921 Perth Carnival;[10][16] and represented South Australia at the 1924 Hobart Carnival.


He died in July 1949 after a long illness, leaving his wife (Dorothy, née Davies) and six children (June, Kevin, Les, Lois, Maureen, and Peter).[17][18]

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