John Gerovich

John Gerovich (born John Mateo Gerecivich, 23 June 1938[1]) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with South Fremantle in the Western Australian National Football League (WANFL - now WAFL) during the 1950s and 1960s.[2]

John Gerovich
Statue of John Gerovich's famous mark
over Ray French in the 1956 WAFL preliminary final
Personal information
Full name John Michael Gerovich
Date of birth (1938-06-23) 23 June 1938
Place of birth Spearwood, Western Australia
Original team(s) Spearwood
Position(s) Centre half forward / Full forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1955–1969 South Fremantle 221 (771)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1956–1961 Western Australia 20 (56)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1969.

Playing career

Gerovich was a key position forward, best known for high flying marks and his prolific goalkicking. One famous mark,[3] which he took in the 1956 WANFL preliminary final over East Fremantle's Ray French is commemorated in a statue at Fremantle Oval by local sculptor Robert Hitchcock. The statue was based on an iconic photograph of the mark,[2] taken by The West Australian photographer Maurie Hammond and published on Wednesday, 10 October 1956.[4] The mark is also depicted in Jamie Cooper's painting the Game That Made Australia, commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport.[5] On three occasions he was the WAFL's top goalkicker, in 1956 with 74 goals, in 1960 with 101 goals and 1961 with 74 goals again. He also topped South Fremantle's goal-kicking eight times.[6] When he retired after the 1969 season he had kicked a total of 744 goals for South Fremantle.[7]

State football

Over the course of his career, he regularly represented Western Australia at interstate football and kicked 56 goals from his 18 representative games. Gerovich, of Croatian heritage, was an All-Australian at the 1956 Perth Carnival and played in the side which won the 1961 Brisbane Carnival.


In 2004 he was one of the inaugural inductees into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame.[8] Gerovich is also a member of the Fremantle Football Hall of Legends and a centre half forward in the Fremantle Team of Legends which was established in 2007. The trophy for each season's leading goalkicker at South Fremantle is named after him.


  1. "Family Notices". The West Australian. 54, (16, 219). Western Australia. 24 June 1938. p. 1. Retrieved 8 March 2017 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. "John Gerovich - Player Bio". Australian Football. Slattery Media. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  3. Jordan, Ray, ed. (1985). The Footballers: A history of football in Western Australia (1st ed.). St George Books. p. 71. ISBN 0867780258. The most famous mark in WA football history.
  4. Everett, Les (2006). "Gero will fly forever". Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  5. "The Game That Made Australia painting". Australian Football 150 Years. Australian Football League. Archived from the original on 4 June 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  6. "WAFL player profile".
  7. "WAFL Footy Facts player profile".
  8. "West Australian Football Hall of Fame Inductees".
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