Les Roebuck

Leslie Norman "Les" Roebuck (10 November 1885 – 18 May 1973)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He was also a leading tennis player.[2]

Les Roebuck
Personal information
Full name Leslie Norman Roebuck
Date of birth (1885-11-10)10 November 1885
Place of birth Geelong, Victoria
Date of death 18 May 1973(1973-05-18) (aged 87)
Place of death Surrey Hills, Victoria
Original team(s) Geelong West
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1905–1908 Geelong 35 (43)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1908.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com


Roebuck is on record as weighing only 57 kg, during his football career at Geelong, where he played for four seasons.[3]

Recruited from Geelong West, Roebuck was Geelong's leading goalkicker in the 1906 VFL season, with 21 goals.[3][4] His best goal tally in a game was five, which he got against Melbourne at Corio Oval in 1907.[5]


Roebuck played regularly on the tennis circuit and competed at the 1914 Australasian Championships. In the opening round he defeated W. C. Marsden, then conceded a second round walkover to two-time former champion Rodney Heath, who went on to make the semi finals.[6][7]


  1. "Les Roebuck – Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. "Lawn Tennis". Winner. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 21 June 1916. p. 4. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  3. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785.
  4. Lovett, Michael (2004). AFL 2004 – The Official Statistical History Of The AFL. AFL Publishing. ISBN 0-9580300-5-7.
  5. "Geelong v. Melbourne;". Geelong Advertiser. Vic.: National Library of Australia. 27 May 1907. p. 4. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  6. "Tennis Championships". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 24 November 1914. p. 4. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  7. "The Australasian Championships". The Referee. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 2 December 1914. p. 16. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
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