Russell Morris (footballer)

Russell Morris (born 1 June 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer.

Russell Morris
Personal information
Full name Russell Morris
Nickname(s) The Fly
Date of birth (1962-06-01) 1 June 1962
Original team(s) North Shore Bombers
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1984–1990 Hawthorn 93 (52)
1991–1994 St Kilda 66 (32)
Total 159 (84)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1994.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Morris was recruited from the North Shore Bombers in New South Wales. As a child he grew up supporting the Richmond Football Club in the VFL.[1]

Beginning his career with the Hawthorn Football Club in 1984, he went on to play 93 games and kick 52 goals for the club and played in the club's 1986 premiership side.[2] In 1987, he represented Victoria in State of Origin and also in that year had a place in the All-Australian team. He had a clash with Jim Edmond that hurt his career as well as himself. As a key position player at Hawthorn, he competed for positions with champion stalwarts such as Peter Knights, Dermott Brereton and Chris Mew, often playing as a utility.

He moved to the St Kilda Football Club, where he played from 1991–1994, playing 66 games and booting 32 goals, interchanging between centre half back and half forward where he had a reasonable degree of success.

After he retired, he moved to Channel 7 as a boundary rider.

In 2004, Morris was chosen as a member of (AFL) Greek Team of the Century.

Following his retirement he has made numerous television appearances, and remains an active figure at the St Kilda Football Club.

Morris is also a vocal supporter of the Down Syndrome Association after his daughter Nick was diagnosed.

References

  1. AFL Record Round 19, 2007. pg 81
  2. They play the game in Sydney from australianrules.com.au


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