Full Name: BOB MCCASKILL
Date of Birth: 27/09/1896
Height: 178 cm ( 5-10 )
Weight: 76 kg ( 12-0 )
Debut: 07/07/1923, Round 9, Fitzroy
Last Game: 22/08/1925, Round 14, Fitzroy
Total Games: 36
Total Goals: 0
Honours: Victorian Representative Team 1924 Games 1.
Robert played mainly as a wingman and ruck-rover. He was a tough but creative player who had good disposal skills. He started his football career with Numurkah before moving to Shepparton where he played in three Premiership sides before moving to Richmond in 1923. He was a member of the Richmond team that finished runners-up in 1924. After three seasons with Richmond he transferred to Sandhurst where he played and coached for 16 seasons, including 278 games as a player. During his time with Sandhurst, he led them to seven Premierships, including five in a row, as well as representing the Bendigo Leagues three times. He coached several Richmond players whilst at Sandhurst including:- Frank and William Ford, Bill White and Bert Edwards. Robert was posthumously inducted into the Bendigo Football League’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements.
He later coached North Melbourne for a total of six seasons between 1941 and 1947. He was their first coach to lead them into a VFL Final series, in 1945. He then coached Hawthorn between 1950 and 1952. He died during the 1952 season whilst he was still the senior coach. During his career, he played over 400 games and was involved in a total of 10 Premiership sides. Robert served in the A.I.F during the First World War where he won his regiment’s boxing championship.
Numurkah 1911 ; Shepparton 1912-14, 1919-22, 1924 ( Honours - Premiership 1912-13, 1920, Captain/Coach 1924 ).
Sandhurst 1925-40, Games 278, Goals 59 ( Honours - Premiership 1930-34, 1937, 1940, League Representative Team Games 3 Goals 1 ) ; North Melbourne Coach 1941-42, 1944-47 ; Hawthorn Coach 1950-52.