Bruce Tempany

Full Name: Bruce Tempany
Date of Birth: 22/12/1956
Height: 189 cm ( 6-2 1/2 )
Weight: 85 kg ( 13-5 )
Guernsey: 14
Debut: 27/08/1977, Round 22, St Kilda
Last Game: 27/08/1983, Round 22, Fitzroy

Seasons: 1977-83
Total Games: 87
Total Goals: 33

Honours: Victorian Representative Team 1980 Games 1 Goals 0.

Seasons: 1976-78, 1982-84
Total Games: 26
Total Goals: 24


Bruce was a lightly-built utility player with outstanding natural talent. He worked his way up through Essex Heights Juniors to Richmond Thirds in 1975. He was a member of the Thirds Premiership side in 1975. Injury then hindered his progress, and became the bane of his VFL career. He missed playing in the 1977 Reserves Premiership side after injuring his collarbone and in 1980 he missed the Seniors Premiership side through an achilles injury suffered in the second semi-final. In 1982 he was injured during the Grand Final after being crashed into by a Carlton opponent. Bruce also had to content with asthma during his career. Bruce had a good football brain, moved well and was a magnificent long kick. He could play almost anywhere and proved to be a most versatile and adaptable player. He represented Victoria once in 1980. His highest individual goal tally was 5 against Footscray in Round 8 of 1979. In 1986 he moved to Doncaster as playing-coach. Whilst there he won the League's Goal kicking award once, as well as coaching the Eastern Districts League combined side. In local football he played at either full-forward or full-back. Bruce now works in the banking industry and lives in Box Hill. His father Graham, played with Richmond Reserves and VFA side Camberwell during the 1950's.

Essex Heights Juniors 1969-75 ( Honours - U/13 Premiership, Best & Fairest, U/17 Premiership 1975, Captain 1975, Best & Fairest 1975 ).

Doncaster 1986-88, 1991 ( Honours - Captain/Coach 1986-88, Competition Leading Goal Kicker 1987, Coach of EDFL Metro Premiership Team 1988 ) ; Mitcham 1989-90, Games 21 ( Honours - Leading Goalkicker 1989 ).

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