George Ogilvie

Date of Birth: 12/05/1890
Height: 180 cm ( 5-11 )
Weight: 86 kg ( 13-8 )
Guernsey: 24
Debut: 04/09/1920, Round 18, Essendon
Last Game: 18/09/1920, Round SF, Carlton

Seasons: 1920
Total Games: 2
Total Goals: 0


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George was a centreman. A well-built player who had sure ball handling skills, he joined Richmond prior to the 1920 Finals and quickly became embroiled in a clearance dispute with Essendon, who claimed him as their player due to residential boundaries. This dispute came to a head after the second semi-final of 1920, which was his second and last in VFL company. The dispute almost certainly cost him a spot in the Tigers first winning Premiership team, after he had performed very well in the semi-final. He stood out of football during the 1926 and 1927 seasons in an unsuccessful attempt to gain a clearance to play VFL Football. After leaving Richmond he played with Footscray in 1921 before joining Port Melbourne. He was a champion in the VFA and in 1922 was voted the best centreman of the competition. He again became embroiled in controversy when he was offered a bribe prior to the 1922 VFA Grand Final. He was approached by a Footscray official and offered money to play below his best. He ignored the offer and was an important part of Port Melbourne's Premiership side. In 1923 Port Melbourne again met Footscray in the Grand Final and this time he was involved in a fight and reported during the game. He was subsequently suspended for nine matches by the VFA Tribunal. He coach Yarraville briefly in 1929 before returning to his home town of Echuca. He spent six seasons with them before coaching Rochester for four seasons.
He served with the A.I.F during the First World War in the 7th Battalion in Belgium. He was later promoted to Warrant Officer and Instructor during the Second World War. He was a Life Member and one of the few players to be inducted into the Bendigo League's Hall of Fame. He was also a fine country cricketer who excelled at both batting and bowling. George died in 1957.

Footscray Juniors 1919 ; Echuca 1920, 1928-33, Games 106, Goals 150 ( Honours - Captain/Coach 1931-33, League Representative Team Games 2 Goals 7 ).

Footscray VFA 1921, Games 12, Goals 4 ; Port Melbourne 1922-25, Games 43, Goals 24 ( Honours - Premiership 1922 ) ; Yarraville 1929, Games 7, Goals 9 ( Honours - Captain/Coach Part of 1929 ) ; Rochester Captain/Coach 1934-37, Games 72, Goals 88 ; Echuca Imperials Senior Coach 1938.

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