Full Name: JACK BROADSTOCK
Date of Birth: 01/12/1920
Height: 183 cm ( 6-0 )
Weight: 87 kg ( 13-10 )
Debut: 07/08/1943, Round 13, Footscray
Last Game: 31/08/1946, Round 18, Essendon
Total Games: 33
Total Goals: 22
Honours: Premiership 1943.
Total Games: 4
Jack was a ruck-rover, centre-half-forward and centreman. He was a rugged, strongly built player who possessed exceptional ball skills. He was amongst the finest ball handlers of his era. Although he did not play a large tally of VFL games he certainly left his mark. He came to Richmond as a result of Army service although he had played with West Adelaide and represented South Australia prior to the war. Prior to the 1943 Grand Final he caused Jack Dyer two headaches. The first was when he was caught drinking with Bert Edwards and Bernie Waldron after a curfew was placed on all Richmond players. Their punishment was an extended sprints training session. The second problem was when he went absent without leave (AWOL) from his Army duties, in order to play in the Grand Final. He was arrested by the Military Police as he arrived at the ground and it was only some very persuasive talking by Jack Dyer to his commanding officer, that saw him granted permission to play. He didn’t let his coach down and went on to play well in the Premiership victory.
Jack’s eight match suspension as a result of a kicking charge during the 1944 second semi-final severely hampered Richmond’s chances of back to back Premierships. He later coached in Kalgoorlie before returning to Adelaide where he played with West Torrens for two seasons. He was a Life Member of the West Adelaide Football Club. That club also presents the Reserves’ Best and Fairest winner with the “Jack Broadstock Medal”. Jack died in September, 1995.
Kadina 1936 ; South Adelaide Colts 1937, Games 18 ; West Adelaide 1938-41 ; North Wyhalla 1941-42, Games 36 ( Honours - Premiership 1941-42 ) ; West Adelaide/Torrens 1942, Games 4, Goals 1.
West Adelaide 1947, 1950, Games 58 including 1938-41 , Goals 36 including 1938-41 ; Boulder Captain/Coach 1948, Games 18 ( Honours - Premiership 1948 ) ; West Torrens 1949-50, Games 18, Goals 15 ; Stansbury 1951-52, Games 38 ( Honours - Premiership 1951-52 ).