Full Name: KEVIN MORRIS
Date of Birth: 20/08/1951
Height: 180 cm ( 5-11 )
Weight: 84 kg ( 13-3 )
Debut: 14/06/1971, Round 11, Geelong
Last Game: 28/08/1976, Round 22, St Kilda
Total Games: 110
Total Goals: 71
Honours: Premiership 1973-74, Best & Fairest 1975, Victorian Representative Team Games 2.
Seasons: 1971, 1976
Total Games: 13
Total Goals: 14
Honours: Premiership 1971. Richmond Reserves Coach 1995.
Kevin was a very versatile, straight-ahead type of player who could ruck-rove and play as either a half-forward or half-back. He also played in the centre and at full-forward. He was recruited from VFA club Waverley who were located in Richmond’s metropolitan recruiting zone. A fine team player, he was strong, highly skilled and used the ball well, and, coupled with a well developed football brain made him a great all-rounder. During one stint on the forward line, he kicked 8 goals against South Melbourne in Round 21 of 1973 after kicking 5 goals against Collingwood in the previous game. He won the Club Best and Fairest in 1975 and represented Victoria twice.
He was a member of the 1971 Reserves’ and the 1973 and 1974 Seniors’ Premiership teams. A proven Finals performer, he was in the best players in the 1971 and 1974 Premiership teams, as well as the 1972 Grand Final loss. In 1973, he came on as a reserve during the last quarter when Carlton were beginning to mount a challenge. He quickly gathered several possessions and became an important player during his short time on the ground. At one stage during the mid-1970’s, he tried to cross to North Melbourne because he was running a hotel in that area, but his clearance was refused.
He eventually crossed to Collingwood with Tom Hafey in 1977. He spent five seasons with Collingwood and was vice captain in 1980. In 1982, he was playing-coach of Werribee, then spent three seasons playing-coach of Essendon’s Reserves, winning them a Premiership in 1983. He later coached West Adelaide between 1988 and 1991 before returning to Melbourne to take up a position with Essendon’s recruiting. In 1994, he was assistant-coach to Kevin Sheedy before leaving mid-season to rejoin Richmond as Football Co-ordinator. His presence and input proved invaluable in Richmond’s resurgence during 1994. He coached the Richmond Reserves in 1995 and is assistant-coach in 1996.
After retiring from senior football he played super rules and was selected as playing-coach of a Victorian team at a national carnival. Kevin went on to win the award for Best and Fairest during the carnival.
Jordanville YCW Junior Football ; Salesian College Junior Football ; Waverley 1969-70, Games 37, Goals 74 ( Leading Goalkicker 1970 Goals 55 ).
Collingwood Seniors 1977-81, Games 71, Goals 54 ; Collingwood Reserves 1978-79, 81, Games 10, Goals 13 ; Werribee Captain/Coach 1982, Games 16, Goals 16 ; Essendon Reserves Captain/Coach 1983-85, Games 35, Goals 56 ( Honours - Premiership 1983 ) ; West Adelaide Coach 1988-91 ; Essendon Reserves Coach 1994.