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Laurie Hill

Laurie Hill

1962-1969
13

114 CFC Games Played

0 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
18 July 1942
Date of Death
22 May 2014
Recruited From
Thornbury
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1962
Height:
180cm
Weight:
76kg

Biography

Collingwood possessed some wonderful footballers in the mid-1960s – famous names like Wayne Richardson, Des Tuddenham, Len Thompson, Terry Waters and many more.

So when the club brands one of its own from that time as “possibly their most dependable footballer”, it is high praise indeed. And that’s the tag that was bestowed upon attacking half-back flanker Laurie Hill in the club’s 1967 Yearbook.

“Laurie is an excellent half-back flanker,” the publication said. “A good mark and a sure left foot kick, he is a strong player with splendid judgement and great anticipation. Collingwood regard him as possibly their most dependable footballer.

“He plays a full 100 minutes of football in each game he plays … he has learned that he cannot at any stage of the match relax, and the last few minutes of the match he plays at the same tempo as the first few minutes.”

This was an assessment shared by outsiders, too. “He’s always been a defender but never a negative blocker,” wrote The Sun in 1967. “Will take risks and back himself to win the ball. Top notch defender with pace, marking power and a flair for launching attacks. Controls his long left-foot kicks well.”

Those observations sum up Laurie Hill’s Collingwood career to a tee. He was a reliable yet attacking defender who filled one half-back flank for the best part of a decade. In his 10 years at the club, starting with the under-19s in 1960, he always performed at a remarkably high and remarkably consistent level – especially from the time he made his senior debut in 1962. He rarely let his teammates down, and the gap between his best and worst performances was unusually low.

He was recruited from Wanderers under-17s in the Preston District and played 32 games across two seasons with our under-19 team (including the club’s first ever thirds Premiership in 1960). He also won the thirds’ best-and-fairest in 1961.

He made his senior debut against St Kilda in the opening round of the following year, wearing the #13 he would carry through the rest of his career. He was initially named as an emergency for the game but was called onto the bench when Ray Gabelich withdrew from the selected side on the day of the game. When full-back Peter Rosenbrock was knocked out in the first quarter, the red-headed Hill suddenly found himself thrown into the fray on a half-back flank – where he stood against another youngster in his first game, by the name of Darrel Baldock.

The Age liked what it saw from the youngster thrown into the big time. “Laurie Hill came on as a reserve in the first quarter,” it said, “and showed he could have the making of a League defender by his determination to stick close to an opponent.”

The paper was right in one way and wrong in another. Laurie became a regular in defence almost immediately, playing 16 games in that first season and going on to become one of the most trusted and valued defenders not just at Collingwood but in the whole competition. He was among the Magpies’ best in the heartbreaking 1964 Grand Final loss and also pulled on the Big V guernsey several times. But it wasn’t just for “sticking close” that he won the plaudits – his attacking prowess also quickly became a trademark.

Hill played his 114th senior game for Collingwood in the opening round of the 1969 season against Hawthorn at Glenferrie. Collingwood lost by 22 points, and Hill was surprisingly dropped. He was so disappointed by the decision that he decided to walk away from VFL football and take up with Preston in the VFA, in an attempt to start enjoying football again.

He was far too good for that competition, winning the Liston Trophy in his first season and being part of a Premiership team. He ended up spending five years with Preston, won a second Liston in 1971 and also won two club best-and-fairest awards. After playing 84 senior games there, he finished his playing days with two years as captain-coach of Diamond Valley League club Watsonia in the mid-1970s. He is still regarded as one of the Bullants’ true greats: long after he’d finished playing he was inducted into the Preston Hall of Fame, and the Bullants also named the club’s best-and-fairest award after him.

Laurie Hill was only 26 when he left Collingwood, and he clearly had plenty of good football left in the tank. His experience and reliability would surely have come in handy during the finals series of 1969 and 1970, at the very least. One thing we know for sure from the rest of his career is that he wouldn’t have let anyone down.

– Michael Roberts

Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1962-1969 114 0 7 57%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1962 16 0 13

1962 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 St Kilda L 0 13 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn L 0 13 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 0 13 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne L 0 13 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 0 13 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 0 13 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs L 0 13 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 0 13 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 0 13 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 13 View match >
Round 11 Essendon L 0 13 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda L 0 13 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 0 13 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 0 13 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne L 0 13 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 0 13 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1963 12 0 13

1963 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 7 Essendon L 0 13 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 13 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 0 13 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 0 13 View match >
Round 11 Geelong L 0 13 View match >
Round 12 Richmond L 0 13 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne L 0 13 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn L 0 13 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda L 0 13 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 0 13 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy W 0 13 View match >
Round 18 Essendon L 0 13 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1964 20 0 0 0 13

1964 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 0 13 View match >
Round 2 Geelong L 0 13 View match >
Round 3 Western Bulldogs W 0 13 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 0 13 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 13 View match >
Round 6 Essendon L 0 13 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 0 13 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne L 0 13 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn L 0 13 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W 0 13 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 0 13 View match >
Round 13 Geelong W 0 13 View match >
Round 14 Western Bulldogs W 0 13 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 0 13 View match >
Round 16 Carlton D 0 13 View match >
Round 17 Essendon W 0 13 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 0 13 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 13 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 0 13 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 0 0 13 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1965 19 1 261 47 308 13

1965 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 St Kilda L 13 13 13 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 14 3 17 13 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 11 2 13 13 View match >
Round 4 Geelong L 11 3 14 13 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 10 5 15 13 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne L 9 4 13 13 View match >
Round 7 Sydney W 13 3 16 13 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 6 2 8 13 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 17 2 19 13 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 1 15 5 20 13 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 17 2 19 13 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 14 14 13 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 9 1 10 13 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 13 1 14 13 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 17 2 19 13 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 22 4 26 13 View match >
Round 18 Sydney L 12 3 15 13 View match >
Semi Final St Kilda L 21 4 25 13 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 17 1 18 13 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1966 19 0 1 239 42 281 13

1966 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 12 1 13 13 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 1 14 4 18 13 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 14 3 17 13 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 16 3 19 13 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne W 10 3 13 13 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 0 13 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 13 1 14 13 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 16 1 17 13 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 17 1 18 13 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 0 13 View match >
Round 11 Carlton L 15 2 17 13 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 13 1 14 13 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 21 6 27 13 View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 8 3 11 13 View match >
Round 15 Richmond W 13 1 14 13 View match >
Round 16 North Melbourne W 9 3 12 13 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 22 4 26 13 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 15 3 18 13 View match >
Grand Final St Kilda L 0 0 11 2 13 13 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1967 17 238 36 274 13

1967 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L 15 3 18 13 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne W 19 3 22 13 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 14 3 17 13 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 9 2 11 13 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 11 3 14 13 View match >
Round 6 Carlton L 5 1 6 13 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 12 8 20 13 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 7 7 13 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 19 2 21 13 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 16 1 17 13 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 13 4 17 13 View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 18 1 19 13 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs L 15 15 13 View match >
Round 16 Sydney W 18 18 13 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 17 2 19 13 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 14 2 16 13 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 16 1 17 13 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1968 10 1 94 16 110 13

1968 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond L 5 2 7 13 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy L 14 3 17 13 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 2 2 13 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 12 3 15 13 View match >
Round 9 Sydney L 17 2 19 13 View match >
Round 12 Richmond W 21 2 23 13 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 11 1 12 13 View match >
Round 15 Geelong L 1 4 1 5 13 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne W 6 1 7 13 View match >
Round 20 Sydney W 2 1 3 13 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1969 1 8 2 10 13

1969 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn L 8 2 10 13 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 114 0 3 840 143 983
Avg/Game   0.00 0.03 7.37 1.25 8.62
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

642

Total AFL Games
114
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1962
CFC Last Game
Round 1, 1969
Recruited From
Thornbury
Full Name
Laurie Hill

Awards

  • Life Members
    2003
  • Under-19s Best and Fairest
    1961
  • Best Clubman (Darren Millane Memorial Trophy)
    1968
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