Thursday, April 13, 2006

Our Jezza

Over here - in the west that is - we scoff at that half-baked mark Alex Jesaulenko took in the 1970 VFL final.

Instead, we rightly acknowledge the real mark of the century as the one taken by South Fremantle legend (yes, legend - around here he is a legend) John Gerovich over East Fremantle's Ray French in the 1956 WAFL preliminary final.

When Gero took that mark, his hands were 12 feet off the Subiaco turf.
Here's the only photograph of Gero's specky which I think you'll agree was a screamer.

So much so that South Fremantle Football Club last night launched an appeal to finance a bronze statue of the leap. At the function, the club president told us that in 1961, when he visited London, a copy of the above photo was hanging on the wall of Australia House.

That must have been when Sir Les Patterson was High Commissioner.

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