Don Condon

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Born: 12-Mar-1923
Died: 15-Feb-19961
Height: 171cm (AFL Tables)


Brighton (VFA) 19412
North Melbourne (VFL) 1944-1951 - 131 Games, 218 Goals


Condon tried out for North in 19413, but played the season for Brighton. He was Brighton leading goal kicker and was voted most popular player4


The Argus 29-Apr-1950 P7

HAROLD ("Tim") ROBB and DON ("Peewee") CONDON were North Melbourne's two rovers last season. When a boy, Robb, who came from Footscray, was coached by Jock Cordner, one of the best centre men in the League when he played with North years ago.

Tim, a good-living boy, is a fine club man, and almost a fanatic as far as sport is concerned. He does everything possible to keep himself fit and to improve his game. Earlier he lacked that initial pace that is so essential in a rover, but hard work helped him to overcome that handicap.

He is married, lives in Footscray, and works on the wharf. In the summertime he plays cricket.

"Peewee" Condon got his name because he was smaller than most of the players when he was in the thirds. Then he went to Brighton, and was a grand player in that V.F.A. team, being stationed mainly on the half forward flank. In his last two years at North he has been a rover and pocket forward.

He had his first senior game with North in 1944, and has now played 108 games. His value while resting in attack is indicated by his tally as a goalkicker, for he has kicked 176 goals. His name is inscribed among those who have won the trophy for best and fairest player in the club.

He is an excellent cricketer, and played several games with the North seconds, his form being such as to suggest that he could have reached the senior side. However, he was persuaded to go back to the Carlton Brewery and play with his work- mates.

He is married, is the father of a small daughter, and has just built his own house in Pascoevale.


Argus 15-Jul-1950 P10
MUCH of North Melbourne's success in the last year or two has come from the play of GERALD MARCHESI and DON CONDON on the halt-forward line. Marchesi, son of a former Geelong star, came to the club from Kensington Y.C.W., and played 54 games with the seconds before gaining promotion, but he was then only 19. He had his first senior game in 1948, and gained his big opportunity last year. He is strongly built, but is fast, and a good mark. His kicking has improved. Marchesi is single, living in Kensington with his people, and he is a butcher by trade. In the summer he does a little footrunning.

Condon is a local boy who, playing with the thirds, saw no chance of promotion, so joined Brighton (V.F.A.) for experience. At the end of one season he returned to North, and went straight into the senior side. That was in 1944, and he has been a grand player ever since, his tally being 108 games and 176 goals up to the end of last season. After a spell of roving and forward pocket play he was sent to half-for- ward, and has become a specialist there. An excellent kick, a fast mover, elusive, and clever, Don is a worry to opponents.

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Card 88 - Don Condon - 1949 Kornies Victorian Footballers Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Card 88 - Don Condon - 1949 Kornies Victorian Footballers Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

AFL Tables - Don Condon
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3. Bentley for Carlton. (1941, March 12). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved January 23, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205298649
4. BRIGHTON TROPHIES. (1942, February 18). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 8. Retrieved January 23, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8233488

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