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Reference_ South Melbourne Foreign Legion

South Melbourne (VFL)
Laurie Nash by Charles Boyles - Source: State Library of Victoria
Laurie Nash by Charles Boyles - Source: State Library of Victoria

The so called 'Coulter Law' was introduced to the VFL in 1930. The law capped match payments and incentives and introduced zoning of players for Metropolitan Melbourne. Teams looking for new players now needed to look elsewhere,

Between 1931 and 1934 South Melbourne brough over 10 interstate players. The number of interstate players in the team earned it the nick-name the 'Foreign Legion'. The predominance of Western Australian players also led to the nickname of the 'Swans' as opposed to the more traditional 'Bloods'.

The Foreign Legion won the 1933 Grand Final but this was to be the clubs last until it won again, as the Sydney Swans in the 2005 AFL Competition. Frustration followed the 1933 win as South Melbourne reached, but lost the 1934,1935 and 1936 premierships.

Interstate Players include:

1931
Jack Wade (S.A.)

1932
Brighton Diggins (Subiaco W.A.)
Bill Faul (Subiaco W.A.)
Bert Beard (Kalgoolie W.A.)
Johnny Leonard (Subiaco W.A)

1933
Laurie Nash (Tasmania)
Jim O'Meara (W.A.)
Ossie Bertram (West Torrens, S.A)
John Bowe (Subiaco W.A.)
Wilbur Harris (West Torrens, SA)

1934
Lindsay Richards (W.A.)

The prominence of the recruited players may be gauged by the players shown in the 1932 Australasian page showing champion interstate players. Nash, Bertram and Bowe are all included.
Australian Game Champions - 27-Aug-1932 p.vii - Source: State Library of Victoria Newspaper Collection
Australian Game Champions - 27-Aug-1932 p.vii - Source: State Library of Victoria Newspaper Collection



External References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1933_VFL_Grand_Final

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