|V/AFL Clubs||North Melbourne|
Something of a schoolboy prodigy, Longmire, who hailed from Corrowa-Rutherglen, was originally tied to Sydney, but in the end actually joined North Melbourne. Tall (194cm), powerful and, particularly early in his career, surprisingly quick, Longmire could adapt to a variety of positions with equal success. Excellent overhead, he was also a prodigious kick, qualities which came to the fore during 1990, arguably his best AFL season, when, with 98 goals, he topped the league list, despite playing in the backlines for some of the year. Aged only twenty at the time, he was the youngest player in V/AFL history to kick so many goals. He was rewarded with the North Melbourne best and fairest award.
The farcical nature of the rules determining state of origin eligibility was vividly highlighted during that same 1990 season when Longmire played for both Victoria against Tasmania, and for his home state of New South Wales against Victoria. In the latter game he booted eight of New South Wales' 13 goals and was a near unanimous choice as best player afield. To top things off, New South Wales won the match.
For most of the first half of the 1990s Longmire was used primarily in a key attacking role where, with Wayne Carey, he gave North Melbourne one of the most potent forward lines in the game. Between 1990 and 1994, as North gradually emerged from the doldrums to become arguably the team of the '90s, Longmire headed the club's list of goalkickers every year at an average of 81 goals per season. After unfortunately missing the 1996 grand final, in which North defeated Sydney, with injury, he capped off his career in style by helping the Kangas overcome Carlton in the 1999 flag decider in what was his 200th and final league game. He kicked 511 goals.
After serving a long apprenticeship under Rodney Eade and Paul Roos, Longmire assumed the senior coaching role at Sydney in 2011, leading the Swans to the semi-final stage in his first season.
Author - John Devaney