|V/AFL Clubs||Geelong, North Melbourne|
Full forwards do not need to be eye-catchingly brilliant in order to be effective. Some, of course, such as Pratt, Coleman, Robertson, McKenna, Rait, Ablett and Lloyd, were, or are, but the fact that brilliance is by no means an index of effectiveness is emphatically demonstrated by the fact that many of the most prolific goalkickers in the history of the game, including the likes of Farmer, Coventry, Naylor, Hudson, Lockett, Dunstall and Evans, could scarcely be described as easy on the eye.
If Douglas Graeme Wade clearly belonged in this latter category, this is not to imply that his goal kicking exploits for Geelong and North Melbourne were not immensely crowd pleasing in their way. Capable if the need arose of flying high for big marks, he was much more in his element in the sort of one-on-one physical contests on which most league full backs thrived. Moreover, his trade mark screw punts could realise maximum reward from virtually any distance up to about 60 metres (on one occasion, Wade won the Craven Filter Champion Kick of Australia).
A statistical summary of Doug Wade's most noteworthy achievements makes impressive reading:
When Geelong's 'Team of the Century' was chosen in 2001, arguably the easiest decision of all must have been placing Doug Wade at the goalfront.
Author - John Devaney