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Key Facts

Full name
Wayne Harmes

Known as
Wayne Harmes

9 February 1960 (age 62)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 171d
Last game: 28y 165d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 54, 37

Family links
Len Smith (Grandfather)Peter Smith (Second cousin)Norm Smith (Great uncle)

Wayne Harmes

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1977-1986, 1988169860.5170%11.104.404.4652
Total1977-1986, 1988169860.5170%11.104.404.4652

AFL: 8,942nd player to appear, 977th most games played, 1,247th most goals kickedCarlton: 870th player to appear, 58th most games played, 111th most goals kicked

Carlton's Wayne Harmes will forever be celebrated as the first man to win the Norm Smith Medal (unless the AFL decides to make retrospective awards). Harmes, who fittingly was actually Norm Smith's nephew, won his Medal after a stirring performance for the Blues in their five point victory over Collingwood in the 1979 VFL Grand Final. His superb game that day was capped by a brilliant dive to knock the ball back in-field deep in the right forward pocket; the ball went straight to team mate Ken Sheldon, who booted the match-winning goal.

Powerfully built, Harmes was an inspirational player who liked to crash his way through packs. He was equally at home across the centre, on the ball, or in the backlines, and almost always managed to accumulate numerous possessions. He rose through the ranks to play 169 senior games with Carlton from 1977 to 1988. He also booted 86 goals. His best performances tended to come in important games, notably the winning Grand Finals of 1979, 1981 and 1982, and his appearances for Victoria in 1979 and 1986.

After leaving Carlton Wayne Harmes played briefly with Brunswick in the VFA. In 2000 he was inducted into the official Carlton Football Club Hall of Fame.

Author - John Devaney


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