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Key Facts

Full name
Bruce Nankervis

Known as
Bruce Nankervis

14 August 1950 (age 73)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 282d
Last game: 33y 13d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 33

Family links
Ian Nankervis (Brother)Vic Nankervis (Great uncle)

Bruce Nankervis

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,271st player to appear, 255th most games played, 1,353rd most goals kickedGeelong: 717th player to appear, 17th most games played, 97th most goals kicked

Two years younger than his brother Ian, the record holder for the most senior games at Geelong, Bruce Nankervis was a less polished but ultimately no less effective footballer who gave sterling service to the Cats for well over a decade. Initially, however, it looked as though he was going to fail to make the grade. After playing for Geelong under 19s he returned, disappointed, to Barwon after being axed from the senior training squad. A short while later, he returned to Geelong, but although he broke into the league side midway through the 1970 season he tended to live under the shadow of his brother for a time.

Things changed in 1973 when Nankervis was transformed by coach Graham Farmer from a half forward/half back flanker into an on-baller. Determined, tenacious and persistent, Nankervis developed into a highly effective nullifier of opposing teams' star players. He won back to back best and fairest awards in 1973-4 and was club captain for two years from 1976. He also broke into the VFL representative team, and went on to make a total of 12 appearances, exactly the same number as brother Ian. He retired at the end of the 1983 season after 253 VFL games.

Author - John Devaney


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