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A contemporary of Cananore legend Horrie Gorringe, North Hobart’s Hector Brooks was a similarly intuitive, clever and accomplished rover who won his club’s most consistent player award on seven consecutive occasions during the 1920s. He was often at his best in representative matches, and his combination with Gorringe in intrastate fixtures made the TFL well nigh invincible. He also performed creditably for Tasmania at both the 1924 Hobart and 1927 Melbourne carnivals. In 1928, Brooks journeyed north to play for Launceston-based club City under the coaching of Roy Cazaly. City went on to win that year’s local and state premierships. Returning to Hobart in 1929, Brooks rounded off his senior football career with a couple of seasons at New Town.
In August 2000, Hector Brooks was included in the official North Hobart ‘Team of the Twentieth Century’.
Author - John Devaney