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Key Facts

Full name
Harold Hardiman

Known as
Peter Hardiman

Born
20 February 1905

Died
8 November 1971 (aged 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 139d
Last game: 33y 69d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 27

Family links
Jack Hardiman (Father)Les Hardiman (Brother)

Peter Hardiman

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1927-1938160450.2858%12.252.941
Total1927-1938160450.2858%12.252.941

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,337th player to appear, 1,090th most games played, 2,166th most goals kickedGeelong: 331st player to appear, 73rd most games played, 176th most goals kicked

Despite not taking up football until his late teens, Harold Hardiman, who while with Geelong always went by the nickname 'Peter' to avoid confusion with teammate Harold Craven, developed into a highly skilled follower. A member of Geelong Grand Final-winning teams in 1931 and 1937, he was one of the best players afield in the former match. Recruited from Chilwell, Hardiman made his Geelong debut in 1927, two years before his younger brother Les arrived at the club, and went on to give the Cats 12 years of sterling service over 160 games. His selfless style was such that he seldom attracted plaudits in the way of media accolades or Brownlow votes, but he was held in great esteem by everyone at Geelong because of his wholehearted and energetic devotion to the team cause.

Hardiman, who was one of the last regular exponents of the place kick to play for the Cats, was selected to represent the VFL in 1931.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.