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Ken Fraser - two-time Essendon premiership player and Australian Football Hall of Fame

A brilliant mark and the captain of Essendon's 1965 premiership side.  This is what Lou Richard once said about Ken:

A perennial State representative, he has a rare knack of breaking away and leading out to the flanks.  Amazingly agile for a big man - he twists and turns like a rover.

Ken Fraser is remembered for his dominant first half in the game against Meath, which resulted in countless shots at goal. If only he had kicked straighter! Ken Fraser himself remembers the Galahs trip for a personal highlight. He reaquainted with the captain of the Australian hockey team, Shirley Johnson, and she came to the game at Crystal Palace. By the end of 1968, they were married!

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Hassa Mann - Three-time premiership player and champion in Melbourne's golden era.  Hassa Mann was named on the half-forward flank in Melbourne's Team of the Century.  He was equal runner-up for the Brownlow Medal in 1964.

He performed brilliantly at Croke Park in Dublin and the Gaelic Grounds in The Bronx.  At the latter venue, he was whacked from behind, breaking his jaw in three places.  Welcome to Gaelic Football in The Bronx!   

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Australian Football Hall of Fame Legend; three Brownlow Medals; and a loyal son of the South Melbourne Football Club.  Bob Skilton was a star of the VFL who scored the Galahs' first goal against Meath.

Bob Skilton ranks the game against Meath, representing an Australian team, as one of his best football experiences.  

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Hawthorn's premiership rover in 1961.  A superb athlete, he is one of the select band to represent Victoria in football and cricket (others include Keith Miller, Laurie Nash and Des Fothergill).  

On visit to London, Ian saw a game of Gaelic Football on television.  He  thought that VFL players might be able to take on that game; and he wrote a letter to Brian Dixon floating the idea of an international competition based on Gaelic football.  The International Rules Series owes a great deal to the imagination and foresight of Ian Law.

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Laurie Dwyer joined North Melbourne Football Club in 1954.  As a former Victorian Amateur ballroom dancing champion, Lou Richards gave him a nickname that stuck: "Twinkle Toes".  

Laurie Dwyer was the runner-up for the Brownlow Medal in 1961 and 1967.  He rates the Galahs tour as one of his best football experiences - particularly roving to John Nicholls!  He remembers fondly the sense of adventure and camaraderie on the tour. 

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John Nicholls is an Australian Football Hall of Fame Legend.  He was always one of the first men picked in any Big V side; and he was a superb ruckman.

"Big Nick" dominated the aerial contests against Meath at Croke park.  He impressed his opponents and the Irish crowd with skill and sheer power.  One of the Meath stars, Mattie Kerrigan, still remembers the athleticism and skill of "Big Nick".  

But he may have started the blue in New York, actually.

 Laurie Dwyer - commenting on "Bick Nick's" between the Galahs and the New York All-Stars.

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Don Williams was one of the champions - on the half-back flank - of the greatest Melbourne sides of the 1950s.  After a stint playing in Perth, he rejoined the Demons.  He was a dashing, attacking half-back flanker with a beautifully accurate drop kick.  

He was the Galah's goalkeeper.  He performed superbly in each of the tour games, and he drew praise from English soccer scouts attending the game at Crystal palace.

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Norm Brown was named on the forward line in the Fitzroy Team of the Century.  He represented the Big V on eight occasions.

On the Galahs tour, he shared the ruck duties with "Big Nick".  He impressed the Irish crowds with his athletic performances.

Norm Brown enjoyed the tour:

I'd been on footy trips to Surfers and other places.  But to go on a trip to Ireland and America - it was unbelievable.
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Pat Guinane was Richmond's leading goal kicker in 1966 and 1968.  He was a member of Richmond's drought-breaking premiership team in 1967, playing alongside legends such as Roger Dean, Bill Barrot, Royce Hart and Kevin Bartlett.  

Guinane was a crowd favourite in Ireland; he lined up against Mattie Kerrigan, a Meath legend, in the game at Croke park. 

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Barry Davis is a triple premiership player - two flags with Essendon and one flag with North Melbourne.  He was equal runner-up for the Brownlow Medal in 1969.

Davis played two games at Croke Park on the 1967 world tour.  On the strength of his performances, some Irish journalists described him as the pick of all Full Backs to have played at Croke Park that year.  He thrilled the crowds with his overhead marking and long, accurate kicking.  He worked superbly with Don Williams in the Galahs' backline.