Bill Mohr

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Bill Mohr
Bill Mohr.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth29 June 1909
Place of birthWagga Wagga, New South Wales
Date of death29 March 1971
Original teamWagga Wagga
Height/Weight1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in) / 80.5 kg
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1929–1941St Kilda195 (735)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1941 season.
Career highlights


AFL

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Bill Mohr
Bill Mohr.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth29 June 1909
Place of birthWagga Wagga, New South Wales
Date of death29 March 1971
Original teamWagga Wagga
Height/Weight1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in) / 80.5 kg
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1929–1941St Kilda195 (735)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1941 season.
Career highlights


AFL

St Kilda Football Club

Wilbur T. "Bill" Mohr (29 June 1909 – 29 March 1971) was an Australian rules footballer who represented St Kilda in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1930s.

Career[edit]

Playing as a half back flanker initially, Mohr later became one of the league's greatest full forwards; he kicked 101 goals in 1936 (the first St Kilda player to kick more than 100 goals in a season) and was the VFL Leading Goalkicker in that year.

Mohr possessed an ability to kick straight from any angle, and was one of the best exponents of the drop kick. He was appointed captain of St. Kilda in 1937, and was the club's leading goalkicker in every season from 1929 to 1940. It was announced that at the start of his final season - 1941 - he would play in defence.[1] But in May that year, after having only played one game for the season, Mohr announced his retirement, saying that he felt he could not reach form and that it was also time to make way for a younger player.[2]

In 1947, Essendon champion Dick Reynolds, in an article for the now defunct Melbourne newspaper The Argus, wrote about Mohr that:

[He] was handicapped because he played with a team that had few successes. He was a clever position player, grand trier, and a remarkably straight kick.[3]

In 1955, in an interview with The Argus, former South Melbourne champion Laurie Nash echoed similar sentiments about Mohr:

Bill Mohr was hampered by playing with a comparatively weak St. Kilda combination. In a stronger team he might easily have qualified for a higher place in full forward rankings. An extremely heady player, he was an accurate kick and dependable mark.[4]

Posthumous honours[edit]

Mohr was one of the first players inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996.[5]

In St. Kilda's Team of the Century, he was named on the half-forward flank to accommodate Tony Lockett at full-forward.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Around the Clubs.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 7 April 1941. p. 9. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "TEAM CHANGES.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 2 May 1941. p. 10. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bob Pratt (S M) was best full forward of my time.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 10 July 1947. p. 11. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "PRATT-Best ever.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 30 April 1955. p. 11. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  5. ^ AFL Hall of Fame Players
  6. ^ St Kilda Team of the Century

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Harry Neill
St Kilda Best and Fairest winner
1932
Succeeded by
Harold Comte
Preceded by
Jack Davis
St Kilda Best and Fairest winner
1936
Succeeded by
Jack Davis
Preceded by
Jack Perkins
St Kilda captain
1937
Succeeded by
Ansell Clarke