AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL'S FORGOTTEN PAST
Hard Ball Get aims to provide the history and statistics you won't find anywhere else – complete, correct and all in one place – so we have a reference point to work from as we look to the future. Our specific focus points are interstate and representative football, state leagues, neglected VFL/AFL history, and mythbusting.
All of this matters because the focus in Australian football, understandably, is on today and tomorrow. Players, coaches, recruiters – none of them can rest on what they have achieved in the past; one eye is always on the future. Unfortunately, this obsession with new action has meant that many significant achievements in Australian football have been recorded inaccurately or completely overlooked. Mistakes went unchecked; memories and vague recollections were allowed to become historical facts.
As a result, much of the information found today in print and online is fragmented, twisted or missing key details to the point where anyone seeking a complete picture of what happened over the past 160-plus years is often left with a jigsaw that seemingly cannot be solved. John Devaney's former website Full Points Footy (now mostly absorbed into AustralianFootball.com) made massive in-roads into righting this wrong; we at Hard Ball Get aim to continue that great work.
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25 May 2019: Inter-club Awards updated (Marn Grook Trophy, Goodes-O'Loughlin Medal + Yiooken Award)
18 May 2019: Stage 1 of site redesign implemented (AFL GF Sprint & Inter-club Awards pages revamped)
11 May 2019: Inter-club Awards updated (Richard Pratt Medal + Showdown Medal)
5 May 2019: Inter-club Awards updated (Tom Wills Award)
28 April 2019: Inter-club Awards updated (Anzac Day Medal, Alec Campbell Cup, Brett Kirk Medal, David Parkin Medal, Peter Badcoe VC Medal)