HOLDING THE LINE
Bourke, Barrot, Clay set the mark
AS much as Bourke-Barrot-Clay remains the magical line of football, statistically they fall well short of Hawthorn’s Scott-Tuck-Matthews trifecta. Surprisingly, Richmond centremen
FRANCIS BOURKE, BILL BARROT and DICK CLAY only lined up 29 times together, a long way short of DON
SCOTT, MICHAEL TUCK and LEIGH MATTHEWS from 1975-81. For this year’s Grand Final edition of the AFL Record, ASHLEY BROWNE speaks to Scott, Tuck and Matthews about their time together in an era that produced the 1976 and 1978 VFL premierships, a time when there was little planning in the way of strategies, according to Matthews.
“We joked the other day when we caught up for the AFL Record picture about how little pre-planning we did,” he said.
“In fact we did none other than looking at the team board where Scotty was the ruckman, Tucky was the ruck rover and I was the rover. We just went and played because that’s the way footy was played.
“I used to mainly stand behind ‘Scotty’ so I wasn’t part of his hit zone, although he was more about hitting the ball forward rather than a palmer like
JOHN NICHOLLS or ‘POLLY’ FARMER. “By 1978, TERRY WALLACE, who was a very good player, had come into that group as centreman.” The Scott-Tuck-Matthews line prompted the question as to what other great lines we’ve seen since Bourke-Barrot-Clay came together in 1967.
MATTHEWS SCOTT, TUCK & MATTHEWS JAKOVICH