GARRY LYON was recruited from Kyabram (Victoria ) by the Melbourne Demons in 1986, going on to play 226 Games, kicking 426 Goals, until injuries caused a premature end to his playing career, mid way through the 1999 Season. Lyon is acknowledged as one of the Demons greatest Australian Football Players , and many of his career football cards, together with those of his team-mates are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Lyon quickly established himself as a quality key forward whose clean ball-winning ability, poise under pressure and precise accurate kicking provided Melbourne with a formidable target in attack. He was a powerful contested mark, had surprising speed off the mark, was excellent at ground level, and his under-estimated strength and agility were potent weapons that often left defenders floundering in despair. It is unfortunate that Australian Football followers were denied the ultimate of Lyon’s potential due to a chronic back injury and pelvic injuries suffered in the early 1990’s. There is no doubt that a fully physically fit Lyon would have been lauded as one of the all-time greats of AFL Football.
Garry Lyon was a Melbourne Demons match-winner, who continuously stood up in crucial parts of games, in the very difficult Centre Half Forward position, and the fearless manner in which he attacked every contest, contributed to his injury-plagued career. He had played in the losing 1988 Grand Final team before consolidating his reputation as one of the most dominant players in the Australian Football League, particularly in the period from 1990 to 1995. At his best, Lyon was unstoppable and could turn the result of a match in one blistering quarter, with his Demons team-mates walking taller with every Lyon possession.
Garry Lyon accumulated a number of personal achievements and Honours during his playing career, which included:- Melbourne Demons Best and Fairest Player Awards ( Keith “Bluey” Truscott Medal ) in 1990 and 1994, Club Leading Goalkicker in 1994 and 1995, Melbourne Club Captain from 1991 to 1997, Victorian Representative on 9 occasions, and selected as an All Australian in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
Lyon had some involvement with the Sporting Media late in his playing career, and was keenly pursued to become more heavily committed, once his on-field exploits were at an end. He quickly built a solid reputation as an Australian Football commentator on Melbourne radio, and despite a number of moves to various stations, he is still highly regarded for his special comments, to this day. A few guest appearances on the Channel Nine Footy Show in the late 1990’s had endeared Lyon to the Australian Football public. It was no surprise when Lyon was selected to co-host the Footy Show with mate James Brayshaw, when Eddie McGuire was appointed CEO of Channel Nine in 2006. ( Lyon and Brayshaw had formed a cohesive relationship as co-hosts for the Sunday Footy Show from 2005).
Garry Lyon also finds time to contribute pro-active and thought-provoking articles in his role as an Australian Football columnist for the Melbourne Age Newspaper. His writings have also extended to co-authorship of the Childrens series of Australian Football Books known as “Specky Magee”. Lyon has a unique ability to combine serious discussion with appropriate humour and yet always appear to be in total control of all situations.
Garry Lyon has enjoyed a well-documented friendship with fellow Demons Champion Ex- Player, Irishman Jim Stynes, and it appears that the mantle of “Inspirational Leader” that fitted Lyon’s playing career, has been handballed to Stynes for his brave battle with cancer. The support and admiration that Lyon clearly displays for Stynes in these times of need, typifies contribution to the Team Welfare that has proven to be the Garry Lyon Hallmark.
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