BRUCE DOULL was recruited from Jacana Football Club ( Victoria) and played 356 Games, kicking 22 Goals for the Carlton Blues from 1969 to 1986. He is generally regarded as one of the most popular Australian Football Players to ever represent the Navy Blues and his Hall of Fame Card, together with a number of his Scanlens Cards and those of many of his team-mates are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Doull maintained a flowing, untidy hairstyle and is remembered for his greying beard in the latter years of his career. He had a very smooth and efficient running style, showed great athleticism and agility and was rarely beaten by an opponent. Doull made his name as a dour and reliable half-back flanker, however was often called upon to man up on the opposition Club’s best attacking player, which required roles at Centre Half Back or Full Back. Despite being out-sized in these key positions, Doull won the majority of contests and always played his heart out for the Carlton Blues.
Bruce Doull was naturally shy and reserved, did not give media interviews during his career and always let his on-field performances speak for themselves. He was one of the Fairest players to have ever graced a VFL/AFL playing field, having never been reported by an Umpire for any misdemeanour in his lengthy career, which stretched over 18 Seasons. Doull was a strong mark for his size, a gifted and precise disposer of the ball by hand or foot, on either side of his body, was always present in support of team-mates and was rarely seen to make a mistake. Regular selection in Victorian State of Origin representative teams were an indication of the esteem in which his performances were held.
Despite his introverted demeanour and unfussed on-field presence, Bruce Doull was extremely highly regarded by all Australian Football followers and the following Career Highlights firmly establish his nomination as one of the 25 greatest Australian Footballers to have never won the Brownlow Medal. When you consider the strong numbers of elite footballers at the Blues during Doull’s Career, his victories in the Carlton Best and Fairest Player Awards in 1974, 1977, 1980 and 1984 illustrate the quality and dominance of his play. Doull was a significant contributor to Carlton’s Premiership-winning Teams of 1972, 1979, 1981 and 1982, this fact being highlighted with his winning of the 1981 Norm Smith Medal as Best Player in the Grand Final.
Bruce Doull was honoured as an inaugural inductee to the Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 1996 and was selected as a Half Back Flanker in both the Carlton and AFL Teams of the Century. His career was extraordinary, and true to his nature, it appears that once his playing career was done, Bruce Doull walked off into the sunset to further enjoy the peace and tranquility that befits a Legend of Australian Football.
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