GRAHAM MOSS was recruited by the Essendon Bombers from the Claremont Football Club ( Western Australia ), in 1973, when he was part of a Player swap, when bespectacled Essendon Forward, Geoff Blethyn was cleared to Claremont. The Bombers had been pursuing Moss for a number of years, and he justified their pursuit with outstanding performances in most of his 84 Games, kicking 67 Goals in the 1973 to 1976 Seasons. His aerial dominance in the 4 seasons at Essendon were rated as some of the most commanding Australian Football Player career performances in the Bombers history. Trading Cards for Moss and his team-mates are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Graham Moss was an extremely constructive footballer, who dictated play from centre bouncedowns or boundary throw-ins, and proceeded to take countless marks around the ground, many in contested situations. His high marking was a standout feature, which he invariably followed with a sharp, precise handball to the Bombers smaller brigade, to employ highly creative Team Plays. Moss could absolutely dominate opposition ruckmen, and played the game in a very fair manner, along the lines of his cohort, Simon Madden.
Moss collected an impressive array of individual awards during his career, which included 254 Games, kicking 271 Goals for the Claremont ( W.A. ) Club. These awards included:- Essendon Bombers Best and Fairest Player awards in 1974, 1975 and 1976, Essendon Club Captain in 1976, runner-up in the Brownlow Medal in his first Season 1973, Winner of the Brownlow Medal in 1976, Western Australian State Representation on 20 occasions, Victorian State Representation on 15 occasions, inaugural inductee to the Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 1996, inducted into the Western Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 2004, and elevated to Legend status in 2006.
Graham Moss suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in 1976, the year he captained the Bombers and won the Brownlow Medal. His decision to return to W.A as Playing Coach of the Claremont Club in 1977, was unpopular with Bombers Members and a great surprise to football followers in general, however, most were unaware that Moss had signed an agreement at his recruitment, to have an automatic clearance back to W.A at the time of his choice. Moss stamped his class and authority on Australian Football when he won the Simpson Medal as Best Player in the first ever State of Origin Game against the Victorian Team in 1977. He had a stellar career at Claremont, winning 4 Club Best and Fairest awards, Playing Coach from 1977-1983 and was the Premiership Playing Coach in 1981. On retirement as a player, Moss continued as Senior Coach at Claremont for Seasons 1984-1986. From 1995, the Best Player on the ground in Western Australian State of Origin matches has been awarded the “Graham Moss Medal”.
Moss has also been very successful in his professional career, and was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the West Australian Sports Centre Trust in 1986, a position he held until 2008. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Tourism W.A , and the leadership qualities he displayed on the Football Field have obviously stood him in good stead in the Commercial arena. Graham Moss is a household name in W.A, and has thoroughly deserved his status of “Legend”, and although he only graced the AFL/VFL venues for 4 short seasons , his high standards and exemplary behaviour are etched in Essendon Bombers folklore forever.
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