VFL / AFL Players Recruited from Boronia

Brendan Mutimer

North Melbourne 1984, 7 Games, 3 Goals

 Born 1963, 182cm, 75kg.  Recruited from Boronia.

North Melbourne 1984 to 1988, 42 Games, 1 Goal.

Born 1964, 187cm, 80 kg.  Recruited from Boronia.

Peter Brown

St Kilda 1985, 5 Games, 2 goals

 Born 1963.  Recruited from Boronia.

Matthew Larkin

North Melbourne 1984 to 1993, 172 games, 143 goals.

Born 1964, 180cm, 90 kg.  Recruited from Boronia.

A strongly built ‘close to the ground’ footballer with great ball winning skills. He played his junior football at St Josephs and Boronia before coming through North Melbourne’s under 19’s. In only his second year he ran fourth in the Brownlow and won North Melbourne’s Best & Fairest award. He was troubled by back injury in 1986, but still made the state team for the first time. He brought his tally of best & Fairests to three with wins in 1987 and 1988 and was appointed North Melbourne’s Captain from 1990-92.

Dave Ritchie

Hawthorn 1958 to 1959, 11 Games, 2 Goals

Born 1935, 188 cm, 80kg.  Recruited from Boronia.

 Dave Ritchie is 3rd from right in the top row and Maurie Young is 2nd from right and Gary Young is 1st on the right.

Russell Cromarty

Fitzroy 1965 to 1967, 18 Games, 25 Goals

Born 1947, 183cm, 76 kg.  Recruited from Boronia.

Maurie Young

Hawthorn 1956 to 1960, 71 Games, 60 Goals

Born 1937, 188 cm, 87 kg.  Recruited from Boronia.

A mobile, high flying red head from Boronia, who was a handy ruckman. His teaming with Kennedy was a key factor in the (Hawthorn) Hawks making the finals in 1957 for the first time.


Gary Young

Hawthorn 1956 to 65, 108 games, 168 Goals

Born 1939, 183 cm. 84 kg.  Recruited from Boronia.

A fine key forward in a low scoring era, red headed Young topped Hawthorns goal kicking in 1959 and 1960. His wobbly kicking caused some worries and frequently undid his other good work. He played in the (Hawthorn) Hawk’s first Premiership side in 1961 at centre half forward and had an excellent season with a big finals series. He also played in the losing Grand Final side of 1963. Young’s career ended when an Essendon player crashed into him and he had to be operated on for peritonitis and a perforated bowl. When the incident happened, Graham Arthur said, “get up you weak bastard”, and Young battled on for another quarter before leaving the field.