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Don Holmes
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DOB
1/5/1959
Height
180cm
Weight
77 kg
Junior club
Arrived
Foundation signing in 1986
Number
Debut
Round 1 1987 vs Richmond
(7th Eagles player)
Games
23
Goals
40
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
Last app.
Round 22 1989 vs Collingwood
Departed
Retired at the end of the 1989 season
Other clubs
Swan Districts (WAFL) 1978-1990
A Swan Districts champion, Don Holmes was getting towards the end of his career when the VFL came to Western Australia.

West Coast careerEdit

Playing in a distinctive helmet, Holmes was a specialist small forward who had won back-to-back-to-back flags with the Black Ducks in 1982, ’83 and ’84. He played in the first-ever game against Richmond (kicking 2 goals) and played a total of 13 games for the season. Despite only playing a little over half the season, Holmes’ tally of 29 goals was equal second at the club behind captain Ross Glendinning. It included a bag of 7 against the Bears late in the year, which was a club record at the time (although it was equalled by Chris Lewis two weeks later).

Unfortunately Holmes’ history of injuries had started to catch up with him. He played just 6 games for 6 goals in 1988, and 4 games for 5 goals in 1989 before announcing his retirement from VFL footy at the age of 30.

Post-VFL careerEdit

Holmes continued with the Swans for one more season, winning a fourth WAFL premiership in 1990 before calling an end to his illustrious career. He was named on the bench in Swan Districts’ Team of the 20th Century.

Holmes is the chairman of footwear manufacturer Steel Blue, which maintains Holmes’ lifelong link with Swans in its naming-rights sponsorship of Bassendean Oval.

StatsEdit

VFL Gm G B K M H D T WAFL Gm G
1987 13 29 13 130 42 70 200 15 SD 5 4
1988 6 6 7 49 20 35 84 5 10 21
1989 4 5 3 38 11 13 51 7 7 13
Tot 23 40 23 217 73 118 335 27
Avg 1.7 9.4 3.2 5.1 14.6 1.2

LinksEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/D/Don_Holmes.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Holmes

http://waflfootyfacts.net/player/stats.php?PlayerID=2987