Australia Day

26 January 2015

277 days to go

Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts was born in 1933, and, among other accomplishments is a former Australian rules footballer in the VFL. He played number 10 for St Kilda, and his long arms hauled down countless marks and started attacks from the backline. He established himself as a star in 1955 winning the club’s best and fairest and a place in the state team. He also finished third in the Brownlow and from that moment never looked back.

His blond hair good looks and perfect build made him a media favourite. Prior to the 1958 season he concentrated on running rather than swimming over the summer and he had a great season. Roberts was an inspiring leader deputising for the injured Brian Gleeson and won the Brownlow medal by 2 votes. He captained the side from 1959 to 1962 before retiring at 29 years of age and commencing a career in sports journalism. In 2003 he was inducted to the Saints inaugural Hall of Fame. Two years later he was awarded a life membership to the Australian Football Media Association.

His son, Michael Roberts also played for the Saints and is now a sports broadcaster.

Neil Roberts was officer in charge of Mawson base, Antarctica 1971–1973. For this he received the Polar Medal.

Neil is now retired and enjoys being an amateur artist, as well as farming.