Full Name: DEREK PEARDON
Date of Birth: 24/09/1950
Height: 183 cm ( 6-0 )
Weight: 87 kg ( 13-10 )
Debut: 31/08/1968, Round 20, Melbourne
Last Game: 17/07/1971, Round 16, Footscray
Total Games: 20
Total Goals: 1
Total Games: 39
Total Goals: 8
Honours: Premiership 1971.
Derek played mainly as a wingman and half-back-flanker. He was a pacy player who also had success as a professional runner, winning the Maryborough Gift once. He played his junior football in Tasmania where he first came under notice when he was selected in the 1965 All-Australian Schoolboys team. He was recruited by Richmond the following season and started in the Fourths. He was a member of the Under/19’s 1967 Premiership team before making his senior debut in 1968. Cartilage and back injuries prevented him from playing more senior games with Richmond. The first Aboriginal to play for Richmond, he had all the skills of a natural before hurting his back.
He was a member of Richmond’s Reserves’ 1971 Premiership side, before leaving the club at the end of that season. He returned to Tasmania in 1972 and quickly became an outstanding player in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association, winning the competition Best and Fairest award in 1973. He played with City South for six seasons winning two club Best and Fairest awards and playing in two Premiership sides, as well as representing Tasmania twice. A panel beater, he now lives in St.Mary’s, Tasmania.
King Meadows High School Tasmania 1965 ( Honours - Schoolboy Champion ).
City South 1972-76, 1978, Games 92, Goals 105 ( Honours - Premiership 1972, 1974, Club Best & Fairest 1972-73, NTFA Competition Best & Fairest " Hec Smith Medal " 1973, League Representative Team Games 9 Goals 5, Tasmanian Representative Team Games 2 Goals 1 ) ; North Hobart 1977, Games 6, Goals 2.