Full Name: GEORGE RUDOLPH
Date of Birth: 29/04/1901
Height: 185 cm ( 6-1 )
Weight: 92 kg ( 14-7 )
Debut: 27/05/1922, Round 4, Geelong
Last Game: 29/09/1928, Round GF, Collingwood
Seasons: 1922, 1924-28
Total Games: 80
Total Goals: 61
Honours: Victorian Representative Team Games 5 Goals 5.
George was a highly talented, but temperamental big man who played centre-half-fowrard or centre-half-back as the need arose. He also played in the ruck at various times during his career and had a superb physique and big feet to match. A magnificent high mark, he was also very skilful and played the game very hard. He originally played his early football in the eastern suburbs before joining VFA team Hawthorn. He spent two seasons at Hawthorn before crossing to Richmond for a short period in 1922. He left Richmond during that season and went to play in the country for the remainder of 1922 and 1923. He rejoined Richmond in 1924 and immediately established himself in the senior side. He went on to represent Victoria five times and was a member of Richmond’s 1927 and 1928 Grand Final teams. He was voted Richmond’s best player in the 1924 semi-final against Fitzroy.
George was Jack Dyer’s boyhood idol. He crossed to Oakleigh at the height of his career and spent four seasons there being a member of their 1930 and 1931 Premiership teams. He then moved to Coburg as playing-coach in 1933 and 1934. A fiery player, he came under the notice of umpires on several occasions receiving a total of 61 weeks in suspensions, during his career. He was reported during the 1934 VFA Grand Final and suspended for 1935 and part of 1936 as a result of a kicking charge. He fought the suspension and the sentence was later reduced. As a player, some old-time scribes likened him to a cross between David Rhys-Jones and Dermott Brereton.
George was also a fine fast bowler who played District Cricket with the Fitzroy Senior XI between 1932 and 1936. He scored 21 runs with a highest score of 12 and took 6 wickets. He later moved to Tasmania and played with Newtown for three years before retiring in 1939. He lived in Tasmania until his death in 1967.
Camberwell Districts 1917 ; East Burwood 1918-19, Hawthorn VFA 1920-21.
St James 1922 ; Lang Lang 1923 ; Oakleigh 1929-32, Games 71, Goals 9 ( Honours - Premiership 1930-31 ) ; Coburg Captain/Coach 1933-34, Games 36, Goals 5 ; Newtown 1936-37, 1939, Games 31, Goals 6 ( Honours - Captain/Coach 1936, League Representative Team Games 1 ).