Barry Round, height of 6′ 4″ and weighed in at 108 kg.
Barry Round was the “Lion-hearted big man who represented Footscray and Sydney with distinction”. Barry Round was one of the greatest Australian Rule football player the world has ever seen.
“Lion-hearted big man who represented Footscray and Sydney with distinction”. That is the citation, which will allow anyone to identify Barry Round in Australian Football Hall of Fame.
Barry Round was one of the greatest Australian Rule football player the world has ever seen. Born on January 26, 1950, Barry made it to the Australian Football Hall of Fame because of his extraordinary talents on field. He played as a ruckman.
Barry Round was introduced into VFL in 1968 under the flag of Footscray football club. He however made his VFL debut the next year against Fitzroy at Princes Park. That was the beginning of an era that will be remembered as the golden age of football. For Footscray he played 135 games out of which he scored 136 goals.
1976-1985: South Melbourne/Sydney
In 1976, Barry Round moved to South Melbourne team where he played a total of 193 games and kicked 157 goals. Most of his achievements came during his career with Sydney.
Post Retirement Career
Barry Round retired from VFL in 1985 after playing a total of 328 games for Footscray and Sydney. He is one among the very few players who have achieved this incredible feat. After retirement, he played for Williamstown club from 1986 to 1990 in Victorian Football Association (VFA).
VFA is Victoria’s second highest level of football. He did not only play for Williamstown but also coached the team. In 1986 and 1990, he was a part of the premiership teams for Williamstown.
Barry Round was not much into media. The only known media appearance of Barry Round was in 2005 when he appeared on the singing competition known as “Screamers” hosted by The AFL Footy Show.
Awards And Achievements
As said, most of the awards and achievements of Barry Round came after he started playing for South Melbourne. Years 1976 to 1985 marked the golden phase of his life. Here is a quick list of the awards and achievements of Barry Round:
• 1981: Barry Round won the Brownlow Medal.
• 1979 and 1981: He won the Best and Fairest award for South Melbourne.
• 1980 to 1984: Barry Round captained the South Melbourne team.
Post Career Achievements:
• 1987: Best and Fairest award for Victorian Football Association or VFA.
• 1987: Won the J. J. Liston Trophy.
• 2001: Inducted into Australian Football Hall of Fame.
• 2003: Member of Team of the Century for Sydney.
Not much is known about Barry Round’s personal life. The only thing that is known is that Barry Round’s son named David Round played for Williamstown club and that David won the Best and Fairest award of the club in year 1999.
Yes, the lack of information about Barry Round’s personal life is not really pleasing but again everyone has the right to privacy. Whether Barry Round’s personal life was great or good or bad is really not important for his fans. What really matters is that Barry Round was a player whose name will be remembered with honour for as long as VFL/AFL will continue to exist.