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Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 12:58 PM

South Fremantle Football Club is mourning the loss of Hall of Famer and Life Member, Tom Grljusich.

Taking up football only at 18 years of age in 1958 for Cockburn ex-Scholars, he won the Best & Fairest award in that first year and joined South Fremantle before the 1959 season.

Grljusich made his league debut in round one of the 1960 season alongside his brother George. In 1965 he joined South Australian team Central District. At Central he won the club fairest and best award in 1966.

He rejoined South Fremantle in 1968, playing until 1976. His 258 games for South Fremantle stood as the club's games played record for 27 years until it was exceeded by Marty Atkins in 2003 (266 games).

Across his 258 League games he would play in the 1970 Premiership, win two (2) Walker Medals (Best & Fairest), a leading Goal Kicker and represent WA on 3 occasions. 

Highly-decorated, he received South Fremantle Life Membership, Hall of Fame induction, Fremantle Legends Team honours, and enjoyed involvement with his beloved Bulldogs for a remarkable 65 years. 

The Grljusich name is synonymous with South Fremantle, and like his brother George, he will forever be remembered for his passion, love and dedication for the Red V.

All within the South Fremantle Football Club pass our condolences to the Grljusich family at this sad time. 

1960 – 1976 (South Fremantle 1960-64, 68-76, Central Districts 1965-67)

316 (South Fremantle 258, Central Districts 49, WA 3, SA 6)

205 (South Fremantle 126, Central Districts 77, WA 2)

South Fremantle Premiership Player 1970; Club Fairest and Best 1968, 1972 (South Fremantle), 1966 (Central Districts); Club leading goal kicker 1972 (South Fremantle) 1967 (Central Districts); South Fremantle games record holder 1976 – 2003; South Fremantle Life Member 1974

Tom Grljusich featured in the 'South Forevermore' series.
More about Tom and his achievements here.