Go ON Max Gawn

Off the Top of My Head

By Paul Murray

As captain of the All Australian Football team and Melbourne Football Club, one of the teams competing for this year’s AFL Grand Final, Big Maxie Gawn is having his best year EVER!.

Max Gawn Leads the Demons into Battle  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/AFL Photos/via Getty Images).

Born in Australia to West Coasters from Greymouth, Max spent some of his childhood in Greymouth and at now 6’10” (208 cm) and 108 kgs (about 17 stone), had he stayed on the West Coast of the South Island, his now red and blue #11 guernsey would likely be All Black number 4 or 5.

In AFL, being selected for the All-Australian team is a high accolade and Max Gawn was made captain of the team this year after previously being selected four times. All-Australian captain is the gold medal of AFL and is secondary only to the Brownlow Medal for the fairest and best player of the year.

2021 All-Australian Football Team Captain Max Gawn (centre) Flanked by Fellow Demon Guns Mid-fielders Christian Petracca (left) and Clayton Oliver.

Gawn was working as a pizza chef for Dominos when selected by the Melbourne Football Club as pick #34 in the 2009 draft. He became a stalwart of the team and now its ultimate leader becoming captain in 2020. This year, BIG Maxie has led his team to the Grand Final for the first time since 2000 with a spectacular individual performance in the preliminary final against Geelong kicking five goals. The club hasn’t won the premiership for 57 years.

Pizza Chef Max Gawn Celebrates his Selection for the Melbourne Football Club with his Kiwi Parents.

Ironically, due to COVID lockdown and quarantine restrictions, the AFL Grand Final will be played in Perth, Western Australia and not Melbourne’s home ground the MCG, so many Demon’s fans will not be able to travel to WA to support their team against another Melbourne-based team, the Western Bulldogs.

Melbourne fans have had a long wait for their team to take home the ultimate prize of the premiership cup, maybe this is the year for the Demons to rise under the leadership of Gawn and bring the flag home to Melbourne this weekend (COVID travel restrictions permitting!)

Long-Suffering Melbourne Fan Anticipating a Flag

AFL Premiership Winners

YearPremiership teamRunner-up
2020RichmondGeelong
2019RichmondGWS Giants
2018West CoastCollingwood
2017RichmondAdelaide
2016Western BulldogsSydney Swans
2015HawthornWest Coast
2014HawthornSydney Swans
2013HawthornFremantle Dockers
2012Sydney SwansHawthorn
2011GeelongCollingwood
2010CollingwoodSt Kilda
2009GeelongSt Kilda
2008HawthornGeelong
2007GeelongPort Adelaide
2006West CoastSydney Swans
2005Sydney SwansWest Coast
2004Port AdelaideBrisbane Lions
2003Brisbane LionsCollingwood
2002Brisbane LionsCollingwood
2001Brisbane LionsEssendon
2000EssendonMelbourne
1999North MelbourneCarlton
1998AdelaideNorth Melbourne
1997AdelaideSt Kilda
1996North MelbourneSydney Swans
1995CarltonGeelong
1994West CoastGeelong
1993EssendonCarlton
1992West CoastGeelong
1991HawthornWest Coast
1990CollingwoodEssendon
1989HawthornGeelong
1988HawthornMelbourne
1987CarltonHawthorn
1986HawthornCarlton
1985EssendonHawthorn
1984EssendonHawthorn
1983HawthornEssendon
1982CarltonRichmond
1981CarltonCollingwood
1980RichmondCollingwood
1979CarltonCollingwood
1978HawthornNorth Melbourne
1977North MelbourneCollingwood
1976HawthornNorth Melbourne
1975North MelbourneHawthorn
1974RichmondNorth Melbourne
1973RichmondCarlton
1972CarltonRichmond
1971HawthornSt Kilda
1970CarltonCollingwood
1969RichmondCarlton
1968CarltonEssendon
1967RichmondGeelong
1966St KildaCollingwood
1965EssendonSt Kilda
1964MelbourneCollingwood
1963GeelongHawthorn
1962EssendonCarlton
1961HawthornFootscray
1960MelbourneCollingwood
1959MelbourneEssendon
1958CollingwoodMelbourne
1957MelbourneEssendon
1956MelbourneCollingwood
1955MelbourneCollingwood
1954FootscrayMelbourne
1953CollingwoodGeelong
1952GeelongCollingwood
1951GeelongEssendon
1950EssendonNorth Melbourne
1949EssendonCarlton
1948MelbourneEssendon
1947CarltonEssendon
1946EssendonMelbourne
1945CarltonSouth Melbourne
1944FitzroyRichmond
1943RichmondEssendon
1942EssendonRichmond
1941MelbourneEssendon
1940MelbourneRichmond
1939MelbourneCollingwood
1938CarltonCollingwood
1937GeelongCollingwood
1936CollingwoodSouth Melbourne
1935CollingwoodSouth Melbourne
1934RichmondSouth Melbourne
1933South MelbourneRichmond
1932RichmondCarlton
1931GeelongRichmond
1930CollingwoodGeelong
1929CollingwoodRichmond
1928CollingwoodRichmond
1927CollingwoodRichmond
1926MelbourneCollingwood
1925GeelongCollingwood
1924EssendonRichmond
1923EssendonFitzroy
1922FitzroyCollingwood
1921RichmondCarlton
1920RichmondCollingwood
1919CollingwoodRichmond
1918South MelbourneCollingwood
1917CollingwoodFitzroy
1916FitzroyCarlton
1915CarltonCollingwood
1914CarltonSouth Melbourne
1913FitzroySt Kilda
1912EssendonSouth Melbourne
1911EssendonCollingwood
1910CollingwoodCarlton
1909South MelbourneCarlton
1908CarltonEssendon
1907CarltonSouth Melbourne
1906CarltonFitzroy
1905FitzroyCollingwood
1904FitzroyCarlton
1903CollingwoodFitzroy
1902CollingwoodEssendon
1901EssendonCollingwood
1900MelbourneFitzroy
1899FitzroySouth Melbourne
1898FitzroyEssendon
1897EssendonGeelong

About LivinginPeaceProject

Paul Murray is the founder of the LivinginPeace Project. www.livinginpeace.com Paul originally from Australia, but have been living in New Zealand for 14 years. Before that he was in Japan for a decade working as a journalist. He met his wife Sanae in Japan and they married in 2008.
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