George Challis (Australian rules footballer)

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George Challis
Personal information
Full name George David Challis
Date of birth 9 February 1891
Place of birth Cleveland, Tasmania
Date of death 15 July 1916(1916-07-15) (aged 25)
Place of death Armentières, France
Original team(s) Launceston
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Position(s) Wingman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1912–15 Carlton 70 (16)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1915.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

George David Challis (9 February 1891 – 15 July 1916) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the early 1910s.

Challis was a Tasmanian and started his career at Launceston, where he was a premiership player in 1909 and regular NTFA representative at the State Championships. He also represented Tasmania at the 1911 Adelaide Carnival, participating in their famous win over Western Australia. During this time he played mainly as a half forward or rover but when he was lured to Carlton in 1912 he soon established himself as a wingman. It was in that position that he starred in Carlton's 1915 premiership team.

He almost missed out on the chance to win a premiership as he had attempted to join the army at the beginning of the season, only to be refused because his toes overlapped. A teacher by profession, he was eventually signed up and served with the 58th Infantry Battalion on the Western Front. Challis, by then a Sergeant, was killed in action when a heavy-calibre German artillery shell dropped into his trench in Armentières, France.

See also

References

  • George Challis's playing statistics from AFL Tables
  • Blueseum: George Challis
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
  • McMullin, R., "Bluebloods Through the Ages", The Age, 24 August 2012.
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