Roy Park (sportsman)

Roy Park (Sportsman)

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Dr Roy Lindsay Park (30 July 1892, Charlton, Victoria – 23 January 1947, Middle Park, Victoria) was an all-round athlete and doctor. He played cricket for Australia and also Australian rules football in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He was educated at Wesley College, Melbourne. Park also served in the Australian Imperial Force in World War I.

Football career

Park started his career as a goal-kicking machine for University when the years were too late for a revival. He made his debut in 1912 and had an immediate impact, winning the leading goalkicker award for the side, but it was the next season where he stood up, kicking 53 goals, and beaten by Fitzroy's Jimmy Freake who in the finals overtook Park as the VFL's Leading Goalkicker, only because University came last, and not to play in the finals. He had studying commitments in 1914, leaving him to play few games, but still managed to kick 36 goals for the season that was University's last in the competition.

In 1915 he went to play with Melbourne, where he kicked 35 goals in 13 games, but he was suspended for four matches for striking, despite three witnesses coming forward to say that Park had not hit the player at all. Park refused to play football again after his suspension, ending his career with 146 goals in 57 matches.

World War I

Being a professional doctor, Park enrolled in the Australian Army Medical Corps of the Australian Imperial Force...
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