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Place of birth  Skipton, Victoria
Original team(s)  Geelong College
Place of death  Geelong, Victoria
Name  Ted Greeves

Full name  Edward Goderich Greeves
Date of birth  (1878-12-16)16 December 1878
Date of death  11 August 1935(1935-08-11) (aged 56)

Edward Goderich "Ted" Greeves (16 December 1878 - 11 August 1935) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL).


Early years

Greeves, the son of Edward Goderich and Julia Anderson, was born in Skipton, Victoria on 16 December 1878.

He was a noted sportsman at Geelong College, which he joined in 1890, captain of the football team and winner of the College Cup in 1897.

VFL career

Greeves debuted for Geelong in the 1897 VFL finals series, a round-robin competition between the league's top four ranked sides. Geelong, which had lost their first fixture to Essendon, called up the 18-year-old Geelong College captain for their second game of the series, against Melbourne at Brunswick Street Oval. Playing as a backman, Greeves was reported to have done well in his role, with the Geelong side securing a nine-point win to remain in the race for the premiership. He kept his spot in the team for the third and final round of the series, in which Geelong defeated Collingwood at East Melbourne, a win that was only enough to secure the runners-up position for Geelong, as Essendon had remained unbeaten.

In the 1898 season, Greeves got his first opportunity in round five against Fitzroy and was described by the Geelong Advertiser as having played a "dashing game" as a rover, but he wouldn't reappear for two months. He played three games for Geelong late in the season, best on ground in a win over Melbourne, which he played as a centreman.

With his Geelong College commitments over, Greeves was a regular in the Geelong team in 1899, his final season. He made a total of 14 appearances, the last a record win over St Kilda, by 162 points to 1.

Later life

Greeves married Frances Adaline Nasmith on 28 January 1903, at Scots Church, Collins Street, Melbourne. The couple lived in Warragul.

Their eldest son, Edward Jr, was born later that year. He won the inaugural Brownlow Medal in 1924.

On 11 August, 1935, Greeves died in Geelong at the age of 56.


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