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Tony Modra

Games Played 118

Career 1992 - 1998

Debut 1992

Guernsey Number 6

Date of Birth 01/03/1969


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Biography

Tony Modra took the leap from South Australian country football to an extraordinary level of AFL fame within two spectacular seasons.

Reluctant to leave the country life to play for West Adelaide in the SANFL, Modra dominated Riverland football with Renmark before committing to the Bloods in 1991. He was picked up by Adelaide as a concession pick and in his first season booted 21 goals in eight games. Modra-mania exploded in 1993 when he kicked 10 goals against Richmond in the opening round, and that season he finished with 129 goals. Against Richmond he kicked a Club record 13.4. Pictured to the left is the ball with which Modra kicked his 100th goal in the 1993 season..

In 1996, Tony Modra was awarded the Fos Williams medal for being best-on-ground in a 126 to 91 victory over Western Australia.

Through to 1997 he was Adelaide’s leading goalkicker for five-straight seasons, and in 1997 claimed the AFL’s Coleman Medal (below) and a second All Australian selection.

 

 

 

 

 

Cruelly, Modra’s season ended early in the preliminary final when he severely injured his knee and missed the grand final win the following week. He made his comeback late in 1998 but was overlooked for most of the final series including the 1998 grand final, leading to his move to Fremantle. Modra’s 440 goals for Adelaide remained the club record until 2020 when exceeded by Taylor Walker. He did however retain the honour of being the only Adelaide player to kick over 100 goals in a season. A spectacular high flying forward Modra won the AFL’s “Mark of the Year” three times (once while playing with Fremantle) and goal of the year once. He played in South Australia’s State of Origin team from 1993 to 1997.

He was inducted into the Adelaide Football Club Hall of Fame in 2015

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
199268211141748241
199362312961240412811638
1994619703914631177853
1995616422910825133544
19966197532144131578712
19976258445181222039313
199868198461359263
Totals-118440225906152105853244

Awards

All Australian

All Australian

1993

Leading Goalkicker

Leading Goalkicker

1993-1997

All Australian

All Australian

1997

Coleman Medal

1997

AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000

2001

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

2008

AFC Hall of Fame

2015