VFL 1979: Barker Takes Flight at Windy Hill

Trevor Barker’s high flying mark, against Essendon in Round Three 1979, was good enough to have Doug Heywood struggling to find the right words to describe it. “Unbelievable climb,” was what he settled on to describe the spectacular effort over Essendon’s Denis Scanlon.

Barker would be the Saints leading possession winner, finishing the day with 24 touches, but it would not be enough to help his team over the line for a win. Unfortunately, a future St Kilda Coach would play a starring role for the Bombers in their victory. A 17-year-old Tim Watson kicking seven goals in his side’s big win.

Barks did ‘win’ deserved high praise from Heywood, the former Demon who was commentating the game though. “There is no doubt about this slight, slim, Trevor Barker. He is one of the most sensational marks that League Football has seen in the past 20 years,” he declared.

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