Anthony ‘Tony’ Modra is a retired Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide and Fremantle Football clubs in the 90’s. What made Modra elite was his ability to take a spectacular mark. Modra had the physical strength and size to match the best opposition full-backs in the competition. His speed and ability to launch and take pack marks made him unstoppable. Modra’s aerial ability was unsurpassed in his prime, and he was nominated for Mark of the Year on numerous occasions, winning the award in 1993, 1997 and 2000.

In 1997, Modra won the Coleman Medal for the most goals in the season and was also selected in the AFL All-Australian team. However, a torn Anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained during a marking contest in the preliminary final caused Modra to miss the Crows’ first premiership win when they defeated St Kilda in the Grand Final. After returning from the knee injury 10 months later in 1998 he failed to regain form and was not considered for the 1998 AFL Grand Final. He was thus one of the few leading Crows players who did not receive a premiership medallion in either of the Crows premiership years of 1997 and 1998.  Unfortunately, however, the remainder of Modra’s career did not see him at his greatest heights seen in his early years and his performances were too sporadic for him to be accorded a place among the genuinely great full forwards of history.

Playing Career

1992 – 1997 Adelaide, 1999 – 2001 Fremantle

Game

165

Goals

588

Playing Honours

  • 2x All-Australian team: 1993, 1997
  • Coleman Medal: 1997 (81)
  • 5x Adelaide Leading Goal Kicker: 1993-1997
  • Fremantle Leading Goal Kicker: 1999
  • Fremantle 25 since ‘95 Team
  • 3x AFL Mark of the Year 1993, 1997, 2000
  • AFL Goal of the Year: 1995
  • Adelaide All-Time Leading Goal Kicker: (440)
  • West Adelaide leading Goal Kicker: 1992
  • Adelaide Team of the Decade – Full Forward
  • South Australian Football Hall of Fame

Tony Modra

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