North Geelong FNC extends deepest sympathy to family of club great Jack on his passing. Former committeman, 1958 senior premiership captain/coach and VFL player. RIP.
Born 24/07/1929 177 cms 75 kgs. League games: 17
Stevens played VFL for Geelong between 1950 to 1952 for 14 games then due to limited opportunities being the third Rover behind the very accomplished Peter Pianto and Neil Tresize he moved to South Melbourne in 1953 for a further 3 matches.
Stevens began at North Geelong in 1945 with the Under 18’s and as Captain and Best and Fairest winner. The following year he again won the Under 18 Best and Fairest and shared it in 1947 with Stan Hodgson. He was a member of North Geelong’s senior Grand Final team in 1948 and a member of its senior Premiership team in 1949.
In 1954 after a preseason with South Melbourne he decided on heading to Lismore largely due to his work commitment in the Wool brokering business and coached Lismore to a Premiership in the Western Plains League where he also won the League Best and Fairest. He coached them again in 1955 to Runners Up against Derrinallum. The following season he was enticed to play the last few games with Derrinallum and in 1957 did not play. In 1958 he returned to North Geelong as he had promised to do one day to join his mates where he captain coached them in an honorary capacity in 1958 to Premierships in both the Evelyn Hurst and Woolworth Cups and Runners Up the following year in the Evelyn Hurst and Premiers in the Woolworth Cup. Along with Neil Tompkins and Harold Manson, Stevens is the only senior Premiership coach with North Geelong to have originated at North Geelong and played League Football. He played a total of 60 senior games with North Geelong. Passed away peacefully on 15th March and funeral service held 21st March
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