2012 Hall of Fame Inductee – Rick Andrew Marklew
Born: 11TH July 1968. Height : 182cm. Weight : 78KG.
Recruited From : Imperials.
First Senior Game : 1986. Last Senior Game : 2000.
Guernsey Number : 23.
Total Games : 229 (Senior), 104 (Reserves), 17 (Thirds).
Goals Kicked : 354 (Fourth on WRFC All-‐time list.)
Goals in a Game : 8 (once), 7 (once), 6 (5 times).
Premierships (Seniors) : 1988, 1993, 1994.
Premiership (Reserves) : 2007. Grand Finals : 2005, 2006.
Premiership (Thirds) : 1985.
Third in Seniors Best & Fairest : 1996.
Reserves Best & Fairest : 2000.
Runner-‐Up Thirds Best & Fairest : 1985.
Most Consistent Reserves : 2005.
Life Member W.R.F.N.C
OTHER FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS
Played Northern United : 1989 (17 games).
Represented Bendigo Football League: 1989.
Played Heidelberg : 1991 (14 games).
Played North Wangaratta : 2001-‐2003 (36 games).
Brown and Gold blood courses deeply through the veins of Rick Marklew. His grandfather was
the Rovers secretary in a premiership year; his father, Roley, played in a flag in his first senior
season, at the tender age of 16. In 162 games with the Hawks and for a couple of decades
afterwards, Roley has been the epitome of devotion to the club.
So it was a no-‐brainer when young Rick began to show a bit of promise in the primary-‐schools
competition, that his destiny had already been charted. In 1985 the Rovers thirds won an
unlikely premiership when they beat previously undefeated Wodonga in the second semi and
Grand Final. Rick was at centre half forward. He pulled down 12 marks and booted five goals to
be best -‐on-‐ground in the decider. Two of his team-‐mates that day, Michael Wilson and
Howard Yelland, were to share senior triumphs with him in time to come.
The following year, aged 17, he found himself lining up alongside such gnarled veterans as
coach Merv Holmes, Laurie Burt, Mark Booth and Leigh Hartwig. Within two seasons, he had
played in an Ovens and Murray premiership team.
Although the Hawks had dominated the first half of the 1988 Grand Final, the scores were level
at half-‐time. The young Rovers team, giving away considerable age, weight and height
advantage to the experienced Lavington, were expected to wilt under pressure as the game
wore on. Rick was one of the Hawks who lifted, kicking four goals in the second half.
“One of them was sheer poetry”, recalled Chas Wilson in a previous biography…….”It gave the
Rovers a breather after Lavington got to within 3 points half-‐way through the final term. Rick
read an acrobatic leap and knock-‐on from Rob Hickmott, roved it perfectly at top-‐speed and
nailed the goal on the run. Soon after, a frustrated Blue flung him to the ground after he had
marked and the 50-‐metre penalty allowed the brilliant youngster to kick the goal that sealed
Studies took Rick to Bendigo, where he signed with Northern United, along with fellow Hawk,
Matthew Allen. He and Matt starred in Bendigo League’s Country Championship win in 1989.
Of particular comfort to him was his role in Bendigo’s semi-‐final defeat of the Ovens and
Murray League at Lavington.
Another ‘sabbatical’ from the Hawks came in 1991, when he was living and working in
Melbourne and decided to throw in his lot with Diamond Valley League club, Heidelberg. He
doesn’t retain fond memories of that stint, particularly as he missed the Rovers’ flag triumph
He was back with the Hawks the following season and was a prominent member of the great
1993 and 1994 premiership teams, which chalked up 36 consecutive victories in a period of
dominance by the club.
What made Rick such a valuable player was his adaptability. Able to be thrown into any
position on the ground with effect, he was a superb overhead mark and an accurate kick. His
351 goals sees him fourth on the Hawks’ all-‐time list, behind Steve Norman, Rob Walker and
Neale McMonigle. This includes one bag of 8, one of 7 and five hauls of 6 goals. He was a
natural forward, who could ‘smell’ a goal, but many a time he was sent to shore a backline
under intense pressure.
One of those old-‐fashioned blokes who played for the comradeship and opportunity to share
in the glory that came the club’s way, he got particular satisfaction out of spending his career
with the Hawks alongside many long-‐time mates. In fact, when he ran out for his 200th game,
there were five other ‘double-‐centurions’ -‐ Rob Walker, Peter Tossol, Anthony Pasquali,
Michael Wilson and Ron Ferguson alongside him. His 229th – and last-‐ senior game came in
2000. He was battling injury and managed just 8 senior games for the season.
So he headed to the O & K Hawks, North Wangaratta, where a cluster of old Rovers were
gathered. He spent three seasons at North and figured in one losing Grand Final, before
returning ‘home’ for the closing chapter in his playing career.
It is a crucial ingredient of any successful team to have a vibrant, competitive Reserves group,
applying pressure to the senior players, but also contributing to the spirit of the Club. Rick,
ageing though he was, played a vital part as the elder statesman of the group, sidekick to
coach Bob Murray and an outstanding clubman. And he was still a very handy player. The
‘twos’ contested Grand Finals in 2005 and ’06, then broke through in 2007 for the club’s first
Reserves premiership in 23 years. It was another career highlight for Rick, as he was so highly –
regarded by his team-‐mates and considered this an excellent way to bow out.
Of course, he has still been around to ‘fill-‐in’ when necessary and in his second match this
season ticked off another unheralded landmark – his 100th Reserves match for the club.
With tall, developing, Alex Marklew now beginning to make his mark at the club, Rick has
become heavily involved with the Thirds’ side of things this season.
There will be some expectations on Alex when he comes to emulate his father and grandfather
and pulls on the Rovers Guernsey for his senior debut within the next year or so. But it is odds-‐
on that the Marklew tradition will be in safe hands.