Simon’s involvement with AFL Football is legendary
from serving on the board of the AFL Players Association
Director of the Essendon Football Club
and has his own consultancy practice working as a
"Sustainable High Performance Coach".
Simon’s extensive experience in education
business and being an elite sportsperson provides him
with a unique outlook on what it takes to be successful
in today's complex business environment.
One of the greatest AFL Ruckmen to play the game
he played in the last six games in 1974 slotting into the team
as a forward pocket and relief Ruckman and delighted fans
with his big marking and goalkicking. He kicked 18 goals and won
the best first year player Award. By the time he was twenty-two
he was appointed Captain of Essendon FC
replacing the legendary Ken Fletcher.
Simon holds the games record at Windy Hill 378
and also holds the goals record of 575.
He won Essendon's best and fairest Award
in 1977, 1979, 1983 and 1984
and finished third in the award in 1978.
Only Dick Reynolds and Bill Hutchison
have collected the best and fairest more times.
He headed the Dons' goalkickers in 1980 with 45 goals
and in 1982 with 49 goals. He was second top in
1977, 1979 and 1981 and third top in 1976 and 1978.
He finished third in the Medal in 1983 with 22 votes
and was also the Dons' top vote scorer in 1977 with 24 votes.
He was in the Ruck in the 1984 and 1985 premiership teams
and won the Norm Smith Medal for being best on the ground
in the 1985 flag. He was also on the interchange bench
and Captain of the 1981 night premiership team
and was in the Ruck in the 1984 night premiership team.
He was chosen to represent Victoria in the interstate team
in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987.
This is the equal fourth most interstate years of any Essendon player.
He played in nine interstate games and was chosen in the
All Australian team in 1983, 1984 and 1987.
Played 1974 -1992
Premiership player 1984,1985
Final games played -20
Norm Smith Medal 1985
Top 5 Brownlow medal finishes -1983,84,88
Career Brownlow medal votes-139
EFC Best & Fairest 1977,79,83,84
Top 5 EFC best & fairest finishes 1977-79,83,88
EFC Captain 1980-81 (55 games)
EFC Vice Captain 1979,1989,1990
EFC Leading goalkicker 1980,82,91
All Australian 1983,84,87,88
Night Premiership appearances - 1981,84,90