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Colin Maynard, the Swan who returned to the club in the nick of time

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 5:00 PM by Matthew Ogg

If there was ever a player that could not have judged their return back to Swan Districts at a more perfect time, it’s Colin Maynard.

Making his way locally through the juniors, the talented defender made his Swans debut in 1955 and quickly became well-known for his toughness, skillful disposal and raking drop kicks.

After four seasons and 50 games in the black and white, Colin made his way to Tasmania from 1959-1960.

Arguably making the best move of his football career, he re-joined the Swans in 1961 and became an integral part of the black ducks back-to-back-to-back premiership victories, where he started in a different position on the ground for each of them; 1961 Back Pocket, 1962 Centre & 1963 Half Back Flank.

While still playing, he took on the coaching responsibilities of some of the lower grades, and continued to do so after retiring in 1966.

In 1969 he coached both the Thirds and Fourths in the same season, with both teams making their respective Grand Finals. Although the Thirds fell short on the big stage, the Fourths were victorious on the day.

Colin finished his career with 159 games in the black and white, kicked 56 goals, pulled the WA state jumper on 6 times, won 3 premierships and received Swan Districts Life Membership in 1972.

Please join us in congratulating Colin on his well-deserved Swan Districts Hall of Fame induction.