A legendary football moment has receded a little further into history with the passing of Terry Waters, aged 76.
In footy’s way of things, Waters is best remembered for captaining Collingwood to improbable defeat by Carlton in 1970, the most famous grand final of all. It is a match he could never quite forget, either.
But there was so much more. Originally from the Mallee, via Dandenong, Waters began at Collingwood in 1963 as a glamorous goal-kicker, but ultimately made his name in midfield and defence, where he was known for his ultra-safe hands and footy smarts.
He played in Victorian teams, was an all-Australian, and won the Copeland Trophy in 1966, the year of another epic Collingwood near-miss. For the Magpies of his time, it wasn’t meant to be.