When St Kilda fans think of players from the 1980s, names like Trevor Barker, Tony Lockett and Danny Frawley instantly spring to mind.
Jeff Fehring isn’t one that comes as readily.
But it was on this day in 1981 against Collingwood when the late ruckman from Leitchville engrained himself into St Kilda folklore, unleashing one of the biggest kicks the game has ever seen.
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Fuelled by frustration after being reported moments earlier, Fehring won a free kick in the centre of Moorabbin Oval and – backed by a handy tailwind – went for broke towards the Nepean Highway end.
His booming torpedo from outside the centre circle travelled all the way to the goal square, incredibly sailing over the pack of Magpies and Saints before bouncing – just once – through the two big sticks.
The kick travelled a lazy 86 metres.
Even with the wind in his favour, it has been a feat which very few have been able to replicate, let alone come close to.
Arryn Siposs was one of the most recent to boast such a thumping kick for St Kilda; his powerful right boot now being put to use as a punter for the Auburn Tigers in the United States.
And while Malcolm Blight’s match-winning torp in 1976 may forever be remembered as one of the most famous goals of all time, Fehring’s monster has its own special place in Moorabbin’s history.
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Remarkable effort aside, the ruckman’s mammoth major did little to sway the opinions of the VFL Tribunal post-match.
Fehring was ultimately suspended for two weeks for striking, before returning in Round 6 to play a further eight games for the season in what would be his last year for the Saints.
He lined up for a further two seasons with Norwood in the SANFL, securing the 1982 premiership before his retirement the following year.
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Fehring played 17 games for the Saints from 1980-1981 after playing three seasons for Geelong, before falling on hard times and taking his life in 2008, aged 53.
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