23 May, 1968






24 May, 1986 v Sydney at Moorabbin Oval







Very few could reel in a contested mark like the great Stewart ‘Buckets’ Loewe. The No. 23 held the record for taking the most marks in the history of the game, before the remarkable feat was overtaken by his heir apparent, Nick Riewoldt.

But his qualities extended beyond just aerial brilliance, with his work ethic and commitment to fitness legendary. Loewe was not a natural footballer as a youngster, but worked so hard on his game to utilise his physical attributes – notably his giant hands – to the utmost effect. Playing in the position acknowledged as the hardest on the field, he achieved a consistency of performance and durability at centre-half forward that was the lynchpin of St Kilda sides for over 15 years.

With Tony Lockett he formed a "twin towers" attack that stretched every backline in the competition. After Lockett departed to Sydney, Loewe assumed the mantle of No. 1 forward, falling just short of kicking 100 goals in a season at full-forward in 1996. Loewe opted to stay with St Kilda when vigorously chased by Fremantle and was able to take part, as joint-captain, in a Grand Final team in 1997.

By the end of his career, ‘Buckets’ had booted 594 goals across 321 games and earned two All Australian selections and a place in St Kilda’s Team of the Century.