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Brian was a versatile left-footer who played 31 League games from 1950 to 1955 for the Roosters in a variety of positions.
In 1951, he represented an SANFL ‘B’ side in Port Lincoln. The club Annual Report said Brian was “A natural goalkeeper, who was tried early at full forward. Another player with a giant in his path, (obviously Ian McKay), but an accomplished and stylish footballer whose time will come”. It was not easy to gain a place in the side in those years, which boasted legendary names such as Aamodt, Arbon, Kennett, Aldenhoven, McKay, J & P Blunden, W & H McKenzie, McCann, Cox, Phillips, K. Carroll, Proud, Stringer, Galloway, Griffin, Tidswell, Gilbourne & Hancock.
In 1952, those team members would eventually go on to win the Grand Final by a record score. Unfortunately, Brian was unable to gain a permanent place that year but had his best season in 1953 when he played 14 games.
In 1953 Brian appeared against Glenelg in the-role of a rover. He turned in a first class game and kicked five goals. The club clearly saw the depth of Brian’s talent, commenting that he was “A brilliant player on his day, who did not have the best of seasons in 1954, spending half his time in the Seconds. Has ability above average. Brian would still make the grade if he would only gain confidence in his own powers”.
His abovementioned versatility was demonstrated by the variety of awards he won while at the club:
Best Placed Man.
Most Consistent Player.
Best Utility Player.
Best Backman B-Grade trophy.
In 1955, Brian played in the first ever SANFL B-grade side against the VFA before retiring from League football at the age of 25.
Brian Huppatz passed away in 2019 at the age of 89.