and a short biosketch of Tim - an over-achiever
Tim Watson attended Dimboola Primary School, and then Dimboola Memorial High School between 1974 - 1977.
Tim received a Sports Certificate for his outstanding performances in football and athletics in 1975. In 1976 he was in the Boys Senior Football Team which won the premiership that year and he was also in the Boys Junior Basketball Team which won the Interschool Juniors Trophy.
In 1977, Tim played again in the Boys Senior Football Team that won the premiership for the second consecutive year.
While Tim was attending DMHS he also had some other outstanding performances in football outside the school. He captained an Under 13 Victorian Team to play in New Guinea and he was Best & Fairest in the Victorian Under 15 Team.
Tim left Dimboola during 1977 to play for Essendon in the VFL and he spent his last two years of school in Melbourne. At the age of 15 years and 10 months, Tim played his first game in the Senior league and was the second youngest player in League history to do so. Playing for Essendon, Tim had his setbacks with injuries but despite this he has always been a star. He was a most accomplished ruck rover and half forward who possessed a powerful dash and big kick. Tim achieved much while playing for Essendon and some of these things are:
- youngest VFL player to play 100 games;
- Essendon Best & Fairest - 1980, 85, 88 and 89;
- state team representative for Victoria;
- voted most popular footballer in Australia of all football codes in 1989;
- captain for Essendon 1989-1991;
- 1989 - VFL Players Association "Captain of the Year";
- 1989 - VFL Players Association "Most Valuable Player"; and
- 1989 - Sun Medal Winner - Best Player.
Tim played a total of 17 seasons for Essendon totalling 307 games and kicking 337 goals. Tim first represented Victoria at the age of only 19 and played for the State 10 times. In 1994 Tim retired from football to take up a career in the media, among other things being a Sports Commentator for Channel Seven. In 1999 his love of football lifted a level when Tim was appointed coach of St Kilda Football Club.