Up There Cazaly

Day 251 of Colourisation Project – January 13

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

“Up There Cazaly,” a catchcry familiar to any Melburnian…and if not, then the song, Up There Cazaly would surely be. The phrase, “Up There Cazaly” entered the Australian idiom way back in the 1920s. It was even used as a battle cry by Australian troops during World War II and has now become part of Australian folk-lore.

Roy Cazaly Bef & Aft

Photographer Unknown: Roy Cazaly c 1920 – Coloured by Loredana Crupi

It is of course attributed to one very talented and skillful Australian Rules Football player, Roy Cazaly. Born this day, 13 January in 1893, he was famous for his spectacular high marks and ruck work.

The phrase was first coined by his ruck rover teammate at South Mebourne, Fred ‘Skeeter’ Fleiter. Whenever he wanted Cazaly to go for a mark or hit the ball clear of ruck contests, he would shout, ‘Up there Cazaly!’

Standing only 5 ft 11 ins (180 cm), Cazaly was a brilliant high-marker, a jaw dropping feat he  practiced daily by leaping for a ball suspended from the roof of a shed at his home. His aerobatic performances on the field were a sight to behold. He could fly for a mark and turn in mid-air, then land and run with the ball and execute a stab pass or a drop kick with precision.  Crowds would join in the chorus, every time he went near the ball.   “Up there Cazaly!”

A non- smoker and teetotaller, Cazaly was a fitness fanatic who learned to control his breathing to give added height to his natural leap.  As he ran for the ball, he would take a deep breath. Cazaly was convinced that his breath control would give him an extra two feet or so.

He played 99 senior games each for St Kilda and South Melbourne, and 32 state matches, before going on to coaching at South Melbourne and Hawthorn. Cazaly was responsible for giving Hawthorn their nickname “Hawks”. He thought it more appropriate than The Mayblooms, (a flower that was profuse in the Hawthorn suburban area!) Cazaly said “I expect players to live up to the name being ready to fight hard and carry the ball away with pace and dash to the goal.” I’m sure their supporters would have agreed with him.

Cazaly was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996

In 2005, Cazaly was named as an inaugural coaching legend in Tasmanian Football’s official Hall of Fame. In 2009 The Australian nominated Cazaly as one of the 25 greatest footballers never to win a Brownlow Medal.

Naturally gifted, Cazaly was also skilled at cricket, rowing, boxing and swimming as well as being an accomplished pianist.

Cazaly died of a heart attack in 1963 aged 70.

Now for those that are not familiar with Australian Rules Football… this is “what I’m talking about.”  Enjoy!


Up There Cazaly  – Words and music by Two Man Band (1979)
(Mike Brady & Peter Sullivan)

Well you work to earn a living
But on weekends comes the time
You can do what ever turns you on
Get out and clear your mind
Me, I like football
And there’s a lot of things around
But when you line ’em up together
The footy wins hands down

Up there cazaly, in there and fight
Out there and at ’em, show ’em your might
Up there cazaly, don’t let ’em in
Fly like an angel, you’re out there to win

Now there’s a lot more things to football
Than really meets the eye
There are days when you could give it up
There are days when you could fly
You either love or hate it
Depending on the score
But when your team run out or they kick a goal
How’s the mighty roar (hooray, hooray)

Up there cazaly, in there and fight
Out there and at ’em, show ’em your might
Up there cazaly, don’t let ’em in
Fly like an angel, you’re out there to win

Up there cazaly, you’re out there to win
In there and at ’em, don’t let ’em in
Up there cazaly, show ’em you’re high
Fight like the devil, the crowds on your side

Up there cazaly, in there and fight
Out there and at ’em, show ’em you’re might
Up there cazaly, show ’em you’re high
Fight like the devil, the crowd’s on your side
The crowd’s on your side…

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