SIX of Western Australia’s football greats will be inducted to the NAB West Australian Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday night (March 9) during a gala event at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.
One Hall of Fame member will also be elevated to Legend status on the night, joining the likes of Haydn Bunton, Barry Cable, Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer and Bill Walker as Legends of West Australian football.
The West Australian Football Commission established the WA Football Hall of Fame in 2002 to honour players, coaches, umpires, administrators and media representatives who have made a significant contribution to the game in this State.
Since the WA Football Hall of Fame's inauguration, 135 individuals across four eras have been inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame and 13 have been elevated to the status of WA football Legend.
This year’s inductees include:
Category - Administrator
WAFL Player 1891-1895 (East Perth, West Perth and Rovers)
WAFL Delegate, Perth Football Club 1903-1919, President WA Football League 1920-1932
President Australian National Football Council 1924-1929 (Delegate 1920-1932)
Life Member WAFL 1909, Perth Football Club 1910, Australian NFC 1927
West Australian football has had no stronger advocate at the national administrative level than the highly-respected Alf Moffat whose involvement as a pioneering player and outstanding administrator spanned more than 40 years. This period included a critical five-year stint as Chairman of the Australian National Football Council – the first West Australian to attain that position. He was well-known as a staunch protector of the interests of the game in WA, but also as a visionary keen to secure the advancement of football throughout the country. He succeeded Charles Brownlow as President of the ANFC in 1924 and his five-year term as President was longer than any predecessor.
Games 210 (Subiaco 3, West Perth 194, Western Australia 13)
Goals 103 (Subiaco 1, West Perth 98, WA 4)
Honours: West Perth Premiership Player 1932, 1934, 1935 (Captain 1934, 1935), West Perth Fairest and Best 1933, West Perth Team of the Century 2000, Life Member WPFC
Among the many champion footballers to emerge from the Goldfields, by no means the least is West Perth champion ruckman and half-forward Don Marinko snr, who in a 17-year career established a reputation as not only one of the greatest players of his era, but also one of the most stylish to behold.
Marinko maintained a very high standard of play over a long career and represented Western Australia 13 times between 1928 and 1936 often being among the best. After retirement in 1939 he was proud to see his two sons Don and Ray enjoy long careers in League football before their father passed away from a sudden heart attack in 1967. Selected on the half-forward line in West Perth’s “Team of the Century” in 2000, Don Marinko snr was one of West Perth’s most influential players in a golden era.
Games 234 (East Fremantle 226, Western Australia 8)
Goals 425 (East Fremantle 419, WA 6)
Honours: East Fremantle Premiership player 1945, 1946 (undefeated), East Fremantle Fairest and Best 1947 WAFL Leading Goalkicker 1949 (81 goals), EF Leading Goalkicker 1947, 1949, 1950
East Fremantle Team of the Century 1997, Life Member East Fremantle 1952
George Prince was an exceedingly popular player and contributor to the East Fremantle Football Club, being accorded Life Membership in 1952. Although his role as a director of a million dollar coastal shipping service prevented his direct involvement at the club after retirement, his loyalty remained until his death in 2002 and was always clearly on display – his firm’s 26 vessels were painted blue and white. His selection at centre half-forward in East Fremantle’s Team of the Century and now elevation to the WA Football Hall of Fame are fitting recognition of a fantastic football career.
Games 216 (Swan Districts 210, Western Australia 6). First SD player to 200 league games
Goals 32 (Swan Districts 32 WA 0)
Honours: Swan Districts Fairest and Best (Swan Medal) 3 times - 1948, 1950,1952 Swan Districts Captain 1951-1952 Swan Districts Team of the Century 1934-2000 SDFC Life Member (1955)
Vice President Swan Districts Football Club 1959-1966 SDFC Committeeman 10 years
Few stories of football courage and tenacity can match that of Duggan Anderson, the first Swan Districts player to surpass 200 League games for his club, 160 being played with only a thumb on his left hand after a sawmill accident left him with a handicap that most thought would end his career. Not only did the brilliant centre half back not miss a game as a result of the accident, but he went on to play state football on multiple occasions with a modified playing style necessary to accommodate the handicap.
Category - Administrator
League Games Played 51 (East Perth 1963-1966), Goals 26
Independent WAFL Board Member 1985-1988, Chairman Football Development Trust 1988-1989, Chairman WA Football Commission 1989-1999 Life Member AFL 1996
West Australian football has had many fine administrators, but none faced the breadth or depth of challenges that confronted Peter Tannock when he became inaugural chairman of the independent West Australian Football Commission in June 1989. The game in Western Australia was effectively insolvent and almost at civil war due to a significant non-alignment of interests at various levels. Within five years of his appointment, Tannock had overseen an almost unimaginable transformation and, with the aid of a committed WAFC and staff, placed football on the foundation for success that has subsequently been fully realised.
Games 233 (Swan Districts 114, St Kilda 54, Geelong 7, Fitzroy 43, Western Australia 15)
Goals 395 (Swan Districts 227 St Kilda 86, Geelong 6, Fitzroy 53, Western Australia 23)
Honours: Swan Districts Fairest and Best (Swan Medal) 1976, 1985 SD Leading Goalkicker 1985 (78 goals) St Kilda Captain 1980 St Kilda Leading Goalkicker 1979 Swan Districts Team of the Century 1934-2000 SDFC Life Member (2000)
Big, strong, talented, volatile and highly controversial are some of the terms used to describe Garry Sidebottom, who bestrode West Australian football like a colossus in the mid-1970s and was a key figure in the remarkable first 10 years of State of Origin football.
Born in Midland into a strong Swan Districts football family, Garry Sidebottom showed early that he possessed outstanding football talent and he debuted in the Swans league team aged 18 in 1973. His size, strength and aerial ability made him equally effective at centre half-forward or in the ruck where his palming ability and around the ground strength created many opportunities for team mates.
His grand contributions for Western Australia in state and State of Origin football over an 11-year period stamped him as one of the finest talents of his era.