New legend and eight inductees to the AFL Hall of Fame as the game’s greats gather for the ceremony
South Australian great Russell Ebert was enshrined as the AFL‘s 32nd legend, and former St Kilda star Nicky Winmar was among eight new members inducted into the Hall of Fame in Tuesday night’s ceremony.
Ebert, who won four Magarey Medals for Port Adelaide as the best player in the South Australian league prior to the formation of the national competition – plus three premierships and six club best-and-fairest awards, was elevated to the highest honour in the sport.
Russell Ebert was named the 32nd official legend of the AFL. He passed away in November last year and he was represented at the ceremony by his son Brett and widow Di.
Ebert, whose won Brett and nephew Brad followed in his footsteps to play for Port after it entered the AFL, passed away in November at the age of 72 after a battle with leukaemia.
‘We feel very proud of him, of course, and think it’s very well deserved,’ his widow Di told News Corp.
‘We only wish he was here to accept it, that’s the hard thing.
‘We wish it had come a bit earlier and he could’ve been around, but that’s the way things go.’
Former St Kilda great Nicky Winmar was one of eight new inductees to the Hall of Fame.
Winmar, whose electrifying skills were allied to his pioneering efforts to confront lingering racism toward indigenous players, was elected to the Hall of Fame.
He was joined as a new inductee into the Hall of Fame by the league’s games record holder Brent ‘Boomer’ Harvey, former Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich, former Carlton premiership captain and AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick.
Bec Judd, wife of Hall of Fame member Chris, was pictured at the ceremony with son Oscar.
Also inducted were ex-Norwood and Collingwood star Michael Taylor, West Perth goalkicking great Ted Tyson, another former Falcon and NT star Bill Dempsey and Tasmanian rover Terry Cashion.
Former Collingwood great Nathan Buckley attended the ceremony with his son Jett.
Former Brisbane Lions star and now media commentator Jonathan Brown was joined by wife Kylie and their daughter.