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Six inducted into Australian Football Hall of Fame

Michael Malthouse, Senior Coach of the Blues poses for a photograph during a 2015 AFL.com.au photo shoot at AFL House, Melbourne on March 11, 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

THE AUSTRALIAN Football League (AFL) tonight inducted four players, one coach and one administrator into the Australian Football Hall of Fame to recognise their stellar contribution to our game.

The late Trevor Barker (dual Best and Fairest for St Kilda) was inducted, along with the late Jim Deane (one of only two South Adelaide players to have won dual Magarey Medals), the late Ron Evans (former President of the Essendon Football Club and former AFL Chairman), 1985 Brownlow Medallist Brad Hardie, three-time VFL premiership player Ken Hunter, and three-time AFL premiership coach Michael Malthouse.

The Australian Football Hall of Fame was established in 1996 and serves to recognise players, coaches, umpires, administrators, and media representatives who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian football.

Background on the new inductees follows and all previous inductees and legends are listed in the 2019 AFL Record Season Guide. 

TREVOR BARKER

  • Played 230 games and scored 134 goals for St Kilda: 1975-89
  • St Kilda captain: 1983-86
  • St Kilda Best & Fairest: 1976 & 1981
  • State games (Vic): 6
  • Sandringham coach: 1992-94 (Premierships: 1992 & 1994)
  • St Kilda Hall of Fame Legend
  • St Kilda Team of the 20th Century

JIM DEANE

  • Played 157 games and scored 95 goals for South Adelaide: 1945-53; 1956-57
  • Played 33 games and scored 17 goals for Richmond: 1954-55
  • State selection (SA) in 14 games
  • Playing coach of South Adelaide: 1951-53
  • Non-playing coach of South Adelaide: 1970-71
  • Captain of South Adelaide: 1951-53; 1956-57
  • Magarey Medallist: 1953 & 1957
  • South Adelaide Best & Fairest: 1948-49, 1951, 1953, 1956-57

RON EVANS (ADMINISTRATOR)

  • Played 64 games and scored 210 goals for Essendon: 1958-62
  • Played 60 games and scored 271 goals for West Perth: 1963-65
  • Essendon leading goalscorer: 1959-60
  • Coleman Medallist: 1959-60
  • West Perth leading goalscorer: 1963-65
  • WAFL leading goalscorer: 1963
  • State selection (Vic): 1959-60, 5 games
  • State selection (WA): 5 games
  • Essendon board member: 1978-92 (President: 1988-92)
  • AFL Commissioner: 1993-2006 (Chairman: 1998-2006)

BRAD HARDIE

  • Played 140 games and scored 308 goals for South Fremantle: 1979-84
  • Played 150 games and scored 222 goals for Footscray, Brisbane & Collingwood: 1985-92
  • Brownlow Medallist: 1985
  • South Fremantle Best & Fairest: 1982
  • Tassie Medal 1984, 1986
  • Simpson Medal 1984, 1986
  • South Fremantle captain: 1984
  • South Fremantle leading goalscorer: 1984 (equal)
  • Brisbane leading goalscorer: 1989-90
  • All-Australian: 1984 (carnival), 1986 (carnival)
  • WA state representative: 1984-88, 9 games
  • Qld state representative: 1991, 1 game

KEN HUNTER

  • Played 99 games and scored 23 goals for Claremont: 1975-80
  • Played 147 games and scored 160 goals for Carlton: 1981-89
  • Three-time VFL Premiership player: 1981, 1982 & 1987
  • Carlton Best & Fairest: 1981
  • Carlton leading goalscorer: 1983
  • Four-time All-Australian: 1979 (carnival), 1980 (carnival), 1982 & 1983

MICHAEL MALTHOUSE

  • Played 53 games for St Kilda, kicking 5 goals: 1972-76
  • Played 121 games for Richmond, kicking 10 goals: 1976-82
  • VFL Premiership player: 1980
  • Three-time AFL Premiership Coach: 1992, 1994, 2010
  • Footscray coach for 135 games: 1984-89
  • West Coast coach for 243 games: 1990-99
  • Collingwood coach for 286 games: 2000-11.
  • Carlton coach for 54 games: 2013-15
  • Australia coach for 4 games: 2008 and 2010
  • All-Australian coach: 1991, 2010
  • Jock McHale Medallist: 1992, 1994, 2010