FOR lovers of traditional wingmen, choosing between Nicky Winmar and Peter Matera is akin to choosing a favourite child.
Does Matera's searing pace and contribution to West Coast's sustained success win out? Or does Winmar's ability to shine brilliantly in a St Kilda team that had to battle for every victory deserve to be recognised?
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As a feature of the new Yokayi Footy show on NITV and AFL.com.au, the 16 contenders to be the Greatest Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander player have been placed into a tournament-style bracket, based on their career achievements and the selectors' votes.
THE DEADLIEST How were the 16 contenders chosen, and who missed out?
Week 6 results
Last week's round of The Deadliest saw two-time Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes face off against two-time Sandover medallist Stephen Michael. The results were:
- Adam Goodes 54% v Stephen Michael 46%
Adam Goodes moves on to face the winner of Nicky Winmar v Peter Matera in the quarter-finals.
Match-up 8: Nicky Winmar v Peter Matera
- South Fremantle, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs
- 341 games, 451 goals, Indigenous Team of the Century, St Kilda Team of the Century, West Australian Football Hall of Fame, two-time All-Australian, 1992 Mark of the Year, Aboriginal Sportsperson of the Year 1999
A high-flying half-forward, Nicky Winmar was the first Indigenous player to reach the 200-game milestone in the AFL
The talented Saint arguably had his best year in 1989, finishing third in the Brownlow Medal as well as claiming St Kilda’s best and fairest and being named in the VFL Team of the Year.
In round 4 of the 1993 season, Winmar was racially abused by members of the crowd before he pulled up his guernsey and pointed to his stomach, showing pride in the colour of his skin.
The moment was captured in an iconic photograph and to this day remains one of the most memorable stands against racism in football.
- West Coast
- 253 games, 217 goals, Australian Football Hall of Fame, Indigenous Team of the Century, VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century, two-time Premiership player, 1992 Norm Smith Medallist, five-time All-Australian
One of the best wingmen of all-time, Matera's brilliant pace and ability to hit the scoreboard wowed Eagles fans throughout the '90s.
In just his second season, Matera finished fourth in the Brownlow Medal and secured the first of his five All-Australian appearances.
Matera's five goals in the 1992 Grand Final earned him the Norm Smith Medal.
The dashing wingman was the first Eagles player to be inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
In 2015, the Matera Foundation was set up to help Aboriginal Australians find employment.
Tune in to Yokayi Footy each Wednesday at 8pm AEDT on NITV, AFL.com.au, the AFL Live App; and on Friday at 3pm AEDT on SBS Viceland, and SBS On Demand.
Head to afl.com.au/deadliest each week to cast your vote for the Greatest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander player.