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The AFL held their annual Hall Of Fame dinner last week, naming eight new inductees and elevating Carlton champion Alex Jesaulenko to Legend Status. Jesaulenko was an inaugural inductee to the Hall of Fame in 1996. Born in Austria, Jesaulenko is the first non-indigenous born Australian to be elevated to Legend. He is the 22nd player to be named a Legend of the Game. He joins fellow Carlton greats John Nicholls and Ron Barassi as a Legend.
Although a champion player over the course of his career, Jesaulenko is perhaps best remembered and immortalized for one brief moment of play. His famous mark (catch of the ball) during Carlton's famous Grand Final come-from-behind win over Collingwood is one of the best known in football. Commentator Mike Williamson also created a bit of a catch-phrase at the time by exclaiming, "Jesaulenko, you beauty!" Those words, in part, can sometimes be seen on placards held up by fans at games. It is not unusual to see a fan-made sign exclaiming "You bewdy".
ALEX JESAULENKO - CARLTON & ST KILDA Carlton: 256 games, 424 goals, 1967-1979 St. Kilda: 23 games, 20 goals, 1980-1981 279 games, 444 goals for Carlton and St Kilda, 1967-1981 Carlton Premierships 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979 Carlton Best and Fairest 1975 Carlton leading goalkicker 1969, 1970, 1971 Victorian State Representative, 15 games All Australian 1969, 1972 Carlton Captain 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979 St Kilda Captain 1981 Coached Carlton 1978, 1979, 1988, 1989, 1990 Coached St Kilda 1981, 1982 Carlton Team of the Century AFL Team of the Century Inducted into Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996
TOM McARTHUR - QAFL Umpire 502 games, 1959-1965 14 QAFL Grand Finals 10 QAFL State games Queensland Team of the Century & Umpire of the Century
McArthur was a baker by trade and played 58 games in the QAFL. Injuries suffered in a car accident forced him to retire as a player and he took up umpiring. His record 502 games is unlikely to be broken at any level and is the most by any umpire in a senior league. In 1976, he was awarded the VFL Merit Award for services to Australian football. He was also actively involved with the umpires’ association.
GAVIN BROWN - COLLINGWOOD 254 games, 195 goals, 1987-2000 1990 Premiership Best & Fairest 1989, 1994, 1997 Victorian State Representative, 11 games 1990 International Rules Series EJ Whitten Medallist 1989, 1997 (Victorian Best On Ground in State of Origin Games) All Australian 1989, 1991, 1994 Collingwood Captain 1994-1998 Collingwood Team of the Century (interchange)
Brown also played in Collingwood's 1986 Under-19's premiership. He was a courageous and fearless player on a wing or up forward. He was a fierce tackler and always put the team first. He was a fan favorite among the Collingwood faithful. He is currently an assistant coach with the Magpies, working with the defense.
GARRY HOCKING - GEELONG 274 games, 243 goals, 1987-2001 Best & Fairest 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996 Victorian State Representative, eight games All Australian 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996 Geelong Captain 1995, 1999 Geelong Team of the Century
Known as "Buddha", Hocking was a tough as nails midfielder. His four best & fairest wins are a club record. He relinquished the captaincy early in 1995 to concentrate on his own game. For much of his career, he played with chronic knee problems, which finally forced him to retire in 2001. He once famously changed his name for a week to "Whiskas" as part of a sponsorship deal with the cat food company.
GLEN JAKOVICH - WEST COAST 276 games, 60 goals, 1991-2004 Premierships 1992, 1994 Best & Fairest 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000 WA State Representative, eight games International Rules Series 2003 All Australian 1994, 1995
His 276 games are a club record and he is rated as one of the best defenders of his era. Alongside current Eagle Coach John Worsfold and current Collingwood assistant coach Guy McKenna, the Eagle defense was one of the best. As a center halfback, his duels with Kangaroo star Wayne Carey became legendary as he was one of few who could keep Carey in check. His four best & fairest wins are equaled only by former Eagle Ben Cousins. Jakovich was recently named to the All-Australian selection panel to replace the late Chris Mainwaring who tragically passed away last year.
Jakovich joins former teammates Dean Kemp and Peter Matera as a Hall Of Famer.
KEVIN SHEEDY There is little which can be said about "Sheeds" that hasn't already been said. A legend in his own time, he made his mark as both player and coach. He is a favorite son at Richmond, the team he played for, as well as Essendon, the club he coached for 27 years.
Playing Career: 251 games, 91 goals, 1967-1979 Premierships 1969, 1973, 1974 Best & Fairest 1976 Victorian state representative, eight games AFLPA MVP Award 1974 Captain 1978 Richmond Team of the Century
Essendon Coach: 635 games, 1981-2007, (386 wins, 242 losses, 7 ties) Premierships 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000 Pre-Season Premierships 1981, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2000 International Rules Coach 2005, 2006 All Australian Coach 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000 Essendon Team of the Century
GEOF MOTLEY - PORT ADELAIDE (SANFL) 258 games, 156 goals, 1953-1966 Premierships 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965 Best & Fairest 1958, 1959, 1963, 1965 Captain 1959-1966 SA State Representative, 28 games Magarey Medallist 1964 (SANFL Brownlow equivalent) Coached Port Adelaide 1959-1961 Coached North Adelaide 1967-1969 Port Adelaide Life Member SANFL Life Member South Australian Football Hall of Fame
Motley has the rare distinction of never being reported during his career. After his coaching stints, he became a player manager. His clients include Nathan Buckley and Warren Tredrea. Motley was named to a half back position in the club's greatest team of 1870 to 2000. Motley also has a Medal of the Order of Australia.
Motley's son, Peter, joined Carlton in 1986 and had a promising future as a player. He played 19 games 1986-87 before a near-fatal car crash (a drunk driver hit his car while at a stop light). ended his career. To this day, his right side is partially paralyzed.
NOEL TEASDALE - NORTH MELBOURNE 178 games, 71 goals, 1956-1967 Pre-Season Premierships 1965, 1966 Best & Fairest 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 Brownlow Medallist 1965 Victorian State Representative, 17 games All Australian 1966 Captain 1965, 1966, 1967 North Melbourne Team of the Century
Teasdale was also named as the players' choice as the leading player from 1951-60 at the club's 2005 Shinboner of the Century dinner.
Teasdale was awarded his Brownlow Medal retrospectively as in 1965, voting ties were broken on a countback system, whereby the player having the most "3 votes" won out. The AFL abolished the countback system in 1980. In 1989, retrospective medals were awarded to players who had lost on countbacks.
DES TUDDENHAM - COLLINGWOOD & ESSENDON Collingwood: 182 games, 251 goals, 1962-1971 & 1976-1977 Essendon: 69 games, 66 goals, 1972-1975 Collingwood Best & Fairest 1963 Collingwood captain 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1976 Essendon captain 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 Victorian state representative, five games Coached Essendon 1972-75 Coached South Melbourne 1978 Collingwood Team of the Century
Source: Melbourne Age, Encyclopedia of League Footballers, 2008 AFL Season Guide, and author notes
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