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AFL Hall Of Fame

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just ahead of Round 12, the AFL held the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Five of the inductees are from the modern era: Brad Johnson, Anthony Koutoufides, Warren Tredrea, Andrew McLeod, and Matthew Richardson. The sixth was the late Ern Henfry who was represented by his son. All of the inductees were team captains during their careers.

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Lou Richards Honored

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just as Round Five was about to get underway, Magpie legend and media personality Lou Richards received two honors from his beloved Collingwood and the AFL. Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, CEO Gary Pert and AFL Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick were on hand for the unveiling of a statue of Richards. Richards, 91, was in attendance with family and friends.

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Sydney Hall Of Fame

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

The Sydney Swans recently held their Hall Of Fame ceremony, with Barry Hall and Craig Bolton the new inductees. The dinner gala also included the guernsey presentations as well as the announcement of club heritage listings. Hall joined the Swans in 2002 and played 162 matches, booting 467 goals. He ranks third on the club's all-time goal kicking table and led the club's goal kicking for seven consecutive seasons from 2002-2008. He was match day captain for the 2005 Premiership and co-captain in 2006 and 2007 alongside Brett Kirk and Leo Barry. Hall's successor as co-captain in 2008 was fellow inductee Craig Bolton.

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AFL Life Membership Awards

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

The AFL will hold its AGM in March, at which time nine new life members (honored for their services to the game) will be announced. The newest inductees will be: recently retired triple premiership Geelong midfielder Joel Corey, former Brisbane Lions’ dual premiership player and current Geelong coach Chris Scott, North Melbourne premiership player and current Sydney Swans coach John Longmire, St Kilda’s Norm Smith Medalist Lenny Hayes, six-time Grand Final umpire Brett Rosebury and Sydney Swans’ dual premiership player Ryan O’Keefe. All qualified automatically during the 2013 season by reaching 300 games as a player, umpire or player and coach.

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Grand Final Milestones

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA

Shaun Burgoyne (HAW, traded from PA) became the 29th player in League history to win a Premiership with two different clubs after the Hawks won the Grand Final. Most recent players to reach this milestone are Darren Jolly (SYD and COL), Stuart Dew (PA and HAW), Cameron Mooney (NM and GEEL), Jason Ball (WCE and SYD), Byron Pickett (NM and PA), Damian Hardwick (ESS and PA), Gavin Wanganeen (ESS and PA), Martin Pike (NM and BRIS) and Blake Caracella (ESS and BRIS).

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AFL Hall Of Fame Part 2

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Growing up in Perth, Brian Peake's hero was a pro surfer named Ian Cairns. He spent much of his time hitching rides to the beaches and the waves. He credits his surfing days for the body strength needed for AFL football. That strength also saw him avoid hamstring and groin injuries. “I believe that's where it set me up with the strength and for recovery. I never had a hamstring, didn't even know what they were. Knees, groins, it never happened. So the saltwater must do something for you.'' Two weeks after a failed tryout with Perth in an intra-club game, Peake was recruited to East Fremantle. As his career took off, he had to fend off offers from VFL (now AFL) teams. In 1981, at the age of 27, he finally decided to give the VFL a try to test himself and believes he would have regretted it if he had not. He chose Geelong thinking the lifestyle there would be the closest to that of Perth. Officials met him at the airport with a helicopter to fly him to his first training session. After just 13 games with the Cats, he was appointed captain.

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2013 AFL Hall Of Fame Part One

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just after Round Ten, the AFL held its Hall of Fame Function in Canberra to induct six new members and elevate a current member to Legend status. Richmond champion Royce Hart, one of the original inductees in 1996, was elevated to Legend status. He is the 25th player to receive the honor. Hart played 188 games and kicked 371 goals 1967-1977. He was a star center half forward and played in the club's 1967, 1969, 1973 and 1974 Premierships. He captained the club 1972-1975 and led the goal kicking in 1967 and 1971. He won the club Best and Fairest 1969 and 1972. Other honors: Victorian representative in 11 games, All-Australian 1969, AFL Team of the Century (1996), Richmond Team of the Century and Tasmanian Team of the Century. He also coached Footscray (now Western Bulldogs) 1980-1982.

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AFL Life Membership

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago 

The AFL will hold its Annual General Meeting in March, at which time eight people will be awarded Life Membership.

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Community Award Honors Stynes

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

The AFL and the Reach Foundation has honored the late Jim Stynes with a community award in his name. The Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award will be presented on Brownlow Night to a player for his community work and who "demonstrates the values of Jim Stynes in his commitment to the community and understanding the value of helping others". The announcement was made by Jim Stynes’ widow, Sam Stynes, Reach chairman and Melbourne president Don McLardy and AFL Chief Executive Officer Andrew Demetriou. The League was considering a presentation on Grand Final Day but opted to present it on Brownlow Night as Stynes won the prestigious award in 1991.

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Grand Final (Replay) Day Events and Timeline 2010

The following is the time line for the the Grand Final day events including key times for match and TV related activities.   All times are listed first in Australian AEST and then in US EDT.  This is based on information from the AFL, AFANA, staff member Johnson Leung, press reports and past history. This story will be periodically updated with late information.

Time AEST/US EDT  Event             
12:00 PM / 10:00 PM Coverage of Grand Final preview and entertainment begins on ESPN3
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM / 10:30 PM - 10:45 PM Draft Combine, On-Ground Presentation
12:55 PM / 10:55 PM Delivery of match footballs to Umpires
1.00 PM / 11:00 PM On-field pre-match set up
1.10 PM – 1.25 PM / 11:10 PM – 11:25 PM Preliminary on-field warm-up opportunity for competing clubs
1:25 PM / 11:25 PM
Stage and sound set in centre square
1:35 PM -- 2:00 PM / 11:35 PM --12:00 MN Pre-match entertainment featuring Lionel Ritchie. 
1:46 PM / 11:46 PM Motorcade of players who featured in 1966 VFL Grand Final between Collingwood and St Kilda
2.00 PM / 12:00 MN Pre-match entertainment concludes
2:00 PM / 12:00 MN
International TV feed begins. The host broadcaster is Channel 7 and the announcers will be lead by Bruce McAvaney and Dennis Cometti. US and Canadian TV coverage begins on ESPN Classic, ESPN Mobile, TSN2, and TSN.ca.  Coverage continues on ESPN3.com

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