by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
The annual presentation of AFL Life Memberships will take place during the League's AGM in March. Of the 13 candidates, ten automatically qualified during the 2014 season by reaching the 300 game milestone in their careers. The ten are Jimmy Bartel, Leon Cameron, Kane Cornes, Dean Cox, Nick Dal Santo, Corey Enright, Nick Riewoldt, Brenton Sanderson, Justin Schmitt and Brad Scott. Life Membership was also recommended under the provision of "Special Service to the Game" to long-time club administrators Graeme Allan, Greg Miller and former AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.
AFL CEO Gill McLachlan said he wished to congratulate the nominees and looked forward to thanking each of them personally for their contributions to football, both on-field as players and coaches and off-field for their service as administrators and officials.
Bartel, Cornes, Dal Santo, Enright, Riewoldt and umpire Schmitt all reached 300 total games last season. Those games are a combination of their premiership matches, preseason games and any international or state games. Cox retired at the end of 2014 after a stellar career highlighted by six All Australian selections. Cameron, Sanderson and Scott all qualified on the basis of their combined tally of premiership games, preseason games and state games as player and coach.
Graeme Allan played 141 games for Fitzroy and Collingwood 1975-86, before moving into football administration. He has worked as Football Manager at Collingwood, Brisbane and GWS Giants and has been involved in four premierships. Greg Miller played 52 games for South Melbourne (now Sydney) 1972-76 before becoming the club’s recruiting manager from 1979-84. He served as North Melbourne football manager and then CEO between1985-2001, before working at Richmond as Football Manager from 2002-2008.
Andrew Demetriou played 106 games for North Melbourne and Hawthorn 1981-88 before joining the AFLPA as CEO in 1998. He joined the AFL as Football Operations Manager in 2000 and was appointed CEO in 2003. During his 11 year tenure, the Gold Coast Suns and the GWS Giants joined the AFL, the broadcast rights agreement went from $400 million to $1.18 billion and major stadium projects valued at more than $1.5 billion were completed across the country.
The Jack Titus award for conspicuous service to the game will be presented to Carlton’s Shane O’Sullivan for his 35 years of continuous service to three separate clubs, including the last two decades back with Carlton after stints with Footscray and the then-Brisbane Bears.
Jimmy Bartel (Geelong): 272 games, 27 preseason games, one state game; 2007, 2009 and 2011 Premierships, 2007 Brownlow Medal, 2011 Norm Smith Medal, 2007 and 2008 All Australian.
Leon Cameron (Western Bulldogs, Richmond, GWS Giants): 256 games as a player with Western Bulldogs and Richmond, 22 games as a coach with GWS Giants, 26 preseason games as a player with Western Bulldogs and Richmond, two preseason games as a coach with GWS, one state game as a player, 1993 Best and Fairest (Western Bulldogs).
Kane Cornes (Port Adelaide): 293 games, 26 preseason games, one state game, 2004 Premiership; 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 Best and Fairest, 2005 and 2007 All Australian.
Dean Cox (West Coast): 290 games, 25 preseason games, one state game, 2006 Premiership; 2008 Best and Fairest; 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 All Australian.
Nick Dal Santo (St Kilda and North Melbourne): 285 games, 20 preseason games, two international games 2005 and 2009, 2011 All Australian.
Corey Enright (Geelong): 288 games, 33 preseason games, one state game; 2007, 2009 and 2011 Premierships; 2009 and 2011 Best and Fairest; 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 All Australian.
Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda): 281 games, 23 preseason games, three international games 2002 and 2004; 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014 Best and Fairest; 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 Leading Goal Kicker; 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 (Captain), 2014 (Vice-Captain) All Australian; 2005, 2008-14 Club Captain. 2002 AFL Rising Star, 2004 AFLPA MVP.
Brenton Sanderson (Adelaide, Collingwood, Geelong): 209 games as a player with Adelaide, Collingwood and Geelong, 69 games as a coach with Adelaide, 28 preseason games as a player with Adelaide, Collingwood and Geelong, 11 preseason games as a coach with Adelaide, two international games as a player, 2001 Best and Fairest (Geelong).
Justin Schmitt (Umpire): 283 games and 29 preseason games as an umpire.
Brad Scott (Hawthorn, Brisbane Lions and /North Melbourne): 168 games as a player with Hawthorn and Brisbane Lions, 114 games as a coach with North Melbourne, 11 preseason games as a player with Brisbane, 14 preseason games as a coach with North Melbourne, two international games as a player, 2001 and 2002 Premierships (Brisbane Lions).
Source: Patrick Keane, AFL Media Release
Article last changed on Monday, February 02, 2015 - 8:57 AM EST