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In mid-January, the AFL presented their annual life memberships to eight recipients. Five players and umpires were automatic recipients for having reached 300 games during the 2018 season: Ray Chamberlain, Lance Franklin, David Mundy, Scott Pendlebury and Heath Shaw. The other three were North Melbourne Team of the Century member and former North Melbourne CEO John Dugdale for Special Service to the Game, Richmond Team of the Century member and long-time Essendon Recruiting Manager Merv Keane, and SANFL Hall of Fame Inductee and Life Member Wally Miller.

Bill Hector was awarded the Jack Titus Service Award for outstanding service to football, for his 50 years’ service to the Western Bulldogs in various roles starting as a Timekeeper in 1969 to most recently being the Club’s Senior Doorman.

AFL CEO will offer his personal congratulations to each of the recipients at the official season launch in March.The records for each of the life members are:

Life Members:

Ray Chamberlain

293 senior games umpired. 28 preseason games, two International Rules games in 2011

Lance Franklin

182 games for Hawthorn 2005-13, kicking 580 goals
108 games for the Sydney Swans 2014-18, kicking 337goals
Two premierships with Hawthorn 2008, 2013
Coleman Medallist 2008 (102), 2011 (71), 2014 (67), 2017 (69)
All-Australian 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 (Captain)
Club Leading Goalkicker 2007 (73), 2008 (113), 2009 (67), 2010 (64), 2011 (82), 2012 (69), 2014 (79), 2015 (47), 2016 (81), 2017 (73), 2018 (57)
Club Best and Fairest 2008
One International Rules game 2013
One State game for the Dream Team 2008
24 preseason games for Hawthorn and the Sydney Swans

David Mundy

294 games for Fremantle 2005-18, kicking 129 goals
21 preseason games
2 International Rules games 2006, 2015
Club Best and Fairest 2010
All-Australian 2015
Captain 2016

Scott Pendlebury

277 games for Collingwood 2006-18, kicking 166 goals
Premiership 2010
Norm Smith Medal 2010 (Grand Final best on ground)
All-Australian 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Club Best and Fairest 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Anzac Medallist 2010, 2011
One State game for Victoria 2008
Two International Rules games 2008, 2017
23 preseason games for Collingwood
Captain 2014 – 2018

Heath Shaw

173 games for Collingwood 2005-13, kicking 37 goals
109 games for the GWS Giants 2014-18, kicking 2 goals
Premiership 2010
All-Australian 2015, 2016
Club Best and Fairest 2015
Michael Tuck Medal 2011 (preseason Grand Final best on ground)
Anzac Medal 2007
One State game for Victoria 2008
26 preseason games for Collingwood and the GWS

John Dugdale

248 games for North Melbourne (VFL), 1955-70
Four State games for Victoria
Club Best and Fairest 1968
Club Leading Goalkicker 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
All-Australian 1958
Captain 1968-70
Team of the Century, Forward Pocket
North Melbourne Match Committee Chairman 1976-81
North Melbourne CEO 1980-84
Coburg (VFA) senior coach 1973-75
VFL Television Broadcaster 1971-75

Merv Keane

236 games for Richmond (VFL), 1972-84.
3 x Premiership Player 1973, 1974, 1980.
Team of the Century, Half Back Flank
Sturt (SANFL) senior coach 1985-88
Essendon reserves coach 1989-91
Western Jets (TAC Cup) coach 1992-94 and 2001-02
Calder Cannons (TAC Cup) coach 1995
Williamstown (VFA) coach 1996
Essendon AFL Recruiting Manager 2007-18
AFL Under 18 All Australian Team Selector 2008-18

Wally Miller

64 games for Norwood (SANFL), 1958-61
Secretary Manager & Football Director of Norwood, 1970-92
Norwood Match Committee, 1974-96 (premierships 1975, 78, 82, 84)
Norwood Life Member. One of Five Official Club Legends
Adelaide Crows (AFL) Club Director, 1997-2002
SANFL sub-committee, 1970-99
SANFL League Delegate, 1972-74 and 1980
SANFL Development committee, 1972-87 and 1993-99
SANFL Match/Permit committee, 1991-93
SANFL Life Member, SANFL Hall of Fame Inductee

Jack Titus Award:

Bill Hector

Volunteer in various roles at Footscray/Western Bulldogs since 1969, 50 years' service:
1969-95, Assistant Timekeeper
1995-1999, Senior Timekeeper
2000-10, AFL Timekeeper
1984-99, Secretary/Treasurer VFL/AFL Timekeepers Association
2000-18, Assistant Property Steward
2006-08, Match Day Assistant
2009, Assistant Doorman
2010-18, Senior Doorman
Western Bulldogs Life Member

In other AFL news, umpire Scott Jeffery has announced his retirement. Jeffery, 41, made his AFL umpiring debut in 2001, and has umpired 325 matches, including 13 finals. He was an umpire in the 2016 Grand Final, an achievement that took place after umpiring 300 AFL matches.

AFL Umpiring Head Coach Hayden Kennedy thanked Jeffery on behalf of the senior list for his dedication to the game and also wished him all the best for the future. Kennedy said Jeffrey worked very hard and dedicated much time to the umpiring community. He also said of Jeffrey,

Scott worked extremely hard and dedicated a great deal of his time to the AFL Umpiring community and that is something we will always be grateful for,” Kennedy said. Kennedy also said, “His commitment to the game over the years is to be applauded and to have umpired over 300 games before umpiring in a Grand Final is a testament to his commitment. He will be greatly missed among the umpires ...".

Source: Nadine Rabah, AFL Media Release

Article last changed on Monday, February 04, 2019 - 9:43 PM EST

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