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In early February, the AFL announced the next inductees for life membership and the Jack Titus Award, which is given annually for service to the game. The awards and the memberships will be officially presented at the league's AGM in March.

Eight players, coaches and umpires qualified by reaching a total of 300 games during the 2021 season - Western Bulldogs Coach Luke Beveridge, former Hawk and Lion Grant Birchall, Gold Coast Coach Stuart Dew, Geelong champion Patrick Dangerfield, Richmond champion Shane Edwards, Hawk and Sydney champion Josh Kennedy, and umpires Jacob Mollison and Robert Findlay. Others being honored are former Western Bulldogs President Peter Gordon, former Norwood Football Club player and SANFL administrator Phil Gallagher and Geelong Football Club administrator Stephen Wells.

Paul Briggs was awarded the Jack Titus Service Award for outstanding service to football as the founding President of the Rumbalara Football Netball Club. Rumbarlara is an indigenous club in the Murray Football League in northern Victoria. It was founded in 1997 and originally played in the Goulburn Valley League in central Victoria but was admitted to the Murray League when Goulburn folded at the end of 2005.

The records for each person are listed below:

PLAYERS and UMPIRES

LUKE BEVERIDGE

118 games and 16 preseason games for Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, and St Kilda, 107 goals, 160 premiership games and nine preseason games as Western Bulldogs Senior Coach, Premiership Coach for Western Bulldogs, 2016, All Australian Coach, 2016

GRANT BIRCHALL

287 games and 17 preseason games for Hawthorn and Brisbane, 37 goals
International Rules games 2014, 2015
Hawthorn premierships 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015
All Australian, 2012

STUART DEW

206 games and 23 preseason games for Port Adelaide and Hawthorn, 293 goals
83 games as Gold Coat Sun Senior Coach
Premiership player 2004 (PA), 2008. (Haw)
PA Leading Goalkicker 2002 (51 goals)

PATRICK DANGERFIELD

285 games and 19 preseason games for Adelaide and Geelong Cats, 324 goals
All Australian 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (Vice Captain), 2019, 2020 (Captain)
International Rules games 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017
Geelong Best and Fairest 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
State of Origin game, 2020
Brownlow Medalist 2016
Club Captain 2014

SHANE EDWARDS

281 games and 22 preseason games for Richmond,187 goals
Premierships 2017, 2019, 2020
All Australian 2018
State of Origin game 2020

JOSH KENNEDY

279 games and 24 preseason games for Hawthorn and Sydney, 166 goals
All Australian 2012, 2014, 2016
Club Captain, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Premiership 2012
Club Best and Fairest 2012, 2015, 2016

JACOB MOLLISON

282 games, 20 preseason games and one AFLW game as field umpire
AFL Grand Final 2021
7 AFL Finals

ROBERT FINDLEY

279 games, 20 preseason games and one AFLW game as field umpire
11 AFL Finals

SERVICE QUALIFICATIONS

PETER GORDON

President at Western Bulldogs, 1989 – 1996, 2012 – 2020

Key Achievements - First period as President:
A key figure in the development of the national league, with his advocacy for all clubs, but in particular for the transformation of the Western Bulldogs, from the most challenging period in the club’s history to its current position as a strong club in the AFL competition. Helped save the club from a merger with Fitzroy in 1989 through the famous Fightback campaign

Key Achievements - Second period as President:
The eradication of significant debt, the building of a solid asset base, the return of a Footscray team to the VFL. the introduction of AFLW and VFLW teams, the club's exit from the Edgewater project and from the gaming industry, the creation of the club's men’s and women's health programs, the partnership with the City of Ballarat to bring AFL football to that city, the strengthening of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, premierships in the AFL, AFLW and VFL
Peter also served on numerous AFL steering committees and key groups, for the wider benefit of the competition, including the AFL Commission- Club President Emergency Advisory group through the initial stages of Covid-19 from March 2020, when the competition had to negotiate major changes to all key agreements within the game

PHIL GALLAGHER

Norwood Football Club, player and administrator
300 Games (292 Norwood, and state games for South Australia); 216 goals
Norwood premierships 1975, 1978, 1982, 1984
Captain of Norwood 1981 and 1982
When he retired, he was the longest-serving player in Norwood history
Selected in the Norwood Team of the Century (wing)
Norwood Board & Football Committee 199-0 - 1999
Norwood Chairman 1996 - 1999
League Director 1995 1999
Inaugural Member of Norwood Hall of Fame (Inducted 2006); SANFL Hall Fame
SANFL (administrator)
Longest serving Non-Executive Commissioner in history 2000 -2021 (ongoing)
Chairman of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee 2000 - 2021 (ongoing)
Deputy Chairman 2016 - 2021(ongoing)
Oversaw all budget approvals and funding of the AFL clubs Adelaide and Port Adelaide 2000 - 2014
Developed the original financial plan for the move from West Lakes to Adelaide Oval to illustrate that all parties SANFL, the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide would be better off
Sat on the 3-person sub-committee that evaluated the development proposals for the successful ongoing sale of the West Lakes property for greater than $70 million
Adelaide Oval - Appointed to the original Board of the Adelaide Oval Stadium Authority Management Ltd (AOSMA) in 2009 and continues to serve now

STEPHEN WELLS

1976 - 1977: played for the Geelong Amateur club in the VAFA, represented the VAFA vs TAFL
1977 - 1978: played for Ocean Grove in the Bellarine League and was a representative for the league team
1979 - 1980: played for Geelong West in teh VFA and represented the VFA vs the NTFL and SANFL
1981 - 1982: played for West Adelaide in the SANFL
1983: played for Southport in the QAFL and was a premiership player that year
1984 - 1985: played for Echuca in the Goulburn Valley League and was a league representative
1984: began working with the Geelong Cats
1984 - 1985: Country Zone Development Officer based in Echuca
1986 - 1990: Development Officer in Geelong and Under-19s assistant coach
1991-1993: Assistant Football Manager and Role in Recruiting
1994 - present: Recruiting & List Manager
1998: Recruiting Manager & General Manager Football Department
2004: Life member of Geelong
2008: Member of the AFL’s List Development Committee for the establishment of the Gold Coast Suns and GWS
2009: RJ Hickey award for outstanding service to football
2013 - present: Member, Honoring the Past Committee
2015 - present: AFL’s Player Movement Advisory Group
2019: AFL Coaches Association Neale Daniher Lifetime Achievement Award

Through the roles held at Geelong, Wells has sat on various committees. In his time, the club has reached eight Grand Finals, including three premierships, and has seen three Brownlow Medalists, three Norm Smith Medalists, a NAB AFL Rising Star and multiple All Australian players

JACK TITUS AWARD

Jack Titus was a champion Richmond forward 1926 to 1943. He played 294 games and kicked 970 goals in his career. He set a then league record of 204 consecutive games which was later broken by Melbourne ruckman Jim Stynes. He held various positions with Richmond and the league after he retired. The award was instituted in 1977, the year of his passing and was awarded to him posthumously

PAUL BRIGGS

Paul Briggs has been a tireless advocate for First Nations people within the game of Australian Football. As a Yorta Yorta Elder, his commitment and tenacity to improving outcomes for First Nations people through sport with the Rumbalara Football and Netball Club has been acknowledged. Before his off-field roles, he played 500 games for regional Victoria.

ACHIEVEMENTS

1983 - 1984: helped with the founding of the Rumbalara Football and Netball club
1989: Rumbalara became a registered sporting club
1997: Rumbalara entered Division Two of the Goulburn Valley Football League. Rumbalara has since won a total of 22 grand finals and pennants across various football and netball divisions. AFL players Jarrod Harbrow, Jy Simpkin, Sean Charles, Chris Egan, Allan and Derek Murray and Nathan Lovett-Murray are some who have come from that club.
2006: awarded Australia's OAM honor
2015: appointed inaugural chair of the AFL Indigenous Advisory Council

He has served as Rumbalara's president and secretary for over 24 years. He is Executive Chair of the Kaiela Institute, a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Treaty Working Group, executive member of the Gana Burrai Committee, supports First Nations and community people through Rumbalara including educational initiatives such as completing University PhDs and the creation of the Academy of Sport Health and Education in partnership with the University of Melbourne and GoTafe.

Source: afl.com.au, AFL Record Season Guide

Article last changed on Wednesday, February 09, 2022 - 3:02 PM EST


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