The AFL will be holding their annual Life Membership and Jack Titus Award ceremony in early March. There are eight new inductees for their services to the game. Five inductees automatically qualified having reached 300 total AFL games: Trent Cotchin, Todd Goldstein, Josh J. Kennedy, Paddy Ryder and Steele Sidebottom. Lisa Hardeman, Bruce McAvaney and Eddie McGuire were awarded life membership for their ‘Special Services to the Game’. Peter Haby was awarded the Jack Titus Service Award for outstanding service to football as the Hawthorn Football Club Historian and Museum Curator. The AFL Commission confirmed their awards at a meeting late last year.
287 premiership games and 15 preseason games for Richmond.
Brownlow Medalist 2012
Premiership player 2017, 2019, 2020.
Best and fairest award 2011, 2012 and 2014
Club captain 2012-2021
State of Origin game 2020
295 premiership games and 19 preseason games for North Melbourne
Club best and fairest 2015
State of Origin game 2020
JOSH J KENNEDY
293 premiership games and 20 preseason games for West Coast and Carlton
Coleman Medalist 2015 and 2016 (AFL leading goalkicker
All Australian 2015 (VC), 2016, 2017 (VC)
Club leading goalkicker, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020
281 premiership games and 26 preseason games for Essendon, Port Adelaide and St Kilda
Club best and fairest 2017
International Rules 2017
289 premiership games and 25 preseason games for Collingwood
Club best and fairest 2017 and 2018
State of Origin game 2020
Lisa Hardeman has been involved in the game for over 40 years as a player, coach and administrator. She played 111 games for Fairfield in the Victorian Women’s Football League (VWFL). She won the Premier Division best and fairest award in 1989. Between 1992 and 1997, she represented Victoria (twice as captain) and played in five premierships. She captrained the Scorpions (1989, 1993 and 1994) and Darebin Falcons (1996), leading both clubs to premierships. She coached the Darebin Falcons (1997-2000) and Melbourne University (2001-2003, 2009) to multiple premierships and led the Victorian Representative team as coach from 2001 to 2004. She later served as president of the VWFL in 1989 and from 1997 until 2000. Lisa was the VWFL Secretary in 1996 and a member of the VWFL Advisory Board with AFL Victoria. Lisa’s football legacies include the Victorian Football League Women’s Grand Final Best on Ground award ‘The Lisa Hardeman Medal’ and the ‘Hansen-Hardeman Cup’ for AFLW matches between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. In 2022, Lisa was announced as the 2022 NAB AFLW Premiership Cup Ambassador. She has also served in the Victoria Police for 38 years and is currently the Commander in charge of the Priority and Safer Communities Division, being awarded the Australia Police Medal in the Australia Day Honors in 2018. She was inducted into the Victoria Police Sporting Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Victorian Honor Role of Women in 2019 for her service to Victoria Police and women playing football.
Known not only for his football commentary, Bruce has also called many other sports events, including the Olympics. He began his career with Channel Seven Adelaide in 1978 and became the leading SANFL caller. He crossed to the Ten Network in 1981 and was there until 1983 when he moved to Melbourne's Channel Seven. Bruce called more than 1,000 AFL games, comprising 20 Grand Finals which included a five-year period where Channel Seven did not have the broadcast rights. As the lead caller, he teamed up with Dennis Cometti. The duo were the main calling team. Bruce also hosted the Brownlow Medal ceremonies. In his 30-plus years, Bruce has called not only the Olympics, he has also called Commonwealth games, horse racing and tennis. His standing in the media is peerless.
What can be said about McGuire that has not been said before? A huge presence in the game, as a match commentator, the host of the renowned Footy Show (1994-2005) as well as a number of radio shows and, of course, president of Collingwood. He took over the job in 1998 when the club had just over 27,000 members. His efforts saw that membership grow to over 85,000 in 2019. While the crowning glory was the 2010 AFL Premiership, Eddie played a key role in progressing the club and growing it from a single men’s football team to a club of eight teams: men's and women's football teams a netball team, and a wheelchair and community football team to ensure a broader and more inclusive club. He oversaw the club's move form the antiquated Victoria Park in 1999 to the MCG, and finally the entire club's operations and training facilities to Olympic Park in the center of Melbourne's sports district in 2004. The club’s community programs, particularly the Magpie Nest homelessness initiative and the Barrawarn First Nations training program, were Eddie’s passionate interests.
JACK TITUS RECOGNITION OF SERVICE AWARD
The Jack Titus Award is named in honor of Jack ‘Skinny’ Titus, who scored 970 goals in 294 matches for Richmond between 1926 and 1943.Peter Haby, Hawthorn Football Club’s Historian and Museum Curator, was awarded this year’s Jack Titus Award. Peter has also volunteered for 45 years of service to the Australian Football History Group.
1978 – Began Hawthorn FC research at MCC, VFL and State Libraries.
1984 – Joined club’s history group to assist Harry Gordon with the publication of ‘The Hard Way’, completed in 1990
1992 – Foundation member of Hawks Forever, the Historical Committee of HFC as historian and curator
1993 – First historical day presentation of HFC Family Day
1994 – Hawk Museum opened
1996 – Member of the Operation Payback Steering Committee.
1999 – Retired from schoolwork to become a full-time volunteer at Hawthorn
2000 – Co-organized the first Life Members Day and did so until 2007, when the club took responsibility. Australian Sports Medal recipient for services to Australian Football
2001 – Awarded club life membership. First book published - ‘We Are Hawthorn the pictorial history of the HFC’.
2003 – Hall of Fame Committee foundation member. Formed the Past Player database, gathering the details and addresses of more than 500 players, from the 816 to have represented the club. Only 19 players in the club's history are unaccounted for
2005 – Creation of the 80-year exhibit to celebrate the club’s entry to the VFL/AFL
2006 – First Club exhibitions held at the Queen Victoria Museum and Launceston Art Gallery
2007 – Appointed Club Historian and Museum Curator
2008 – Published his second book – ‘Mud Muscle & Blood the Story of the 1957 Hawks’ with Richard Allsop. Held 50th-anniversary function for the first finals appearance with the 1957 team
2010 – Developed all club displays at Waverley Park, honor boards etc from previous locations at Glenferrie
2011 – Third book published, ‘Gold & Brown Jubilee the Story of the ‘61 Hawks’ with Richard Allsop
2013 – Hawks Museum achieves museum accreditation with Museums Australia
2014 – Received Life Membership to the Australian Football Heritage Group, Second Club exhibitions held at the Queen Victoria Museum and Launceston Art Gallery
2019 – Gained re-accreditation with Museums Australia. Hawthorn has the only accredited museum open to the public
2020 – Fourth book ‘Kennedy’s Commandos the Story of the ’71 Hawks’ was co-written with Richard Allsop & Rachel Bradshaw
2021-22 – Cataloguing and reviewing the John Kennedy Snr and Graham Arthur collections that have been donated to the club
Source: Caleb Scanlon, AFL Media Release
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