2010 BFL Hall of Fame Inductees

On Monday night 9th August 2010 the Ballarat FNL held its 2nd  “Hall of Fame” dinner in front of nearly 200 guests at the Ballarat Leagues Club, and all that attended considered the night an outstanding success !

The Ballarat FNL made the decision to create the Ballarat FNL Hall of Fame in 2008 to coincide with the 150th birthday of Australian Rules Football as it saw it as the perfect means of recognising some of the many greats that have taken part in the League since its inception.

The philosophy of the “Hall of Fame” is to discover and highlight the very best talent that has characterized football and netball in Ballarat, both on and off the field of play, since the official foundation of the league in 1893. The Ballarat FNL Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding players, coaches, administrators, media personalities and any others who have made a substantial and distinctive contribution to the promotion of the league.

The Ballarat FNL are thrilled that in 2010 we have been able to recognise some very deserving inductee’s into the Ballarat FNL Hall of Fame.

The 2010 Inductee’s are as follows:

John Orr

  • 122 junior games & 160 goals at North Ballarat Junior FC
  • 2 junior premierships - 1974 (U12) and 1977 (U16)
  • 267 Senior games (club record) & 540 goals at North Ballarat FC
  • 9 senior premierships – 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995 & 1996
  • 8 Ballarat FL representative games
  • 1 club senior (1996) and junior (U16-1978) best and fairest
  • Twice senior best and fairest runner up
  • North leading goal kicker 3 times – 1985, 1986, 1988
  • Life member of North Ballarat Football Club
  • North Ballarat Hall of Fame member
  • Member of the North Ballarat Team of the Century
  • Junior Committee 2002 - present
  • Senior committee 2006-2008
  • Under 16 North Ballarat Junior FC Coach 2001-2005 (Premierships in 2002, 2004 & 2005)
  • Under 15 North Ballarat Junior FC Coach 2007-2008
  • North Ballarat City FC Assistant Coach 2009
  • BFL Under 16.5 Coach of the Year 2005
  • John’s service currently spans 37 years.  

Peter Keil

  • 206 games with Golden Point FC
  • 4 Junior Best & Fairest Awards Golden Point JFC in 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1972
  • 8 Senior Best & Fairest Awards Golden Point FC in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 & 1992
  • Ballarat FL Henderson Medal – 1980 & 1987
  • 80 AFL games & 29 goals St Kilda FC & Melbourne FC 1982 – 1987
  • St Kilda FC Best & Fairest Award in 1982
  • Member of Melbourne FC AFL Night Premiership side in 1987
  • Captain / Coach of Golden Point FNC 1988 – 1992
  • Coach Beaufort FC in 1993
  • 16 Ballarat FL representative games (Capt in 1980)
  • Member of Ballarat FL VCFL Division 1 Championship side in 1981 & 1991
  • Ballarat FL premierships Golden Point FC 1980, 1981 & 1987
  • Life member Golden Point FC

Jim Murphy

  • Played for YCW Football Club & East Ballarat FC
  • Administrator with YCW & East Ballarat FC’s
  • Secretary Ballarat FL 1969 – 1972 inclus.
  • Ballarat FL Publicity Officer for in excess of 20 years
  • Chief Football Writer Ballarat Courier 1969 – 1999
  • Media Manager North Ballarat FC 1996 – 2001
  • Recruiting Officer St Kilda FC and Hawthorn FC 1970 – 1985
  • Tribunal Member – Ballarat FL
  • Life Member Ballarat FL
  • Received OAM in 2005 for services to sport
  • Recipient Australian Sports Medal for services to sport in 2000
  • Life Member Ballarat Sportsman’s Club
  • Member Sports Hall of Fame and Sports Museum

Michael Frawley

  • 123 Senior games Bungaree FC
  • 135 Senior Games East Ballarat FC (1976 – 1983)
  • 74 Senior games North Ballarat FC (1984 – 1987)
  • Total Senior Games: 332 – with 209 in Ballarat FL
  • Capt Bungaree FC Under 16 Premiership 1972
  • Bungaree FC (CHFL) Premierships in 1973 & 1976
  • Ballarat FL premierships Nth Ballarat FC 1984, 1985 & 1986
  • 29 Ballarat FL representative games (BFL record)
  • CHFL representative player in 1989
  • Member of Ballarat FL VCFL Division 1 Championship side in 1981, 1982, 1983 (Capt) & 1986
  • VCFL representative in 1982, 1983 (Captain) & 1985
  • Best & Fairest Awards Bungaree FC 1988 & East Ballarat FC in 1977, 1980 and 1981
  • Life Member Bungaree FC
  • Member East Ballarat FNC Team of the Century
  • Coach Bungaree FC in 1988 & 1989
  • Asst Coach North Ballarat FC 1984 – 1987 inclusive
  • Committee Member Bungaree FC
  • Capt St Patrick’s College 1st XV111 in 1974
  • Member St Patrick’s Team of the Century
  • Member Victorian State Superules representative side in 1992
  • Member of Ballarat Schoolboys side in 1972 – Runners Up in VCFL title
  • Over 40 years service to football in Ballarat region

Don Discher

o        161 senior games 1975 – 92

o        26 goals

o        Ballarat FC Senior Coach 1980 & 1985

o        6 times Greenfield Trophy winner (Ballarat FC Best & Fairest) - 1977, 85, 86, 87, 90, 91.

o        2 times Ballarat FC Henderson Medallist (BFL Best & Fairest) - 1977 & 1985.

o       Ballarat FL Premiership with Ballarat FC - 1988.

o        Ballarat FL Interleague representative 1980, 1981 & 1982 (Captain in 1981 & 1982)

o        Member of Ballarat FL VCFL Division 1 Championship side in 1981 & 1982 (Capt)

o        VCFL representative in 1981 & 1982 (Captain in 1982)

o        12 AFL games & 8 goals with St Kilda FC (1978 – 79)

o        Awarded Life membership Ballarat FC in  1988.

Val Stewart

  • Premiership player Redan FC (Under 21 competition) – 1927
  • Premiership player Ballarat Imperial FC in 1937
  • Premiership Coach Redan FC Under 17’s – 1943
  • Football Trainer Ballarat FC for 3 years
  • Football Trainer East Ballarat FC for 7 years
  • Head Trainer Redan FC from 1953 to 1982 - 29 years
  • Trainer Ballarat FL representative side for 30 years
  • 60 years involvement in football in Ballarat
  • Life member Redan FC, Ballarat FL & Ballarat & District Sports Trainers Association
  • Awarded British Empire Medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for services to sport 1981

Chris Parker

  • Over 420 games (250 Sebastopol FC) 
  • 7 Ballarat FL representative games
  • 4 Sebastopol FC Best & Awards in 1982, 1985, 1987 & 1997
  • Runner Up Sebastopol FC Best & Fairest 1993, 1994, 1998 & 2001
  • 2 Waubra FC Best & Fairest Awards in 1990 & 1992 (Runner up 1991)
  • CHFL League Senior Best & Fairest Award in 1992
  • 1 Rokewood Corindhap FC Best & Fairest Award in 1999
  • Coached Sebastopol FC in 1993 & 1994
  • Playing Coach of Beaufort FC Premiership side in CHFL in 1995
  • Coached CHFL representative side in 1996
  • Coached Lexton Plains FL representative side in 1997
  • Served 2 years as Board Member Sebastopol FC
  • BFL Junior Coach of the Year Under 16.5 in 2004
  • Sebastopol Junior FC Coaching Co Ordinator 2006 - 2008
  • Over 30 years service to the game in the Ballarat FNL and region

Jim Gull - ELEVATED TO LEGEND STATUS:

o        Played South Melbourne FC VFL/AFL - 1949 & 1950 - 21 games, 20 goals

o        Daylesford FC Premiership Captain / Coach 1961

o        Holds BFL Goal kicking Record - 159 goals in 1961,

o        BFL Record most goals in  game - 21 goals in 1961

o        BFL Leading Goal kicker 8 times - 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968

o        In total kicked 889 goals in Ballarat FL 

o        Kicked double figure tallies on 22 occasions

o        Ballarat FL Reserves Goalkicking Medal named in honour of Jim Gull

o        Won Lexton Football League goal kicking in 1969 & 1970

o        Toohey Medal (Wimmera FL Best & Fairest) 1953 

o        Wimmera FL Goalkicking Award - 1957

o        Southern Mallee League Best & Fairest - 1946

o        Played or coached successfully at Elaine FC, Daylesford FC, North Ballarat FC, Natte Bealiba FC

o        Ballarat Sportsman of the Year Award 1961

o        Played for 31 years, and approx 560 games

Ballarat FNL Chairman Mr Mick Toner in summing up the night said “It was a wonderful night celebrating the achievements and brilliant careers of the very deserving inductees into the Ballarat FNL Hall of Fame. Each in their own way served the league with distinction over many years, and have contributed to the league’s growth and success in many areas, and done so with dignity and honour. Each of the inductees earned the respect of all those they had dealings with, and we salute them !” 

 

For further details please contact Ballarat FL CEO Rod Ward on (B) 53 331 977 or (M) 0400 611 310, or via Email on rod@ballaratfl.com.au

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