Hall of Fame

The Glenelg Football Club Hall of Fame commenced in 2001, when 25 former champions were inducted. On an irregular basis further inductees have been added and currently there are 43 members of the Hall of Fame.

Glenelg’s Hall of Fame recognises and enshrines players who have made a significant contribution to the Glenelg Football Club since its entry into the SANFL in 1921. A candidate’s individual record, ability, integrity, sportsmanship and character are taken into account.

Inductees

Mel Brock

1932-42. 166 games, 60 goals
Magarey Medallist 1940
Best and fairest 1935, 1940
2 State games

Played most of his career as a skilful and determined centre half-back. A straight-ahead, desperate-to-get-the-ball footballer who starred in the Bays’ 1934 premiership win, Brock played every position except wing in winning the Magarey Medal in 1940.

 

Jim Handby

1925-32. 123 games
Captain-coach 1926-27, 1930-32
Best and fairest 1925, 1929
Magarey Medallist 1928, Runner-up 1929
29 State games
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

A powerful, rugged, straight-ahead half-back, who was outstanding in Glenelg’s first win in his first game with the club in 1925. Never sacrificed an inch of ground and always proceeded towards the goal by the shortest possible route. His ability was emphasised by the fact he did not miss a State match between 1924-30.

 

Jack Owens

1924-35. 177 games, 827 goals
Premiership captain 1934
Club leading goalkicker 1924 (49), 1925 (30), 1926 (64), 1927 (80), 1928 (83), 1929 (72), 1930 (99), 1931 (78), 1932 (102) and 1934 (89)
SANFL leading goalkicker 1927-28, 1932. Kicked 10 goals in a game 10 times. Best 13 v Port and South in successive games in 1932
9 State games, 26 goals
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

Owens made up for a lack of height and weight with great anticipation and judgement and an uncanny ability to time his leap. His left-foot screw punts were long and straight. He was continually handed out rough treatment with two or three opponents competing with him for marks but he still consistently managed to kick bags of goals.

 

Len Sallis

1924-35. 172 games, 38 goals
Best and Fairest 1926, 1930-31, 1933-34
Magarey Medal runner-up 1931, 1933
Captain 1928. 13 State games, 14 goals
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

Sallis was instrumental in building fighting spirit at Glenelg and helping it to its first premiership. Mel Brock said it was “a crime” he did not win a Magarey Medal. A classy centreman who at the 1930 interstate Carnival in Adelaide was voted Most Useful Man in the South Australian team and third-best player in the Carnival.

 

Ted Robjent

1938-50
150 games
29 goals
Best and fairest 1947

Strong, gutsy half-back. His ability to make position, pounce on the ball in open spaces and deliver it to the best advantage was described as reminiscent of rugged Port Adelaide champion Allan “Bull” Reval, who said of Robjent: “I was a cream puff footballer compared to Teddy Robjent.”

 

George “Blue” Johnston

1927-40, 203 games, 161 goals
Best and fairest 1932, 1936-37
Magarey Medallist 1934
16 State games, 14 goals
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

Hard-as-nails ruckman with a pair of hands like a vice, who was one of the most spectacular high-fliers SA football has produced. Won the Magarey Medal in Glenelg’s 1934 premiership year but a knee injury prevented him training in the week of the grand final. Despite that, he still played an heroic game, his towering mark on the goal-line in the last quarter sealing the flag.

 

Arthur Link

1929-39. 167 games, 280 goals
Third in Magarey Medal 1932
1 State game, 3 goals

Low-to-the-ground rover who thrived on picking up the crumbs. Dashing, elusive and always determined to get in and get the ball, his pace was a key to Glenelg’s 1934 grand final win. Link and champion full forward Jack Owens were young Tiger fan Colin Churchett’s heroes in the 1930’s. “He was a fearless, socks-down player who would run all day and was good around the goals, kicking screw punts or drop kicks equally well”, Churchett said.

 

Marcus Boyall

1940-43, 1948
49 games, 79 goals
Magarey Medallist 1941
Best and fairest 1941
1 State game
Captain-Coach 1940
Coach 1960

A 6 ft 3 inch ruckman with remarkable pace and a spectacular leap for the ball at centre bounces and boundary throw-ins. Before being recruited by the Bays he had finished equal third in the 1938 Brownlow Medal with Collingwood, with which he played 50 games as a tough centre half-back.

 

Allan Crabb

1942-56
236 games, 177 goals
Best and fairest 1949
Magarey Medallist 1949
Runner-up 1950
Tomkins Medallist for best and fairest in under-19s 1941
Leading goalkicker 1946 (20)
Captain 1949, 1955-56
20 State games

 

Don Hewett

1954-62
121 games
83 goals
Best and fairest 1962
4 State games

A centreman/wingman with outstanding ability and pace who could have been just about anything but for persistent knee injuries. Doug Long described him as an ‘out-and-out champion’. His courage was legendary at the Bay. He played despite many serious injuries and was able to star despite them. In 1962 he carried a shoulder injury but still starred in South Australia’s three State games. Against Victoria at Adelaide Oval Hewett was South Australia’s best, dominating the centre against Collingwood’s Ken Turner.

 

Colin Churchett

1943-54, 186 games, 556 goals
Club leading goalkicker 1947 (66), 1948 (88), 1949 (72), 1950 (105), 1951 (102), 1953 (74)
SANFL leading goalkicker 1948-51
Best – 13 goals v South 1949
7 State games, 30 goals
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

A full forward who seemed to have a sixth sense where the goals were to such an extent that a freakish snap at first would appear a fluke – but he could do it time after time. The only SANFL footballer to kick 100 goals in a season between 1941 and 1969 – and he did it twice. He could snap with either foot and was the first man to consistently kick goals from the boundary line with the checkside punt.

 

Neil Davies

1951-54, 1956-59, 1961-63
144 games, 97 goals
Best and fairest 1953, 1956
Magarey Medal runner-up 1953
Captain 1957
Captain-coach 1958-59
Leading goalkicker 1956 (23)
20 State games, 11 goals
State captain 1957-58
All-Australian 1953
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

Made such a stunning start to his league career in 1951 he played for South Australia after just three league games. In his third season he was an All-Australian and he continued to prove himself at the highest level in 20 State matches. A player with electrifying pace, he was the first Glenelg player to captain South Australia. Colin Richens called him “the best”. A player with a great leap, only serious knee injuries stopped him being remembered as one of South Australia’s greatest champions. As captain-coach he led Glenelg to the 1959 preliminary final after winning The Advertiser Cup night competition.

 

Ray Hunt

1936-52. 206 games, 36 goals
Best and fairest 1939, 1946
1946 Magarey Medal runner-up
8 State games

Immortalised as a consistent, rebounding full back with uncanny judgment and penetrating drop kick. Bull Reval described him as “a wizard for his dimensions…he was only light”. Johnny Taylor said Hunt marshalled the defence together “like a master”. While awaiting his RAAF posting in Melbourne in 1943 he played six games for Richmond, playing at half-back in the Tigers’ memorable five-point grand final victory against Essendon.

 

Neil Kerley

1967-69. 59 games, 37 goals
Best and fairest 1967
Captain-coach 1967-69
Premiership coach 1973
Coach 1967-76
Great of Glenelg
In Australian Football Hall of Fame
32 State games
South Australian captain 1959, 1960-62, 1965-66
West Adelaide 149 games
South Adelaide 57 games
Third 1961 Magarey Medal (West), second 1965 Magarey Medal (South)
Best-on-ground in West’s 1961 grand final win
All-Australian 1961
Coached West to 1961 and 1983 premierships, South to 1964 premiership
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

An inspirational leader who, as captain-coach, transformed Glenelg from more-or-less a “social club” to one of the most powerful football clubs in the country. As a player he was a real “big game” performer, totally fearless and always dedicated to winning the hard ball and the match. His toughness and courage was epitomised by his starring with a broken jaw – stuck together with some chewing gum – against Central District in 1968.

 

Graham Cornes

1967-82. 317 games, 347 goals
Best and fairest 1968, 1972, 1974
Leading goalkicker 1977 (72)
Captain 1978
Coach 1985-90
21 State games, 22 goals. South Australian captain 1978
Great of Glenelg
1979 Simpson Medallist
1980 Tassie Medallist – best player in State carnival
All-Australian 1979-80
All-Australian coach 1987-88
North Melbourne 5 games, 10 goals 1979
South Adelaide 47 games 1983-84
1973 premiership ruck-rover
1985-86 premiership coach
Had 6-2 win-loss record as South Australian coach in State-of-Origin games against Victoria
Inaugural Adelaide coach 1991-94, taking Crows to 3rd in 1993
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002
Inducted into Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2012

From his first game against Sturt in 1967 it was obvious this spindly blonde had star quality. One of the most spectacular high marks in South Australian football history, he had all the skills and when it came to the crunch was at his best as with his classic mark and goal in the dying moments of the 1973 grand final.

 

Harry Kernahan

1959-71
176 games, 146 goals
Leading goal kicker 1960 (29)
Captain 1964-65
10 State games
Great of Glenelg

Loping ruckman who was an expert palmer. His determination and courage was shown by the way he played on with a broken collarbone in South Australia’s win against Western Australia in Perth in 1962. His influence on Glenelg was enormous as in his reign as secretary-general manager the Tigers won three premierships.

Doug Long

1962-69
135 games, 124 goals
Captain-coach 1962-63
7 State games
Geelong 73 games, 52 goals

A ruckman with height (6ft, 4inch), pace and tenacity, he made his VFL debut with Geelong at 17 and starred in the 1961 night grand final win against North Melbourne. Was chosen to play for Victoria but missed out with a broken finger. Signed by Glenelg for the 1962 season, when Geoff Motley was refused a clearance by Port Adelaide to coach the Bays, ended up captain-coach, aged just 21.

Laurie Rosewarne

1965-73
169 games
1 State game

Described by Neil Kerley as a “super clubman and a super player” on the wing, in the centre or defence, he was a player to be relied upon.

His father Clem, uncle Reg and brother Geoff also played at league level for the Bays while Laurie’s influence extended much further than the footy field. He now is chairman of the past players and officials committee and Hall of Fame selection committee. Previously he was assistant secretary, youth coaching director and from 1987-92 general manager.

 

Kevin Abley

1954-64
174 games, 96 goals
Leading goalkicker 1957 (41)
1 State game

A relentless, hard and versatile player who was outstanding at either end of the ground but is best remembered as a quality full back.

 

Colin Richens

1957-68
209 games, 210 goals
Best and fairest 1959, 1961, 1963, 1966
Captain 1960
Leading goalkicker 1960 (29), 1962 (29)
12 State games, 4 goals
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

A rover who was quick off the mark, had superb ball skills and uncanny anticipation, which often allowed him to snare the ball from opposition ruckmen. A fiery red-head he won State selection as a rover, then later in his career as a back pocket.

 

Kerry Hamilton

1967-75
122 games, 100 goals
Best and fairest 1973 (premiership year)

A silky-skilled player who was the best centreman in the State in Glenelg’s stunning 1973 campaign. He anticipated where the ball was going, took it cleanly and fed it out immaculately.

 

Fred Phillis

1966-78. 275 games, 869 goals (club record)
Leading goalkicker 1968 (30), 1969 (137), 1970 (107), 1971 (102), 1972 (75), 1975 (128), 1976 (104)
SANFL leading goalkicker 1969-71, 1975-76
Magarey Medallist 1969
10 goals in a game 9 times
10 State games, 26 goals
1973 premiership full forward
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

Strong-leading and powerful-marking, he was the first full forward to win a Magarey Medal (only Port’s Scott Hodges has done it since). On his day he was unstoppable, as he was when he booted a club record 18.6 against Central District in 1975.

 

Peter Marker

1967-78. 239 games, 170 goals
Best and fairest 1971
Captain 1971-77
Premiership captain 1973
Magarey Medal runner-up 1971, 1975
15 State games, 17 goals
South Australian captain 1971-73, 1975

His courage and desperation to get in and get the ball were hallmarks of his game. Highly-skilled and one of Glenelg’s great leaders, his class shone through with his third placing for the Tassie Medal in the 1972 State Carnival.

 

Rex Voigt

1967-79
257 games, 258 goals
Best and fairest 1970
1 State game

Energetic rover who fearlessly bore into packs to win the ball, he kicked seven goals in the winning grand final against North Adelaide in 1973. He proceeded to become one of the best back pocket players around, arguably being best-on-ground in the 1975 grand final.

 

Wayne Phillis

1967-77. 218 games, 90 goals
5 State games
1973 premiership centre half-back
Norwood 38 games (including 1978 premiership)

Whole-hearted, strong and aggressive, Kerley said he was “a tremendous player to rely on in a tough situation”. As a key defender he made life very difficult for the opposition’s main danger player.

Neville Caldwell

1970-81
265 games, 258 goals
1 State game
1973 premiership Forward pocket/ruckman

Versatile, highly-skilled and quick for his size (6ft 3inches), he was a consistent player for 12 seasons and a key member of the 1973 premiership team.

 

Brian Colbey

1966-76. 210 games
All-Australian 1969
11 State games
1973 premiership half-back

Always willing to back his judgment, this rebounding half-back “had that incredible knack of getting the footy… he was rarely beaten”, according to Kerley. Proved his class at the highest level and in the toughest games.

 

John MacFarlane

1971-87. 306 games
1 State game
Wingman 1973 premiership

Made his impact as a speedy, skilful and gutsy wingman in Glenelg’s “unbeatable” 1973 team, then showed his courage, resilience and determination by coming back from countless injuries and setbacks to complete a wonderful 300 game career.

 

Paul Weston

1973-82, 196 games, 177 goals
Best and fairest 1976, 1980
Third in Magarey Medal 1976, 1979, 1981
Captain 1979-82
13 State games
South Australian captain 1981-82
Fos Williams Medallist 1982
West Torrens 49 games, Norwood 23 games. Essendon 60 games, 12 goals
Premierships 1984-85
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

A Player with all the skills and a wonderful football brain who could play in any key position and dominate, he always seemed to have so much time to do anything. He also had a booming kick – who could forget his winning torpedo punt goal in the dying seconds against Norwood in 1982?

 

John Seebohm

1978-92, 319 games, 220 goals
Leading goalkicker 1987 (89)
Premiership full forward 1986

Remembered mostly as a resolute, reliable centre half-back, he showed his versatility and skills by booting 89 goals from full forward in 1987. A wonderful and resilient clubman.

 

Chris McDermott

1981-96, 276 games, 184 goals
Best and fairest 1986-88
Captain 1989-90
Premiership rover 1985-86
Fos Williams Medallist 1987
Simpson Medallist 1987
Adelaide 66 games, 19 goals
Captain 1991-94
Best and fairest 1992
All Australian 1986-87, 1992
15 State games
State captain 1988, 1990-95
North Adelaide 10 games 1997
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

His courage, desperation, ability to read the play, get his hands on the ball and set up team-mates and remarkable toughness are legendary at Glenelg. In the club’s glory years of the late 1980’s he not surprisingly was known as the “heart of the Bay”.

 

David Holst

1975-85, 190 games, 109 goals

Tough, determined, straight-ahead midfielder who could take a spectacular mark and added steel to the skilful sides of John Halbert.

 

Ross Gibbs

1984-94, 253 games, 116 goals.
Premiership back pocket 1985-86
Outstanding in 1985 grand final
1 State game

So cool he appeared almost casual but he was wonderfully skilled and as a back pocket he could turn defence into attack with his rebounding style and spectacular marking. When the going was tough early in the 1985 grand final, with North Adelaide on top, he kept the Tigers in the game.

 

Scott Salisbury

1983-92, 241 games, 69 goals
Captain 1991-92
All-Australian 1987
7 State games
Premiership player 1985-86

One of Glenelg’s toughest, most desperate and committed footballers, he gave everything for the Tigers and at his peak was one of the first players selected for State duties. Dubbed the “Pocket Battleship” he was a key reason for Glenelg’s dominance in the mid-to-late 1980’s and he was one of the greatest clubmen you could see.

 

Tony Hall

1983-87, 1995, 103 games, 151 goals
Leading goalkicker 1986 (73)
Jack Oatey Medallist in 1986 grand final win
Half-back in 1985 premiership
All- Australian 1988
Hawthorn 97 games, 144 goals
Fourth in Brownlow Medal 1988
Premierships 1988, 1991

He had the uncanny ability to mark balls he seemed to have no right to claim. When Stephen Kernahan headed for Carlton in 1986 Glenelg’s premiership chances seemingly had gone too. But Hall slipped into centre half-forward and booted six goals in a match winning grand final display.

 

Stephen Kernahan

1981-85, 136 games, 290 goals
Best and fairest 1983-85
Leading goalkicker 1983 (56), 1984 (56)
Jack Oatey Medallist in 1985 grand final (seven goals)
Leading vote getter in 1983 Magarey Medal but ineligible due to suspension (polled 44 votes to North’s Tony Antrobus’s 35)
Fos Williams Medallist 1984, 1988
Kicked 10 goals against Victoria 1984
16 State games, 51 goals
South Australian captain 1996
All-Australian 1985, 1986-90, 1992, 1994
Carlton 251 games, 738 goals (club record)
Club’s leading goalkicker 11 years in a row from 1986
Carlton best and fairest 1987 (premiership year), 1989, 1992
226 games as captain (VFL/AFL) record
Premiership captain 1987, 1995
2001 Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

He had everything. The height, the physique, the marking ability that was second to none, the long accurate kick, the big-game temperament, the leadership… how many premierships would he have helped the Tigers to if he had played in the days before Victorian clubs lured our best talent away?

 

Tony McGuinness

1981-85, 1998, 113 games, 200 goals
Magarey Medallist 1982
Best and fairest 1985
Premiership rover 1985
Coach 1998-2000
Footscray 109 games, 108 goals
Best and fairest 1987
Adelaide 113 games, 79 goals
Captain 1995-96
Best and fairest 1993
All-Australian 1987-88, 1990, 1992-93
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

Exploded on to the scene with an outstanding game from the bench in the 1981 grand final and caused a sensation in a tremendous 1982 season by becoming the youngest winner of the Magarey Medal at just 18. Had explosive pace and also could run all day, had a booming left-foot kick for his size and booted countless team-lifting goals on the run and from “impossible” angles.

 

Kym Hodgeman

1974-80, 1986-90, 244 games, 412 goals
Best and fairest 1977-78, 1989
Leading goalkicker 1978 (51) 1979 (32)
Magarey Medallist 1978
Reserves Magarey Medallist 1974
Third in Magarey Medal 1980
Premiership player 1986
9 State games
All-Australian 1979
North Melbourne 91 games, 133 goals
Best and fairest 1984
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002

Neil Kerley knew very quickly this tiny rover was “special” when he ran the wrong way straight into a charging pack of Port Adelaide players and grabbed a mark. He had electric pace and agility, skill, courage, persistence and was lethal around the goals. After a very successful stint with North Melbourne, he returned to the Bay to fulfil a lifelong dream and play in the Tigers’ 1986 premiership.

 

Nick Chigwidden

1987-2000, 293 games, 257 goals
Best and fairest 1991-94
Captain 1993-2000 (longest serving Glenelg captain)
Magarey Medal runner-up 1993 and 1999
2 State games

An ultra-determined, competitive, fearless rover and inspirational leader, Chiggy for many years after the arrival of the Crows in SA football remained the heart and soul of the Glenelg Football Club. Tony Symonds, Chigwidden’s coach in 1995-96, said he was “one of the most outstanding club men Glenelg had ever had. He has as much heart as any player I’ve played with and he doesn’t accept second best”.

 

Simon Hele

1991-2002, 197 games, 66 goals
Captain 2001
4 State games

A skilful, speedy wingman who kept on fighting back from injuries – he broke his collarbone twice and dislocated his shoulder four times – refusing to believe he could not again wear his beloved Glenelg guernsey. Although he never won a Tigers club champion award, his consistency was borne out by the fact he was runner up in Glenelg’s best-and-fairest counts in 1996, 1998 and  2000 and third in 1993-94 and 2002.

 

Peter Maynard

1982-90, 196 games, 161 goals
Premiership follower 1985-86
8 games Melbourne

One of the biggest possession winners in South Australian football in the 1980’s, he could read the play well, make space and when he had the ball, use it efficiently. A typically dominant performance came in the 1986 grand final, when he seemed to have the ball on a string.

 

Stephen Copping

1974-86, 246 games, 460 goals
Leading goalkicker 1979 (32), 1981 (49), 1985 (83)
10 goals in a game 3 times
Best 11 v Sturt 1984
Premiership half-forward 1985-86
Fos Williams Medallist 1982
5 State games
Essendon 42 games, 88 goals

Remembered for those telescopic arms that stretched out to pull in the most impossible marks. His kicking style may have been ungainly but he rarely missed, making him one of the most dangerous forwards in the game.

 

Peter Carey

1971-88. 448 games (Australian club record) 521 goals
Best and fairest 1975, 1979, 1981
Leading goalkicker 1973 (70)
Best 11 goals v North Adelaide 1973
Best-on-ground in 1973 grand final win v North Adelaide (six goals)
Captain 1983-88
Premiership captain 1985-86
Fos Williams Medallist 1981
19 State games
All-Australian 1979-80
Great of Glenelg
Inducted to inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame in 2002
Inducted into Australian Football Hall of Fame 2009

Where do you start with “Super”? He played on and on…and just seemed to get better with age. He booted six goals in a best-afield performance from centre half-forward in the 1973 grand final win, then was a colossus in ruck in the 1985-86 back-to-back triumphs. He had incredible mind-body co-ordination, an amazing football brain and all the skills.

 

Tony Symonds

1981-86, 1988-92, 225 games, 231 goals
Premiership wingman 1985-86
1 State game
Coach 1995-96
Hawthorn 3 games

Lightly-built wingman who had all the skills and pace to burn, he was a key member of the Bays’ back-to-back flags, shining in the 1986 grand final.

 

David Marshall

1978-93, 353 games, 289 goals
Best and fairest 1990
Magarey Medal runner-up 1990
Premiership half-forward 1985-86
Adelaide 26 games, 14 goals
3 State games
SANFL captain 1993
Inducted to SA Football Hall of Fame 2003

His silky skills and all round class were showcased when, after 13 years of league football, he made his mark in the AFL in the inaugural year of the Crows in 1991. Always composed and in control he could deliver the ball beautifully either by foot or by hand and no-one was a more lethal finisher running into goals.

 

Chris Duthy

1982-92, 201 games
Premiership full back 1985-86
3 games Fitzroy

Strongly-built player who made his name as a close-checking, disciplined full back, who was never easy to score goals against.

 

Allan Bartlett

1989-99, 201 games, 92 goals
1 State game
Adelaide 11 games

A loyal and devoted clubman, Bartlett was a tall, strong, hard-working player who adapted to stints in the key attacking and defensive positions and was often given tasks on key opposition big men.

 

Jim Lihou

1976-83, 154 games
One of the best back pocket players in SA football in the late 1970s and early ’80s as emphasised by his eight State appearances.

 

Ty Allen

2003-14

160 games, 53 goals

1 State game

Captain 2012-14

Best and fairest 2008, 2010, 2012

An inspirational bellgetter who loved nothing better than throwing himself into the bottom of a pack to win the hard ball, then getting his team-mates involved with his slick handball. In his prime the best midfielder in the SANFL, Allen finished third in Magarey Medal voting three years in a row from 2008-10. At the Bay he didn’t miss out, just the 10th player to win three club champion awards.