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Eight months after his death, South Australia football icon Russell Ebert has been made an Australian Football Hall Of Fame Legend.

Key points:

  • Russell Ebert won three SANFL premierships with Port Adelaide
  • He had been the only player to win four Magarey Medals, the SANFL's equivalent of the Brownlow
  • In 2022, eight former players are inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame

Indigenous greats Nicky Winmar and Bill Dempsey, AFL games record holder Brent Harvey and former Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich headlined eight 2022 Hall Of Fame inductees.

Along with Ebert, they were honoured on Tuesday night at a function in Melbourne.

Ebert — who died of cancer on November 5 aged 72 — is the Hall Of Fame's 32nd official Legend.

His wife, Dian, accepted the honour.

Ebert ranks with North Adelaide's Barrie Robran, already a Legend, as two of the the greatest players in South Australia football history.

The skilled and tough centreman played a club-record 392 games for Port Adelaide from 1968 to 1978 and then 1980 to 1985, split by 21 games for North Melbourne in 1979 when he tried his hand at the then-VFL.

Portrait of Russell Ebert

Russell Ebert went on to be a coach in the SANFL.( Supplied: Salty Dingo )

He is the only player to win four Magarey Medals, the SANFL's equivalent of the Brownlow.

Ebert captained the Magpies to their drought-breaking 1977 premiership, his first of three flags at Alberton.

He also coached Port, as well as Woodville-West Torrens, in the SANFL, and then became a respected junior development coach in SA football.

Winmar and Dempsey added a strong note of Indigenous greatness to this year's inductions.

men and women pose at a black-tie event.

Hall of Fame inductees (back row, from left) Brent Harvey, Nicky Winmar, Matthew Pavlich, Mike Fitzpatrick, Michael Taylor, (front row) Bill Dempsey, Dian Ebert (Russell Ebert's wife) and Glenda Murray (daughter of Terry Cashion).( Getty Images: AFL Photos/Michael Willson )

Winmar played 251 AFL games for St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs, but is best remembered for an iconic moment in 1993 when he defiantly raised his Saints jumper and pointed to his chest.

The skilful utility made the gesture after Collingwood fans had racially abused him during a match at Victoria Park.

Dempsey played 343 games for West Perth between 1960 and 1976, the second-most in WAFL history.

The back pocket, a member of West Perth's team of the century, was the honoree in this year's Sir Doug Nicholls AFL Indigenous round.

Harvey and Pavlich were inducted in their first year of eligibility, five years after their retirements at the end of the 2016 season.

Harvey, North Melbourne's much-loved midfielder and small forward, is the AFL games record-holder, with 432.

Brent Harvey holds the 1999 AFL premiership cup

Brent Harvey won a premiership with North Melbourne in 1999.( Getty Images: Mark Dadswell )

Pavlich is one of Fremantle's greatest AFL players, with 353 games for the Dockers between 2000 and 2016 and 700 goals.

Mike Fitzpatrick, Michael Taylor, Terry Cashion and Ted Tyson were the other four inductees into this year's Hall of Fame class.

Before he was the AFL chairman from 2008 to 2017 — a tumultuous term that featured the Essendon drugs scandal and the Adam Goodes racism controversy — Fitzpatrick was a premiership ruckman at Subiaco and Carlton.

Fitzpatrick captained the Blues to their 1981-82 flags.

Norwood premiership captain Michael Taylor had some great duels in the centre with Ebert, with Norwood-Port Adelaide the SANFL's fiercest rivalry.

Taylor played 289 games for the Redlegs in the 1978s and 1980s, split by 94 games for Collingwood, and he is a Norwood Hall Of Fame Legend.

Late Tasmanian great Terry Cashion was inducted for a career that featured the 1950 Tassie Medal at the national carnival and being named rover in the Tasmania team of the century.

Ted Tyson, also deceased, was a West Australian goal-kicking machine who scored 1,203 goals in 228 games for West Perth between 1930 and 1945, at a remarkable average of 5.25 per match.

AAP/ABC

Posted  19h ago 19 hours ago Tue 14 Jun 2022 at 7:31pm, updated  18h ago 18 hours ago Tue 14 Jun 2022 at 8:42pm


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