Super six: the latest inductees to the Australian Football Hall of Fame,Barry HallOne of the best power forwards the game has ever seen, Hall achieved the unique distinction of becoming the only player in VFL/AFL history to kick 100 goals for three different clubs. A nightmare to match up on, Hall’s brute strength saw him dominate the game for over a decade.
He found himself in hot water on many occasions due to his ill-discipline – most notably in 2008 when he received a seven-match suspension for punching West Coast defender Brent Staker in the face. But while he is remembered by many for his fiery temper, his on-field feats were remarkable.
Hall will forever go down in history as the man who captained Sydney to their drought-breaking 2005 premiership – the club’s first flag in 72 years – which ended the longest barren run the VFL/AFL has ever seen. He is a four-time All-Australian, one-time All-Australian vice-captain, led his club’s goalkicking 11 times, won Sydney’s best-and-fairest in 2004 and claimed the AFL Coaches’ Association Champion Player of the Year award in 2005.
All up, he played 289 games for St Kilda, Sydney and the Western Bulldogs and, with 746 career goals to his credit, sits 15th on the all-time goalkickers’ list. He never managed to kick 10 goals in a game, but with a career-best bag of eight and another six hauls of seven, displayed what an ominous attacking weapon he was. He kicked 80 goals in a year on two occasions.
Barry Hall kicks a goal for the Swans at the SCG in 2005. Photo: Steve Christo
Anthony StevensOne of the best players North Melbourne has ever produced, Stevens epitomised the ‘Shinboner spirit’ over a storied 16-season career with his rugged tenacity.
A supremely gifted midfielder who had blue-and-white blood coursing through his veins, Stevens played in two premierships for the Kangaroos. He was revered for his toughness and the best example of this probably occurred in the 1999 Grand Final when he played with a fractured right heel and ligament damage and had to be piggy-backed off the ground after the match by Cameron Mooney.
His relentless determination was on show again in 2000 when he fought back from severe neck and facial injuries after he was struck by a shard of glass that fell from a hotel window to play the final 11 games of the season. Stevens won a pair of best-and-fairest awards for the Kangas, earned an All-Australian guernsey in 1998 and ended up captaining his beloved club for a few years before retiring in 2004.
Perhaps his greatest individual accolade was being named the ruck rover in North Melbourne’s Team of the Century. With 292 games to his credit, Stevens sits only behind Brent Harvey (432), Drew Petrie (316), Glenn Archer (311), Wayne Schimmelbusch (306), Adam Simpson (306) and Keith Greig (294) for most games played for North Melbourne.
Simon GoodwinAn extremely damaging midfielder with exquisite skills, Goodwin found success very early on and was a two-time premiership player for the Crows by the age of 21. He went on to play 275 games for Adelaide over 14 seasons to be the sixth-most capped player in the club’s history.
Goodwin featured in no fewer than five All-Australian teams, won the Crows’ best-and-fairest award on three occasions and was crowned the AFLCA Champion Player of the Year in 2007.
He captained Adelaide for the final three years of his illustrious career and despite spending most of his time on the ball, Goodwin was capable of being a potent force in attack as evidenced by his memorable seven-goal performance against West Coast early in 2008.
After his playing days ended, Goodwin became an assistant coach at Essendon and is now the Melbourne senior coach.
Melbourne Demons head coach and former Adelaide Crows star Simon Goodwin looks on after the round eight AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Melbourne Demons at Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images
John HalbertAn extraordinarily talented centreman and centre-half forward for Sturt, Halbert was one of the SANFL’s brightest stars in the 1950s and 60s. A three-time Magarey Medal runner-up, he finally broke through to win the coveted award in 1961.
Halbert played 244 games for the Double Blues (a then club record) over 14 seasons, including their drought-breaking 1966 premiership, and kicked 253 goals.
His incredible ability was perhaps best summed up by the fact that he defied his small 179cm tall stature to thrive at centre-half forward later in his career.
He captained Sturt for seven years and his exploits earned him membership of both the Sturt Team of the Century and South Australian Football Hall of Fame. Halbert won four best-and-fairest awards and was named an All-Australian in 1961 following the Brisbane carnival that year. He represented South Australia with distinction on 16 occasions and went on to coach both Sturt and Glenelg.
John Halbert, one of the SANFLs brightest stars in the 1950s and 60s. A three-time Magarey Medal runner-up, and Hall of Fame inductee. Photo: Supplied
Ron ToddOne of the most prolific goalkickers the game has ever seen, Todd booted 999 goals in 217 games across 15 seasons with Collingwood (VFL) and Williamstown (VFA) for a mind-boggling career average of 4.6 goals a game.
Todd routinely dazzled crowds with his high-flying antics and possessed blistering pace, making him a drawcard attraction at footy grounds all over Melbourne.
Todd played in the Magpies’ 1936 premiership and was a member of Williamstown’s 1945 and 1949 flag-winning sides. He was Collingwood’s leading goalkicker twice and the Seagulls’ leading goalkicker on four occasions.
Todd won back-to-back VFL leading goalkicker medals in 1938 and 1939 and repeated the feat in the VFA in 1945 and 1946. He captained-coached Williamstown in the final two years of his career, including the 1949 premiership, and was later named as the centre-half forward in the Seagulls’ team of the century.
Ron Todd was known for his high-flying marking and speed. Photo: Photographer Unknown
Brett AllenWith 347 matches under his belt from 1992-2007, Allen is the ninth-most experienced umpire in VFL/AFL history.
Only Jack Elder (10) and Ian Robinson (nine) umpired in more grand finals than Allen (seven) who missed out on one premiership decider between 1999-2006.
All up, Allen oversaw 37 finals, which ranks him equal-third all time. Elder and Hayden Kennedy (39 each) are the only umpires in the history of the league with more finals experience than Allen.
He was named an All-Australian umpire on four occasions in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2006 and also officiated in two State of Origin matches as well as four International Rules tests between Australia and Ireland.
Shane Crawford, then-Hawthorn captain is ordered from the ground by umpire Brett Allen under the blood rule. Photo: Ray Kennedy