Queensland Australian Football Hall of Fame
ABOUT THE AFL QUEENSLAND FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
The role of the Hall of Fame is to recognise and enshrine players, coaches, umpires, administrators, media representatives, events, teams and venues that have made a most significant contribution to the game of Australian Football in Queensland since its inception in 1866.
In 2008 AFL Queensland held the inaugural Queensland Australian Football Hall of Fame at which 150 players, coaches, officials, umpires and media representatives were inducted. Seven legends of the game were also inducted at that time – Arthur Collinson, Jason Dunstall, Harry O’Callaghan, Michael Voss, Leigh Matthews, Tom McArthur and Dick Verdon. Since 2008 a further three legends have been inducted Alan “Doc” Mackenzie, Marcus Ashcroft and John Blair.
A number of new Hall of Fame inductees have also been inducted over the past 11-year period at the annual J.A Grogan Medal Presentation Dinner.
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR INDUCTION INTO THE AFL QUEENSLAND FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Hall of Fame selection should be based heavily on excellence, outstanding impact and loyal service to the game.
For players, brilliance and outstanding impact is most likely evidenced by regular state representation, by All Australian selection and/or by the gaining of individual awards.
For non-players, a major landmark achievement or a visionary approach which had a significant or lasting impact on the game should preferably be evident.
a. The Committee shall consider the overall contribution to the game of Australian Football as well as outstanding achievement in any one specific field of endeavour in determining a candidate’s eligibility for induction into the Hall of Fame.
b. Without limiting clause 2, the Committee shall consider the integrity, sportsmanship and character of a candidate in addition to the ability and individual record achieved. The Secretary shall record and outline the justification of the Committee in recommending to the AFL Queensland Executive the approval of all candidates selected for Hall of Fame induction.
c. The longevity of service and the specific number of football games played, coached or umpired shall not be of prime consideration in assessing a candidate’s eligibility for induction into the Hall of Fame.
d. A player, coach, umpire, administrator, media representative, team, event or venue involved at any level of Australian Football may be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame.
e. The Committee shall consider candidates from all parts of Queensland and from all Australian Football competitions within Queensland.
f. A player may only be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame if that player has retired from playing Australian Football for a minimum period of three years.
g. A member of the Committee may be a candidate but shall not vote when the nomination is under consideration.
h. There shall be no special order of precedence given to Hall of Fame inductees.
a. The Committee may select an appropriate number of inductees in any given year.
b. Selections of the Committee shall be presented to the AFL Queensland Executive for endorsement as soon as practicable after the Selection meeting and include supporting comment on all candidates
c. The AFL Queensland Executive shall endorse and enshrine the selections of the Committee unless in its discretion it requests the Committee to reconsider a selection.
d. If the Committees selections remain unchanged after reconsideration, the Executive shall then endorse and enshrine the selections.
e. To assist in the selection of inductees the Committee:-
- Shall seek nominees from Queensland AFL, NEAFL, QAFL Clubs, affiliated Leagues and Community Clubs throughout Queensland, the Umpires Association and the Media Guild;
- May receive submissions from AFL Queensland and from Australian Football supporters and other members of the public.
f. Nomination shall be made in a form to be prescribed by the Committee and shall be accompanied by such other information as may be prescribed from time to time by the Committee.
g. The Secretary shall prepare and provide to each Committee member a list of eligible candidates to assist the Committee in its selection of the yearly batch of inductees of the Hall of Fame.
The list shall contain:-
- Nominations received from Queensland AFL, NEAFL, QAFL Clubs, affiliated Leagues and Community Clubs throughout Queensland, the Umpires Association and the Media Guild.
- Nominations received from AFL Queensland and from Australian Football supporters and other members of the public.
- Each eligible candidate’s respective service to Australian Football records.
a. There shall be a special category of inductees of the Hall of Fame known as Legends.
b. The classification of Legend will be applied to honour those Queensland players, coaches and administrators who have had the most significant positive impact on Australian football. Legends should be players, coaches and administrators who immediately come to mind when football players, coaches and administrators at the very pinnacle are discussed.
c. The classification of Legend cannot be bestowed on more than 10% of the inductees in the Hall of Fame.