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“About Time”: Nicki Winmar is finally inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame AFL


This speaks to the importance of a footballer when Tony Lockett is the person who introduces you to the Hall of Fame. Lockett, the leading VFL / AFL all-time goalie, had the honor of telling about his great friend Nicki Winmar, as the former Saint-Kilda champion was finally awarded the status of Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Winmar, an indigenous icon after famously picked up a sweater and pointed to his skin after horrific racial abuse by Collingwood fans in 1993, received a stormy reception at Crown on Tuesday night.

“We will always have racism in society, unfortunately, but we will continue to stand here and always say that we are proud of who we are and what we have done,” Winmar said.

The dynamic favorite resigned in 1999 after 251 AFL games and since 2005 has been eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. Winmar’s first words on stage – “about time” – summed up the mood of football fans who watched his game between 1987 and 1999.

Winmar and Lockett were a deadly duo for the Saints in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They may not have won the premiership together, but Winmar and Lockett gave St. Kilda fans so much joy in Moorabbin.

Since retiring in 2002, Lockett has remained unobtrusive, but has been more than happy to praise Winmar for his accomplishments.

“I was sure that wherever I went, he could put the ball right in front of me,” Lockett said in a pre-recorded video. “If Nicky had it somewhere in the middle of the earth, you knew you would have a chance.

“He could take screamers, he could walk around guys, beat them, jump and kick 60 meters. He adapted to what he had to, all he could, a full-fledged footballer.

“A great guy, absolutely the best, and we got along like a house on fire, and it probably turned out on earth. A lot of the opposition, they might not have recognized it at the time, but I think they also enjoyed watching him play. “

Winmar was among the eight new faces to enter the Hall of Fame, along with contemporary greats Brent Harvey and Matthew Paulich, and South Australian icon Russell Ebert was elevated to legend status.


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