161. Simon Atkins

Player Inductee

Wynyard/Footscray/Fitzroy, Centreman, 1986-1996

> 127 games, 76 goals, Footscray, 1987 and 1989-94
> 41 games, 13 goals, Fitzroy, 1995-96
> Represented/captained VFL against Tasmania in 1996
> Represented Tasmania in state under-age football
> Represented Tasmania in the NFL three times, 1986
> Represented Tasmania in State Of Origin, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993
> VFL reserves premiership player, 1988
> Vice Captain, Footscray
> Twice runner-up in the Footscray best and fairest
> Werribee, 80 games
> Werribee best and fairest, 1997
> Werribee reserves premiership coach, 2001
> Werribee senior Coach, 2005
> VFL Coach of The Year, 2005

Born 23 December 1968, Simon Atkins represented both Tasmania and Victoria and played over 150 games in the national competition. After a productive period with Footscray he continued with the Lions and played in the centre in Fitzroy’s last team in 1996. Atkins was known as a reliable possession winner who could break up packs with his strength and speed of hands, He has since commenced a successful coaching career in Victoria and was named VFL coach of the year in 2005.