Ahead of the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame Gala Dinner on Saturday June 23, we are going back and taking a look at past inductees and their impact on Tasmanian football.
167. Len Hayes: Len Hayes is universally regarded as the best player from the north-west to play his entire career in coastal football. A magnificently versatile player, he enjoyed a highly-decorated career with Wynyard and Cooee in the NWFU during the 1940s and 50s, winning three competition Best & Fairest awards and representing Tasmania at the 1950 Brisbane Carnival.
168. Roy Ringrose: Clever and elusive, Roy Ringrose joined North Launceston from VFA club Brunswick in 1950. Spent the following decade as one of northern football’s premier goalsneaks – particularly in later stints with Longford and Cornwall/East Launceston – topping the NTFA goal-kicking table four times. Later enjoyed a prolific career in football administration.
169. Ivan Hayes: A champion Centre Half Back, ‘Ike’ Hayes was a key member of the great Longford sides of the mid-1950s. A Best & Fairest winner and dual premiership player over 210 games, he was also a prolific representative player, turning out 11 times for Tasmania and winning the Lefroy Medal in 1962.
170. Graeme Wilkinson: Nicknamed ‘Dreams’, Centre Half Forward Graeme Wilkinson arrived at City-South from Richmond in 1962. Went on to play 204 games for the Redlegs, captain-coaching the club to premierships in 1962 and 1966. Represented Tasmania with distinction at the 1966 Hobart Carnival, and later enjoyed a successful career as a commentator.
176. Noel Carter: A brilliant rover and outstanding leader, Noel Carter won a senior Best & Fairest with Ulverstone aged 17 before playing in Richmond’s 1973 premiership in only his fifth senior game. He eventually settled in WA and became one of South Fremantle’s greatest captains, guiding the Bulldogs to a famous premiership in 1980.
177. Max Brown: Known as ‘The Fox’ due to his exceptional cunning as a coach, Max Brown guided Ulverstone to four NTFL premierships (and three runner-up finishes) between 1990 and 2008. Also spent two stints as Devonport coach in the TFL/TSL, as well as serving as a Tasmanian representative assistant coach and selector.
179. Wayne Fox: Known as ‘Baldy’, Wayne Fox was the most dominant goalkicker in TFL football during the 1980s. Possessing strong hands and deadly accuracy, he kicked 100 goals in a season four times and topped the TFL goal-kicking table on six occasions. His 1049 goals are the most kicked in a TFL career.