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.
135. Jim Williams: Known as ‘Dodger’, Jim Williams was a fixture on the wing in Launceston’s dominant teams of the mid-1930s. Appearing in 131 games for the Blues, Williams’ career – like many others – was cut short by WWII.
137. Ray Stokes: Described by Jack Dyer as “the best thing to ever cross Bass Strait”, Ray Stokes was a classy centreman and great character. The first Tasmanian to play VFL football after WWII, Stokes played 93 games for Richmond before returning to Tasmania and captain-coaching Burnie for several years.
140. Ian Westell: One of the TFL’s greatest goalkickers, Ian ‘Stumpy’ Westell was a champion Full Forward for Sandy Bay for more than a decade. A member of premiership teams in 1946 and 1952, his 666 goals for the Seagulls are the fourth most in TFL history.
143. Noel Clarke: A spectacular Full Forward with a deadly left foot, Noel Clarke joined Melbourne from North Launceston in 1951, and was a premiership player in 1955. He returned to Tasmania in 1956, spending more than a decade with North Hobart and New Norfolk and topping the TFL goal-kicking table twice.
145. Athol Webb: A dashing Full Forward, Athol Webb started with Scottsdale before joining the Melbourne superteam under Norm Smith, playing in two premierships with the Demons. Coached New Norfolk and East Launceston after returning to Tasmania before a serious back injury ended his career. He later coached in NSW.
146. John Fitzallen: An absolutely brilliant centreman, John Fitzallen was a key member of the great Longford teams of the mid-to-late 1950s. An NTFA premiership player in 1955, 1957 and 1958, he won Longford’s Best and Fairest award five times in six seasons from 1956-61. Represented Tasmania at the 1958 Melbourne Carnival.