Matthew Pavlich leads host of legends added to the AFL’s Hall of Fame as Fremantle great joins Nicky Winmar, Brent Harvey and Mike Fitzpatrick in illustrious group
- Matthew Pavlich has been inducted into the AFL’s illustrious Hall of Fame
- The former key forward is the greatest player to ever represent Fremantle
- He retired in 2016 and joins fellow inductees Nicky Winmar and Brent Harvey
Matthew Pavlich, the greatest player in Fremantle’s AFL history, was always going to be an automatic Hall Of Fame addition.
The former Dockers captain was the first of eight former players inducted to the AFL Hall Of Fame at Tuesday night’s function in Melbourne.
Another current member also is being elevated this year to official Legend status.
Fremantle Dockers legend Matthew Pavlich has been inducted in the AFL’s Hall of Fame
The former forward was among a number of fresh names to be added to the illustrious group
Pavlich is one of two modern greats who are being inducted in their first year of eligibility, having retired at the end of the 2016 season.
He outshines even two-time Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe as the Dockers’ greatest player, with 353 games and 700 goals.
Apart from his outstanding playing ability, a quote from Pavlich has entered club folklore.
He was miked up before a 2009 game when Pavlich exhorted his teammates: ‘Put on your superman capes, it’s wharfie time’.
The key forward, who captained Fremantle from 2007-15, was taken with pick No.4 in the 1999 national draft.
St Kilda legend Nicky Winmar was also inducted on Tuesday night and grinned from ear to ear
Another Dockers great, Paul Hasleby, was recruited two picks before Pavlich in the same draft.
Recruited from SANFL side Woodville-West Torrens – his father Steve was a West Torrens star – Pavlich made an immediate impact with 18 games in his debut 2000 season.
Pavlich had amazing resilience, playing at least 18 games in all but one of his 17 AFL seasons.
He captained Fremantle from 2007-15, including their one grand final so far in 2013 when they lost to Hawthorn.
Pavlich was a six-time club best and fairest winner and a six-time All-Australian. He was Fremantle’s leading goalkicker eight times, with 69 his best haul in 2012.
A host of AFL legends were inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday, including Nicky Winmar, Mike Fitzpatrick and Brent Harvey.