Shepparton United premiership Shaun Hart was honoured on Wednesday night when he was inducted into Brisbane Lions' Hall of Fame.OLIVER CAFFREY May 23, 2014 3:05am
Former Shepparton United premiership player Shaun Hart (right) has been inducted into Brisbane Lions’ Hall of Fame along with Daryl White and Roger Merrett, while Michael Voss was elevated to legend status.
His last game for Shepparton United was the 1989 premiership, but Shaun Hart still keeps a keen eye on the Goulburn Valley Football League club.
Hart was confirmed as a great of the Brisbane Lions on Wednesday night after being inducted into the AFL club’s Hall of Fame.
Hart, 43, was among 10 past Lions players, including fellow premiership heroes Chris Scott, Chris Johnson and Daryl White to be honoured at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
The Hall of Fame aims to recognise the combined history of the Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy Lions after the clubs merged in 1996.
Hart said it was a special occasion, but enjoyed catching up with his former teammates more than anything.
‘‘It’s nice to be recognised in an individual way, but for me nothing is ever going top the premierships, nothing will thrill me more than the memories we achieved together in the early 2000s,’’ Hart said.
‘‘You only get to nights like Wednesday night because of your teammates, all the coaching staff and the people involved in helping us have that success.’’
Hart was drafted to Brisbane from United at the end of 1989 and retired in 2004 after playing 273 games.
The small running midfielder played in the Lions’ premierships in 2001-03 and received the Norm Smith Medal for his best-on-ground performance in the 2001 grand final against Essendon.
Hart, who is Port Adelaide’s coaching director, said he still followed United’s fortunes closely.
‘‘I still follow the old club and check their results, they’ve had a couple of close losses this season, but they had a great win against Echuca last week, so hopefully they can have another good year,’’ Hart said.
‘‘We’ve got (Echuca’s) Ollie Wines, (Katamatite’s) Tom Clurey and (Shepparton’s) Jarman Impey here at Port along with some other Goulburn Valley boys, so I retain a good connection to the area through them.
‘‘I’ve lived in Queensland, in a non-traditional AFL state and away from the footy bubble for the last 24 years, but it’s been really interesting getting to Port this year and back into an AFL crazy city.’’
Hart said he had been blown away by the talent of all three former Goulburn Valley players and expected Clurey to join Wines and Impey as permanent members of the Power side.
‘‘Tom is a guy who has plenty of ability and has worked really hard, he’s just waiting for an opportunity to open up, but he’s not far away and he’ll break into a strong back six alongside some really good players pretty soon,’’ Hart said.
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