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.
When teenage sensation Jack Hammond arrived in Tongala with his dairy farming family in January, his name sparked interest in several coaches across the district.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons have secured a vital win over Wangaratta Magpies at JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
On Wednesday, April 22, 11 walkers from Shepparton Adventure Club travelled to Strathmerton then on to Ulupna Island.
Uniformed police are being plucked from the district’s 16-hour stations to work with one-member stations so officers are not patrolling on their own.
A Rochester woman who stole more than $250 worth of money, cigarettes and food from her workplace of four years has been convicted and fined $500, plus court costs.
The final 25 players have been chosen to represent the Goulburn Valley Football League in their quest to regain the number one football ranking in country Victoria.
A 640 000 bird proposal finally gets the green light from Strathbogie Shire Council.
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
People in rural and remote areas are significantly over-represented in the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Barooga will host an information forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme on Tuesday night.
The Deniliquin Rodeo Arena was in full swing for the recent Deniliquin Classic Barrel Race.
GrainCorp has announced an investment of $50 million to increase oilseed crushing capacity and efficiency at its Numurkah facility in Victoria.
Mark Soyer represented Australia at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Canada.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.