EBERT HONOURED WITH SCULPTURE

Published on: Aug 15 2015 | Author: admin |

Port Adelaide champion Russell Ebert has been honoured with a bronze sculpture at Adelaide Oval, unveiled on Saturday afternoon in front of the Alberton faithful.

By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank

Port Adelaide champion Russell Ebert has been honoured with a bronze sculpture at Adelaide Oval, unveiled on Saturday afternoon in front of the Alberton faithful.

Ebert – the only player to win four Magarey Medals – has had his famous dashing pose captured by sculptor Tim Thomson thanks to the generosity of highly-respected benefactor Basil Sellers.

Sitting prominently outside of the East Gate, Ebert’s sculpture was revealed at a public ceremony, fittingly before his beloved Port Adelaide tackled Greater Western Sydney at the home of South Australian football.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, Ebert admits he is humbled at being immortalised in bronze while also paying tribute to Mr Sellers, Mr Thomson and the SANFL.

‘’I am very honoured and humbled, and would like to credit the support of my family, the SA football fraternity and, in particular, the Port Adelaide Football Club where I have spent most of my adult life,” Ebert said.

“It’s because of family and club that this honour has been bestowed.’’

Considered one of the greatest players in SA football history, Ebert played 391 matches for the Magpies and 25 for North Melbourne in a career which spanned from 1968 to 1985.

The highly-skilled centreman speaks glowingly of his upbringing in the Riverland as well as his time at Alberton, nominating the club’s 1977 premiership as his finest hour.

Ebert is one of four footballers to be recognised with a sculpture at Adelaide Oval, with North Adelaide great Barrie Robran having his revealed last year outside of the South Gate at Telstra Plaza.

Woodville and North Melbourne legend Malcolm Blight will have his sculpture unveiled adjacent to the Victor Richardson Gates on Friday August 21 while Roosters goal-kicking great Ken Farmer will also be honoured with a sculpture.

‘’We are very fortunate to be able to recognise the greats of our game in this way and perpetuate their achievements for future generations of football fans,” Chairman of the SA Football Commission, John Olsen, said.

“Russell Ebert is a true champion of South Australian football, and it’s fantastic that – thanks to the generosity of Basil Sellers – the tens of thousands who come to Adelaide Oval every weekend will be able to admire and appreciate his greatness.”

For a full list of Ebert’s achievements, click here.