Former Sydney Swans star and modern footballing icon Michael O’Loughlin was among four inductees to the West End South Australian Football Hall of Fame at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday night.
Micky O – as he is affectionately known – was joined by long-serving Adelaide Crows administrator John Condon OAM, South Adelaide games record holder Stuart Palmer and dual Magarey Medallist Damian Squire in being recognised as outstanding contributors to football.
Established in 2002 to enshrine those who have made a “most significant contribution to the game of Australian Football,” the SA Football Hall of Fame now includes 208 players, coaches, umpires, administrators and media representatives.
The 2017 honour roll:
There are few things that Michael O’Loughlin hasn’t achieved in football and he adds another string to his impressive bow with induction into the SA Football Hall of Fame. Already a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame, Micky O played his entire 303-game AFL career with the Sydney Swans, with whom he won the 2005 premiership. A member of the Indigenous Team of the Century, he was the third Indigenous player to play 300 AFL games, a two-time All-Australian, and a winner of the Fos Williams Medal for his efforts in the 1998 State of Origin. However, he will perhaps be best remembered for his celebration after kicking the match-winning goal against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco in the 2006 Qualifying Final – a moment forever enshrined in Jamie Cooper’s AFL-commissioned painting the Game That Made Australia.
Played: 303 AFL games for Sydney, kicked 521 goals (1995-2009).
Represented: SA three times, Indigenous All-Stars, once.
Honours: AFL premiership, 2005; All-Australian, 1997 and 2000; Sydney club champion, 1998; Sydney leading goalkicker, 2000 and 2001; Indigenous Team of the Century; Fos Williams Medal as best for SA, 1998; Australian Football Hall of Fame.
SANFL juniors: Central District.
John Condon OAM
John is a long-serving football administrator having joined the Adelaide Football Club soon after its inception. Currently serving as the club’s historian and as Secretary for the Adelaide branch of the Carbine Club, he is a respected and well-known figure in the state’s sporting community. In 2009, John received an OAM during the Queen’s birthday awards for service to the community through Australian Rules football and the Carbine Club of South Australia. He is a Life Member of the Adelaide Football Club, and has sat on the Adelaide Football Club and North Adelaide Football Club Hall of Fame selection committees.
Administration: General manager, North Adelaide Football Club (1979-1991); League Director, North Adelaide Football Club (1979-1991) football manager, Adelaide Football Club (1992-98); SANFL salary cap investigator (1998-2016), SANFL History Committee, 2014-Current.
Honours: Order of Australia Medal, 2009; SANFL life membership, 1990, Adelaide FC Life Membership 2016; Australian Sports Medal, 2000; North Adelaide Football Club Life Membership 1975.
Rarely in the headlines but often among the best players, Stuart Palmer is South Adelaide’s games record holder having pulled on the Panthers jumper 337 times over the course of his 17-year career. Born in England, he moved to Australia at the age of 5 and rose swiftly through South’s junior programs before making his debut in 1969. It was a memorable debut for the fresh-faced 17-year-old who registered a goal with his first kick in League football in front of a hostile Alberton Crowd. Proving this moment was no flash in the pan, he went on to win the award for Best First Year Player that same year. Stuart displayed great versatility throughout his career and played in various positions, including full-back in the 1979 Grand Final. Following his retirement in 1985, he resided as South Adelaide club chairman.
Played: 337 SANFL games for South Adelaide, kicked 28 goals (1969-1985).
Represented: SA once.
Honours: South Adelaide captain, 1982-84; Player Life Member South Adelaide FC; SANFL Player Life Member; Australian Sports Medal, 2000.
Administration: South Adelaide club chairman, 1997-2001.
Part of an illustrious group of players to have won multiple Magarey Medals, Damian Squire was a State League star of the 90s and early 2000s, playing over 100 games for both North Adelaide and Sturt. A natural footballer, Damian was a dynamic, quick thinking half forward and was selected as part of Port Adelaide’s inaugural AFL squad. In 1999, with a year of AFL experience under his belt and 8 years after his debut for North Adelaide, he moved to Sturt in search of “something different”. It was here his SANFL star truly rose, winning consecutive Magarey Medals in his first two seasons at the club and guiding Sturt to the 2002 premiership – its first since 1976. He played 7 State of Origin games for South Australia and won Sturt’s best and fairest award in 1999 and 2005.
Played: Five AFL games for Port Adelaide (1997); 113 SANFL games and 145 goals for North Adelaide (1991-98) and 145 games and 157 goals for Sturt (1999-2006).
Represented: SA seven times; captain in 2003 v WA.
Honours: Magarey Medal, 1999 and 2000; Sturt club champion, 1999 and 2005; Sturt premeirship player, 2002, Player Life Member Sturt FC; SANFL Player Life Member.
The West End SA Football Hall of Fame is divided into five eras – 1877-1900, 1901-1930, 1931-1960, 1961-1990 and 1991-present day.
Inductees are selected by the South Australian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which comprises Leigh Whicker AM, Julian Burton OAM, John Halbert AM MBE, Tim Pfeiffer, Neil Kerley AM, Chris McDermott, David Shipway AM, Michelangelo Rucci and Bill Sanders AM.