Latest batch of AFL life members named
Retired Carlton champion Chris Judd heads a list of 10 past and present players who will be among 16 people made AFL life members at the AFL’s Annual General Meeting in March.
Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch will also be recognised with life membership as will umpires Scott Jeffery and Matt Stevic, North Melbourne administrator Geoff Walsh, Geelong doctor Hugh Seward and former AFL commissioner Bill Kelty.
The retired players to be inducted include Cats premiership player Paul Chapman and former Saint goalsneak Stephen Milne.
Current players to be awarded life memberships are Hawthorn and Port Adelaide premiership player Shaun Burgoyne, teammate Sam Mitchell, Geelong star and now Essendon top-up player James Kelly, Bombers skipper Brendon Goddard, Western Bulldogs’ captain Robert Murphy, North Melbourne forward Drew Petrie and Adelaide midfielder Scott Thompson.
That group of 10, along with Judd, qualified automatically having reached 300 games as a player or player and coach with the two umpires automatically qualifying for the same length of service.
Walsh, Seward and Kelty were recognised for their special service to the game, having been involved in football for a combined total of more than 80 years.