Joel Bowden played his last AFL game in Round 20, 2009

NT Stars Enter AFL Hall of Fame

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Tonight, 13 of the Northern Territory’s greatest footballing heroes will be forever enshrined in glory when they are inducted into the AFL Northern Territory Hall of Fame at the Holiday Inn Esplanade Darwin.

"This will be our second induction evening following the very successful and popular one held at the same venue in 2010. This year we have inducted 10 Inductees along with three Legends who all have made incomparable contributions to Northern Territory Football," said AFLNT Hall of Fame committee Chairman Bryan Moroney.

The three legends that were inducted into the AFLNT Hall of Fame were Nathan Buckley, Joel Bowden and Peter Burgoyne.

"These gentleman will join the elite field of Territory Footballers joining names such as Long, Kantilla, Dempsey, White, Rioli and Kantilla," said Moroney.

Presenting partner Thrifty Car Rental, Darwin are long time supporters of sport in the Northern Territory and are thrilled to partner with the event for the second time.

"Following the success of the evening in 2010 it was fantastic to be able to re-live that evening as well as recognise and enshrine a new set of legends and inductees which is now forming as one NT Sports night of nights," said NT Group CEO of Thrifty Car Rental Rick Paul.

"We would love to be able to induct more however the the 13 men inducted in 2012 are a perfect sequel to those inducted in 2010," said Moroney.

2012 Legends

Joel Bowden
Centralian Joel Bowden epitomised the spirit of the proud and courageous Tiger in every single one of the 265 games he played for Richmond Football Club from 1996 until 2009. Joel was a Northern Territory Schoolboys Representative in 1993 when he was named in the All Australian Schoolboy’s team, winning the J.L Williams Medal for best player of the championship and represented the NT a second time the following year.

The third in line of four Bowden’s to play for the Tigers, his father Mike and brothers Sean and Patrick also donned the famous yellow and black. Joel Bowden joined the Tigers via the father son rule and made his debut against Hawthorn in the freezing Melbourne winter of 1996.

Initially a running half forward Bowden graduated to the backline where he quickly made his mark by reinventing the art of defence. Often asked to play on taller and stronger opponents Bowden used his pace, superior ball handling skills and devastating left foot to beat many opponents.

Although only playing in three finals throughout his career Joel Bowden excelled in all three, proving to the football world that he was a big game player who excelled in the cauldron-like atmosphere of finals football.

In a highly decorated career Joel Bowden proudly represented his country twice against Ireland in the International Rules series in 2001 and 2004, won Richmond’s Best & Fairest in 2004 & 2005 and was named an AFL All Australian in 2005 and 2006. Inducted into the AFL Central Australia Hall of Fame in 2005, Joel Bowden was also named in 8HA’s CAFL Outback Team of Champions as the Federals Football Club’s best player since records began in 1948. 

We are honoured to induct a man who gave his all for the yellow and black, a man who never once shirked a contest and who never gave less than 100% in the relentless pursuit of victory throughout his 265 game career, We welcome Joel Bowden, a hero of Tigerland and a proud Centralian, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

Nathan Buckley
As a player at Collingwood, Australia’s biggest and most famous sporting club, Nathan Buckley redefined the meaning of passion and commitment during a 280 game career that saw him receive a multitude of awards and earn recognition as one of the games greats.

The tiny kid who moved to Darwin at the age of three went on to become one of the greatest players of any era and started his football career with the Nightcliff Tigers in the NTFL Junior competition before transferring to Southern Districts Football Club in 1989-90.

His sublime talent soon earned him representative honors and he played in the NT’s Primary Schoolboys Representative teams in 1983 & 1984. Like most gifted, gritty, hardworking Territory footballers Nathan Buckley also represented the NT a number of times at senior level against Hawthorn in 1991, Geelong in 1992 and Melbourne in 1993.

Nathan Buckley’s representative honor roll continued throughout his AFL career as he represented the NT against Tasmania in 1993 and captained the Allies twice in 1997 and 1999. In 1997 he won the  Alex Jesaulenko Medal as Allies Best Player in the game against Western Australia. He played a number of premier league games for Southern Districts in the NTFL and in season 1990-91 he won the club best and fairest and leading goal kicker awards in the same season.

Nathan Buckley joined SANFL club Port Adelaide in 1991 and played 37 games for the club, kicking 44 goals. His famed  debut season for Port  in 1992 saw his sheer hard work, dedication  and  determination pay off as  he became a premiership player, won  the Jack Oatey medal for best on ground in the Grand Final, the Magarey medal  as the SANFL’s best and fairest and the Port Adelaide Magpies club best and fairest.

In 1993 Nathan Buckley was drafted by Brisbane and played 20 games for the club, winning the AFL’s rising star award before moving to his beloved Magpies in 1994. In all Nathan Buckley played 260 games for the Magpies and each game was played with 100% commitment to the black and white cause.

Throughout his famous career Nathan Buckley won Collingwood’s Club Best and Fairest, the prestigious Copeland medal a record  six  times  in 1994,1996, 1998, 1999 2000 and 2003. He was club captain from 1999 until 2007 proving himself to be a natural leader of men, always leading from the front and by example. He won the Brownlow medal in 2003 sharing the win with fellow greats Adam Goodes and Mark Ricciuto and played in Collingwood’s 2002 & 2003 Grand Final Teams, winning the Norm Smith medal in the 2002 game despite being on the losing side.

Nathan Buckley was named an AFL All Australian seven times in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003, a year that also saw him named the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year. In 1997 Nathan Buckley was named in Collingwood’s fabled Team of the Century and in 2011 was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.

Retiring in 2007 he rejoined Collingwood as an assistant coach in 2010, a year that saw the Pies win the flag and in 2012 he became the first Territory footballer to become a senior coach in the AFL. Showing the same determination and commitment as a coach that he displayed as a player he coached the Pies to a preliminary final in his first season.

We are privileged to welcome Nathan Buckley,  a supreme Territory talent, blessed not only with god given skill but also a burning desire to be the best into the AFLNT Hall of Fame. 

Peter Burgoyne
A former St Mary’s midfielder and now a Port Adelaide great, Peter Burgoyne’s silken skills took him to the very top of his profession and in all he played 240 games at the highest level.

The older brother of Port and Hawthorn star Shaun and also blessed with pin point disposal skills and an uncanny ability to weave through the heaviest of traffic, Peter Burgoyne played junior football with Mallee Park in Port Lincoln. Residing in the NT for much of his childhood Peter was a Northern Territory Schoolboys Representative in 1994, a Teal Cup representative and team captain in 1995 and in 1996 he was named a Teal Cup All Australian.

He was drafted by Port Adelaide in 1996 and quickly became a key member of the up and coming Port Adelaide team, playing in the club’s inaugural AFL match against Collingwood at the MCG in 1997. He played a starring role in Port Adelaide’s 2004 Premiership team amassing 25 possessions in his side’s demolition of the favourites, Brisbane and also played in the 2007 Grand Final against Geelong. Peter Burgoyne had a keen eye for goals scoring 193 goals in his 240 games.

In 1999 he represented Australia against Ireland in the International Rules series and in 2005 he was named on the interchange in the Indigenous Team of the Century, a huge honour and one that was well deserved. After 11 solid years in the mid field Burgoyne made a highly successful transition to the halfback flank, and finished third in the club's Best and Fairest count. His finals series that year was also acknowledged with the Power's 'Best Finals Player' award.

Peter Burgoyne finished his playing career in much the same way as he started, with another classy performance for Port against North Melbourne in the final round of 2009. Darwin football fans were treated to a last fleeting glance of Burgoyne’s exceptional skills when he pulled on the green of gold of Saint Mary’s and picked up several vital possessions across half forward in the Saints Grand Final win against the Bombers.

An exceptional talent who embodied all that Port Adelaide and its storied history stands for, we welcome the gifted, skilful and truly dynamic Port Adelaide great, Peter Burgoyne, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

2012 Inductees

Joe Bonson
When football fans enter TIO stadium via the Bonson gates, they are reminded of the storied Bonson family, one of Darwin’s most famous and most talented footballing clans.

The son of Buffaloes champion and AFLNT Hall of Famer Don Bonson, Joe Bonson, commenced his league career in 1953/54 with the Nightcliff Tigers Football Club. Considered by many to be one of the greatest footballers ever to play in the Northern Territory, Joe Bonson was an elite local footballer who played the game so well he helped put Territory football on the map.Joe was one of four Bonson brothers to play league football with the Nightcliff Tigers.

A supremely talented footballer, Joe Bonson also played with North Adelaide in the SANFL and West Perth in the WAFL. Joe Bonson was a member of the Tigers Grand Final runners up teams in 1957/58 & 1965/66. He then claimed the ultimate prize in NT football as a member of the Tigers premiership winning teams in 1956/57, 1960/61 and 1964/65.

Twice runner up in the Nichols medal, Joe Bonson went on to win the coveted medal in 1958/59 and 1959/60, making him one of the few dual Nichols medalists. Joe Bonson won an astounding six club best and fairest’s  from 1957/58 to 1962/63 and was the clubs  leading goal kicker a remarkable three times in 1961/62, 1962/63 and 1964/65. Joe Bonson also represented the NT in a game against the Mt Isa League select team ‘Mary Kathleen’ in 1961.

Joe Bonson was recognised as a true Tiger great in 1966 when he was awarded Life Membership of the club and his life time contribution to NT football was also recognised when he was made an NTFL player Life Member in 1986. Joe Bonson retired in 1970 having played his 200th league match, the curtain finally closing on one of the Northern Territory’s great footballing careers.

We welcome a genuine Nightcliff great, a man who gave his all for the Tigers season after season. Joe Bonson assumes his rightful place in the AFLNT Hall of Fame

Leo Castillon
Leo Castillon started his league career with Buffaloes Football Club in 1936-37 and the following year at the tender age of seventeen became the youngest player to win the coveted NTFL Best and Fairest award, now known as the Nichols medal.

Not content with being the youngest winner Leo went on to win the award again in 1946-47 and was runner up three times. No stranger to Northern Territory football’s biggest occasion, Leo played for his beloved Buffaloes in an estimated nine NTFL Grand Finals, suffering the heartbreak of playing in the losing side six times before tasting the ultimate success, famously winning three flags in a row as a key member of the legendary Buffaloes Grand final teams of 1948-49, 1949-50 and 1950-51.

As a man who took his football seriously, Leo Castillon was extremely focused on his fitness and diet, ensuring he was in excellent condition and fully prepared to face the rigors of playing NTFL football at the highest level.

A Buffalo through and through, Leo Castillon was also a great club man, heavily involved in all of the clubs activities. A tough, courageous and uncompromising rover, Leo Castillon was one of the most talented, experienced players in the league in 1948-49 and Leo was named in the NT representative team that played against Alice Springs that season. Leo transferred to the Works and Housing Football Club in 1951-52 and won the club’s award for best new player.

Leo served as club captain from 1951-52 until 1953-54 and was also captain/ coach in 1952-53.  Adding to his tally of individual awards, in 1958-59 Leo won the NTFL Reserve grade Best and Fairest, the Mitch Lee medal. A life member of the NTFL and a life member of the Nightcliff Football Club, Leo Castillon dedicated his life to football. It was his true passion, and his life’s work. Sadly he passed away on the steps of Football Park, Marrara, the evening of the stadium’s first night game.

It is both an honour and a privilege to induct one of Northern Territory footballs true heroes, a man who played a tough but fair brand of football. We welcome Leo Castillon, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

Edward ‘Ted’ Cooper
The Eagles Godfather, Ted Cooper, first played league football with Wanderers in 1953-54 as a sixteen (16) year old, and played until 1968-69.  He was an outstanding footballer who was respected by players and officials of all clubs for his silky skills and exemplary conduct on the field. 

In his long and illustrious career he was never once reported by the umpires, quite a feat considering the tough, unrelenting physical style of football played in the Northern Territory. Ted Cooper was Wanderers Captain in 1960-61 and 1961-62, was a key member of the Wanderers 1957-58 Premiership Team and he was the club’s Leading Goal Kicker a phenomenal six times, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1961-62 and 1964-65. His ability to kick majors also saw him become the NTFL’s leading goal kicker in 1958-59.

He won the Club Best and Fairest in 1956-57, 1957-58 and 1961-62, quickly becoming an Eagles great through sheer determination and honest hard work on the football oval. Ted Cooper is a two time winner of the Northern Territory’s highest individual sporting honour, the prestigious Nichols Medal which he won in 1957-58 and 1961-62.

He was a proud member of the NTFL Representative team that played against the Mt Isa select team known as ‘Mary Kathleen’ in 1961. Bestowed with life membership of his beloved Wanderers in 1968 he was also honored with NTFL Player Life Membership in 1986. In recognition of his talent, Territory icon Ted Egan named Ted Cooper in the 1946 to 1956 Northern Territory Team of the Decade.

A champion player and a true gentleman footballer, Ted Cooper’s sublime talent was matched by his dedication to his craft and a truly outstanding commitment to fair play.

We welcome a genuine Eagles great…a true territory football giant, Edward “Ted” Victor Cooper into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

Calvin ‘Cal’ Dean
Administering the great game of Australian Rules Football can often be a lonely, ardous and thankless task yet Cal Dean expertly and with aplomb administered football in Central Australia for a remarkable four decades. Cal first started his journey with football in Alice Springs in 1963 and as he has been tireless in his endeavours his name is now synonymous with football in the Red Centre. Cal started with Pioneer Football Club serving many years on the committee and, at various times, held roles as Secretary, Delegate & Team Manager. 

He is a Life Member of Pioneer Football Club. His remarkable professionalism, passion and commitment to the game did not go unnoticed as he was awarded the AFL Central Australia Harrison Trophy for Services to Football an astounding 5 times in 1975, 1987, 1994, 1996 and 2004. In 1997 Cal received the National Australian Football Council Merit Award and in 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for Services to Football.

In 2005 Cal was named as a member of 8HA’s Central Australia Outback Team of Champions, which acknowledged the contributions of players, umpires and administrators in Alice Springs since 1948. In 2005 Cal was inducted in to the CAFL Hall of Fame and he is also a CAFL Life Member. The development and progression of local juniors even today is one of Cal’s greatest pleasures and the players from Alice Springs who have made it at national or state level all hold great respect for Cal and  his efforts.

It is fitting that the best on ground medal in the CAFL Under 17 Grand Final is named in his honour. Local’s often say that footy in Alice Springs would not be where it is today without the efforts of Cal Dean and although now retired, Cal Dean remains a major supporter of football in Alice Springs.

We celebrate his career and welcome one of the Territory’s most decorated, most passionate and most dedicated administrators, Cal Dean, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

Douglas Kelly
Often referred to as “Mr Top End Football”, Douglas George Kelly, first started playing with Wanderers Football Club Colts as a 14 year old in 1964 and in all played over 250 League games. Doug was a member of Wanderers Grand Final Teams in 1980-81 and 1984-85 and claimed NT football’s ultimate prize twice as a member of the Wanderers Premiership Teams in 1981-82 and 1982-83.

He was Wanderers Leading Goal Kicker in 1967-68 and 1968-69 and in 1981-82 he was the Leading Goal Kicker in the NTFL. In recognition of his services to the famous club, Doug was honored with Life Membership of Wanderers in 1979. Doug proudly represented the Northern Territory in a game against Mt Isa in 1971-72 and in a game against Queensland in 1972-73. Doug also spent a number seasons in the CAFL playing for South Alice Springs and Federals.

Doug’s immense contribution to Territory football was recognized in 1986 when he was made an NTFL Player Life Member and in 1989 he was also named one of Toyota’s Top 20 NTFL players. Doug was awarded the coveted Steve Abala medal in 1987, a medal that recognizes individuals whose  sporting career has been strongly connected to the Top End and who is considered an ideal role model for Territory youngsters to aspire to emulate.

Residing in Katherine for much of his career it is estimated that Doug travelled the astonishing equivalent of one and half times around the world to play in his estimated 400 senior games in all grades and competitions! It is fitting that each year the Medal presented for Best on Ground in the Katherine League Grand Final is named in his honor. Doug was a key member of Katherine Football Club’s  NTFL Reserve Grade Premiership team in 1985-86 and was joint best and fairest in the same year.

Doug also played 13 leagues with the Katherine Football Club in the 1987-88 NTFL Season and Two (2) games with Nightcliff Football Club in 1988-89. Doug also played seventy (70) games with Eastside Football Club in the KDFL competition and was a member of the clubs 1990-91 and 1993-94 premiership teams. Doug was Eastside’s Leading Goal Kicker three (3) times and won the KDFL’s leading goal kicker award with 63 goals in 1992-93.

Displaying plenty of football prowess late in his career Doug represented the Northern Territory in Super Rules in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 and was named an All Australian at the 1987 National Carnival.

We honour a man, who has quite literally travelled hundreds of thousands of miles to make a remarkable contribution to Territory football. We welcome Doug Kelly, Mr Top End Football, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

Bennie Lew Fatt
The famous Nightcliff Football Club was originally formed as the Works and Housing Football Club in 1950 and it was four years later in 1954 that a 16 year old named Bennie Lew Fatt, the son of Darwin Buffaloes champion and  AFLNT Hall of Fame inductee Walter Lew Fatt, started his playing career at the club.

Bennie Lew Fatt’s remarkable playing career spanned from 1954 to 1968 and saw him become both a Tigers champion and a genuine great of Northern Territory football. Bennie Lew Fatt was Nightcliff Tigers leading goal kicker in 1960-61 and 1965-66 and despite being in the losing side he booted an extraordinary 8 goals in the 1965-66 NTFL Grand Final. He was a key member of the Nightcliff Tigers Premiership winning teams of 1956-57, 1960-61, and 1964-65.

He won the Nightcliff Tigers Best & Fairest 1963-64 and also won the Northern Territory’s most coveted individual sporting award, the Nichols medal, that same year. Benny’s beloved Tigers acknowledged his contribution to the club’s success by awarding him Life Membership in 1967 and he was also awarded NTFL Player Life Membership in 1986.

A Tiger through and through he also coached the club’s colts, passing on his wisdom and knowledge to a new generation of Tigers. It is fitting that a man who gave his all in each and every game  for the club he loved and served so well, assumes  his rightful place alongside his father Walter, in the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

Noel Long
The surname ‘Long’ is a name that football fans throughout the Territory and beyond revere.The brother of AFL icon and AFLNT Hall of Fame Legend Michael Long, Noel is a Territory football great, a man whose football achievements are endless, a man whose talent, skill and passion for game have earned him the respect of players and fans alike.

Noel played 17 glorious seasons of league football in the Northern Territory and along the way won an astonishing 11 Premierships with St Mary’s; Noel Long also enjoyed a stellar representative career, proudly representing the Territory a remarkable eleven times. He played against Alice Springs in 1984, Glenelg in 1985, the Sydney Swans in 1987, North Melbourne in 1988, Essendon in 1989 and 1990,  Port Adelaide in 1989, St Kilda in 1990, Hawthorn in 1991, Geelong in 1992  and Melbourne in 1993.

Few men have represented the Territory with the fierce determination and commitment to the guernsey displayed by Noel Long. Noel won the St Marys Best & Fairest three times, in 1989/90, 1991/92 and 1992/93 a year that saw him also win the prestigious Nichols Medal. Noel Long proved to be a man for the biggest occasion, and cometh the hour, cometh the man, his performances in Grand Final’s are still talked about today.

He is a three time Chaney Medallist having been judged best on ground in the NTFL Grand final in 1989/90, 1994/95 and again 1995/96, the year he was also club captain. Noel Longs three Chaney medals stand as testament to his footballing talent. Noel also played league football with West Torrens in the SANFL and three games for East Perth in the WAFL before injury prevented him playing more games in both states. Noel played in the NTFA for two seasons winning the NTFA’s Best & Fairest in 1998/99 playing for Tracy Village.

Noel made a comeback with St Marys in 1999/00 season and proved that he still had the magic touch that made him the champion he is. Noel Long is a Life Member of the NTFL and a Life Member of St Marys Football Club. He played a total of 216 games sensational games and was named on the wing in the ‘Back to Cyclone Tracy Team of Two Decades’.

We are both honoured and privileged to welcome Noel Long, a true champion, and a true Territory football great, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

Vic Ludwig
Victor Samuel Ludwig presided over the Northern Territory’s most successful football club, St Mary’sfor over forty years and is considered to be the godfather of the  famous ‘green and gold’. Vic Ludwig was born in Bundaberg Queensland 1928. At the outbreak of the war Mrs. Ludwig moved the family in 1942 to Mt Isa. 

Vic, and a few of his mates jumped on their bikes and set off looking for work in the gold and copper mines at Tennant Creek but eventually found their  way  to Darwin in February 1948. As an employee of department Works & Housing, Vic joined that club having previously played with Waratah Football Club. Vic took up umpiring Junior and Reserve Grade in the NTFL from 1958-59 to 1960-61. 

When St Marys , the club that he would dedicate his life to ,was formed in 1952 Vic transferred to the green and gold  and played  reserve grade  the following season. Vic commenced his lifetime of administering the Green and Gold machine in 1962, and took  over the role of president in 1963-64. Vic became St Mary’s Northern Territory Football League delegate that same year. He held both positions until 2004-05, an astonishing total of forty one years, believed to be a record in Australian Rules football administration.

Vic broke the long standing football administration record of LA Adamson, who served as VFA president for 37 years from 1896 to 1932. Awarded NTFL Life Membership in 1969, Vic also became an NTFL delegate to National Australian Football Council In 1982; he received a National Football League Certificate of Merit 1983 and was awarded the order of Australia Medal from Queens Birthday Honors List in 1997.

Vic presided over each of the Saints most successful and famous eras with the green and gold winning 18 premierships and 15 reserve grade flags. Nobody in Saint Mary’s storied history is more deserving of the Life Membership bestowed upon them by their club than Victor Samuel Ludwig who to this day continues to attend games played by his beloved St Mary’s along with his wife Sadie. 

We honour a truly astounding contribution to Territory Football by inducting the Godfather of the Green and Gold, Vic Ludwig, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

Henry Peckham
Centralian Henry Peckham, an Indigenous Rover from Alice Springs is considered to be one of Central Australia’s finest footballers. A key member of the Pioneers Football Club  Premiership teams of 1947, 1948, 1949,1951, 1953, 1956 & 1957, he was the  CAFL’s  leading goal kicker in  1948 & 1953 booting an almighty 74 goals for Pioneers.

He was awarded the CAFL Mail Medal in 1949 and was a member of the CAFL representative team that played against the NTFL in 1948; again in  1949 - a game that saw him judged Best on Ground; and a third time  in 1952.

Henry Peckham is thought to be the first Territorian to play League Football in any interstate football competition playing with SANFL side West Adelaide in 1950. Having kicked 13 goals for West Adelaide Reserves, Henry made his debut against South Adelaide on 13th May 1950 as a second rover and went on to be named Best on Ground whilst displaying a keen eye for goal, kicking an impressive 5 majors.

The Adelaide Advertiser described the League Football debut of Henry Peckham, from Alice Springs as ‘an outstanding success.’ Henry Peckham demonstrated exceptional endurance and always had plenty left in the tank after being in the thick of it all day. He was adept in the play-on style, creating the loose man intelligently in the forward lines. His natural ability to get the ball for himself and dispose of it to advantage stamped him as a fine footballer.

Henry played a further five (5) league matches before injury cut short his promising SANFL career. Henry Peckham became one of only seven players from the inaugural CAFL competition to be selected in the 8HA AFL Central Australia Outback Team of Champions in 2005 and in that same year Henry was inducted into the AFL Central Australia Hall of Fame.

A gifted Rover with an abundance of skill and a tremendous commitment to the game he played with such admirable fervour, we are honoured to induct Henry Peckham into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

William Roe B.E.M
Billy Roe was born in Broome W.A in 1934 and is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest players to don the green and gold of St Mary’s. After moving to Darwin Billy joined Wanderers Football Club in 1951/52, which had just finished runners up to Buffaloes in the league grand final.

He also played two seasons with the Eagles from 1962 to 1964. Billy famously became the first NTFL player to play in the West Australian Football League winning a Premiership with East Perth in 1956 where he was judged Best on Ground. Billy proved to have a keen eye for goal out west kicking 12 goals in 15 leagues games.

Billy started playing with St Mary’s Football Club from 1952-53 to 1961-62 and in 1964-65 he proudly became Captain Coach before his retirement after the 1970-71 Grand Final. No stranger to grand finals Billy was a member of St Mary’s grand final runners up teams in 1960-61, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70 and 1970-71 but tasted the ultimate in success, becoming a St Mary’s premiership player a remarkable 6 times in  1954-55 ,  1955-56, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1965-66 and 1966-67.

He was Best on Ground in the 1954-55 Grand Final where he once again proved to be a match winner who relished the challenge of performing in the biggest of games! His keen eye for goal led him to be St Mary’s Leading Goal Kicker in the 1965-66 season   kicking an impressive 42 goals. Fittingly after a superb season in 1954-55, Billy won the coveted NTFL Best and Fairest, the prestigious Nichols medal. Proving his dedication to the code of AFL Billy coached the first Aboriginal Australian Rules Football Team to play in Papua New Guinea In 1972.

On 3rd June 1978 Bill was awarded B.E.M (British Empire Medal) in the Queens Birthday honors list for his lifetime contribution to sports and football in particular. Billy Roe became an NTFL life member in 1972 and is a proud St Mary’s Football Club Life Member.

We welcome Billy Roe, one of the Territory’s true football greats, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

2010 - Legends

Bill Dempsey, David Kantilla, Michael Long, Michael McLean, Maurice Rioli, Darryl White

2010 Inductees

Steve Abala Snr, William ‘Put’ Ahmat, Jimmy Anderson, Michael Athanasiou, Don Bonson Snr, Reuben Cooper Snr, Dennis Dunn, Hunter Harrison, Russell Jeffrey, Walter Lew Fatt, Ted Liddy, Don McMillan,Mark Motlop, Dean Newman, Joseph W. Nichols, Brother John Pye,Tony Shaw, John Taylor, John ‘Bubba’ Tye

NOTE: While AFLNT has attempted to ensure that all historical facts are true and correct some may differ from that due to a lack of historical data and due to Cyclone Tracy. AFLNT apologises in advance if any of the facts below are incorrect.


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