Cable officially made an AFL Legend
Superstar rover Barry Cable, who has long enjoyed legendary sporting status in two states, had that made official on Wednesday night when he was named by the AFL as the 24th Legend of the Game.
Success followed the brilliant Cable wherever he went in football.
He won three Sandover Medals as the best player in the WAFL in 1964, 1968 and 1973 – interspersed by a year with North Melbourne – before moving to the Kangaroos in 1974 or a longer four-year stint, where he played a key role in the club’s first two VFL premiership sides in 1975 and 1977.
Cable also won three successive premierships as a player with Perth from 1966-68 and another one as captain-coach of East Perth in 1978, the year after he returned home following 115 games for the Kangaroos.
He always prided himself on his fitness and was one of the best exponents of handball in the sport’s history.
“I’d always like to think that I gave it my best shot,” said Cable.
“If that meant I was in the top group then that’s how it would be.”
Cable is also a legend in the WA Football Hall of Fame, the starting rover in the Indigenous and the North Melbourne teams of the century and a three-time All-Australian, the last occasion coming as a coach in 1979.
Dual St Kilda Brownlow Medallist Robert Harvey headlined a group of six former players inducted into the Hall of Fame at the annual function on Wednesday night.
Harvey retired at the end of the 2008 season after a 21-year career which included 383 games, four club best and fairest awards and back-to-back Brownlows in 1997-98.
Three other modern-day stars – Hawthorn captain and 1999 Brownlow medallist Shane Crawford, Western Bulldogs’ key position player Chris Grant and North Melbourne’s Glenn Archer – were also among the inductees.
Crawford retired after playing in the Hawks’ 2008 premiership team, nine years after he won the Brownlow Medal.
He won the Hawks’ best and fairest award four times.
Due to a controversial one-match suspension, Grant was famously denied the Brownlow in 1997 despite polling the highest number of votes.
He played 341 games for the Bulldogs from 1990-2007, kicking 554 goals.
Two-time premiership star Archer’s many other honours in the game include being voted North Melbourne’s Shinboner of the Century as the player who best embodied the club’s spirit.
South Australian Graham Cornes was inducted for a career that included 359 SANFL games – the vast majority of them for Glenelg – two All-Australians selection as a player and another two as coach.
He also spent four years as the inaugural coach of the Adelaide Crows.
The other inductee was five-time Melbourne premiership player Bob Johnson.
The intimidating ruckman played in the Demons’ golden era, winning flags in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959 and 1960.
He then headed west and spent five years as captain-coach of WAFL side East Fremantle.© AAP 2013
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