1990 - 2008 - Part 2

No. 138. Alan McKenzie

A life-time servant of Australian Football, he has been president of Southport Football Club for almost 35 years after a distinguished playing career and has also served the code with distinction as a volunteer medical officer, coach, selector and administrator. A born and bred Queenslander, he was a foundation junior player with Sherwood and played 110 Queensland Australian Football League games with neighbouring Western Districts (1964-70). Represented Queensland at 19 and captained Wests at 23 before an injury-forced retirement the next year.more

No. 140. Roger Merrett

One of Queensland football’s favourite adopted sons, having captained the Brisbane Bears and coached the Brisbane Lions after twice tasting AFL premiership success at Essendon. A fearless and inspirational key forward and leader, he played a total of 313 AFL games and kicked 433 goals with Essendon (1978-87) and the Bears (1988-1996). Arguably the greatest recruit in the Bears' 10-year history, he was recognised as the club’s first Life Member after his retirement in ’96, when he was the AFL’s oldest player at 36.more

No. 141 Mal Michael

Powerhouse fullback and member of the Queensland Team of the Century, he played 238 AFL games with Collingwood, the Brisbane Lions and Essendon from 1997-2008 was a key figure in the Lions’ premiership hat-trick of 2001-02-03. He will always hold pride of place on the AFL trivia list – he was the first player ever to be elevated from a rookie list toplay senior football, and was the man on the mark when Tony Lockett kicked his recordbreaking 1300th AFL goal in 1999.more

No. 142 Darren Morris

A former Coorparoo junior turned field umpire who controlled 88 State League matches including the 1997 and ’98 grand finals. Headed to Melbourne in ’99 and officiated in 100 AFL matches including a stellar 2002 when he controlled a Preliminary Final and was the emergency umpire for the Grand Final. Was named in the AFL Queensland Umpires Association Team of the Century in 2003.more

No. 143 Katrina Morris

Coorparoo High School student who began a ground-breaking umpiring career as an 18-year-old in 1989 after being recruited to football through a school’s recruitment campaign conducted by former AFL Grand Final umpire Neville Nash. Officiated in 212 State League matches, including the 1996 and 2000 grand finals. Created unprecedented interest upon her appointment as the first female umpire in AFL history in May 2000 at the Gabba when the Brisbane Lions played Richmond.more

No. 144 Nick Riewoldt

Queensland’s first and only No.1 AFL draft pick, he is one of St.Kilda’s all-time greats at 26 and is destined for a place in the AFL Hall of Fame. Born in Tasmania, where his family is a football institution, he moved to the Gold Coast aged 10 but didn’t take up football seriously until age 13, preferring soccer in his youth. But he’s more than made up for lost time after graduating from the junior ranks at Broadbeach to play in Southport’s 2000 AFLQ premiership side aged 17 after he’d starred for Queensland at the 2000 Australian U18 Championships.more

No. 146 Dean Warren

An outstanding Queensland servant of Australian football on and off the field, he enjoys the rare distinction of climbing to the top of the tree as a local player before become a senior member of the AFL management team. Born in Melbourne but raised in Gympie, he joined Wilston-Grange Football Club in 1986, was a member of the inaugural Brisbane Bears training squad and was on the Bears Supplementary List in ’89.more

No. 147 Terry Wilson

The doyen of AFL journalists on the Gold Coast, he has covered the code for the Gold Coast Bulletin for 26 years since Southport joined the then AFLQ competition in 1983. Born in Sydney, he spent part of his early childhood in Port Morseby before living in Cairns from 1956-71, playing Australian Rules on Saturdays and Rugby League on Sundays. He moved to the Gold Coast in 1973 and first worked at the Bulletin as a type-setter.more

No. 148 Steve Lawrence

A fearless defender/utility who defied two knee reconstructions early in his career to play 120 AFL games with Brisbane and St Kilda. Born in Tasmania, he moved with his family to Melbourne aged four and then to the Gold Coast in 1987. A Southport junior, he was an All-Australian Teal Cup choice and Queensland B&F winner at the national carnival in 1993 and played 50 QAFL games with the Sharks before making his AFL debut in '95.more

No. 149 Jason Akermanis

An explosive utility player who became Queensland's second Brownlow Medalist in 2001, was a key member of the Brisbane Lions triple premiership sides of 2001-02-03 and was named first rover in the Queensland Team of the Century. Born in Mildura but a product of Mayne, he was an All-Australian Teal Cup selection in 1994. Made his AFL debut in 1995 and played 248 games for 307 goals with the Brisbane Bears/Lions until 2006 before a much-publicised split with coach Leigh Matthews saw him head to the Western Bulldogs to finish his career.more

No. 150 Gavin Crosisca

A member of Queensland’s AFL Premiership Club, he was a champion player with Collingwood for 14 years and a half back flanker in the Queensland Team of the Century. A standout Moorooka junior and All-Australian Schoolboys and Teal Cup (U17) selection, he played at Western Districts and represented Queensland as a 16-year-old before heading south to forge a wonderful AFL career at Collingwood after being signed on a ‘Form Four’ recruiting concession.more
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