HE is already considered the greatest ever Fremantle Docker, but Matthew Pavlich has now been immortalised in the port city he has called home for the last 17 years.
City of Fremantle joined Pavlich in unveiling his Hall of Fame plaque and Walk of Fame stone at the Fremantle Town Hall today , an accolade mayor Brad Pettitt said was deserved after a 17-year, 353-game and 700-goal career with the Dockers.
“Matthew is a wonderful ambassador for the Fremantle Football Club and the AFL and has been an inspiration to the Fremantle community for many years; so the decision to induct him was a very easy one to make,” he said.
“While undeniably the Dockers’ greatest ever player for the skill and leadership he’s shown on the field, this induction is as much about his off-field contribution where he’s used his high profile to make a positive contribution to society, including to the local community here.
“He’s as much a part of the furniture in Freo as anyone else before him and on behalf of the Fremantle community I thank and congratulate him on and outstanding AFL career and welcome him into the sporting hall of fame.”
There are more than 70 names in Fremantle’s Hall of Fame, including basketball great Luc Longley and West Coast Eagles premiership player and coach John Worsfold.