JUST days before his final game, the City of Fremantle has announced retiring Docker great Matthew Pavlich will be inducted to the Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame.
A ceremonial paving block bearing Pavlich’s name and the years he spent with the Dockers will be added to the walk of fame in Kings Square next month, while a plaque will also be mounted in the Town Hall Administration Centre’s hall of fame board.
Pavlich will join 78 other names who have made lasting contributions to sport in Fremantle, including basketballer Luc Longley and former West Coast Eagles coach John Worsfold.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the inclusion was a “no brainer”.
“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.”