No thanks Pav: why Matthew Pavlich doesn’t deserve a statue

Matthew Pavlich leaves the ground for the last time. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Matthew Pavlich leaves the ground for the last time. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

While there is a groundswell of support to honour the Fremantle champion, there are plenty of people who should be immortalised before the retiring forward, writes Rachel Fenner.

SURE I like Matthew Pavlich, but does he deserve a statue?

He’s not even from WA for a start.

Sure, he’s definitely been the Fremantle Dockers best player.

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But I can think of other WA footy legends that are more deserving.

John Worsfold for a start. The West Coast Eagles vice-captain, captain and then coach has been one of the greatest influences on the AFL in WA.

He played more than 200 games and had a major part in the winning of multiple Grand Finals at the club.

Worsfold was even from Fremantle.

Peter Sumich – he kicked 514 goals during his career at West Coast.

Pretty boy Priddis – the Sandover medallist turned Brownlow medallist.

And the player who will always hold my heart and who should have been WA’s first Brownlow winner: Peter Matera.

The finest wingman of his generation, born in Wagin.

West Coast would not have won their first Grand Final in 1992 without Matera kicking five goals.

Matera was All Australian twice and a runner-up in the Brownlow.

What about Cable, Glendinning or Moss?

No doubt Pav is a champion, but there are a few blokes who need honouring before we get to him.