Fremantle football legends Maurice Rioli and Ray Sorrell join pantheon of game’s greats in Australian Football Hall of Fame


Maurice Rioli was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
Maurice Rioli was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

TWO of Fremantle’s WAFL greats were recognised for their incredible careers last night, becoming the latest to be inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Ray Sorrell and the late Maurice Rioli were among six to be inducted into the hall of fame, which recognises players, officials, coaches and administrators who have made an outstanding contribution to the national sport.

Rioli played 168 games for South Fremantle in the WAFL and 118 games for Richmond in the AFL, becoming a prolific goal kicker for both clubs and helping South Fremantle to the 1980 premiership.

His many accolades include a Norm Smith Medal, three Simpson Medals, two Richmond Best and Fairest, four All Australian nods and inductions into the Indigenous Team of the Century, the WA Hall of Fame and the Northern Territory Hall of Fame.

Ray Sorrell had ties to both Fremantle clubs, playing 155 games for East Fremantle and 25 games for South Fremantle.

He represented WA 18 times, was named All Australian twice, won the Sandover Medal and Simpson Medal twice each and was inducted into the East Fremantle Team of the Century and the WA Hall of Fame.

Other 2016 inductees include Adelaide Crow Ben Hart, Brisbane Lion Nigel Lappin, South Australian Paul Bagshaw and St Kilda’s Verdun Howell.