Whinnen, Naylor inducted into AFL Hall of Fame

Bernie Naylor. Photo: AFL.com.au
Bernie Naylor. Photo: AFL.com.au

WEST Perth centreman Mel Whinnen and South Fremantle goalkicking machine Bernie Naylor were linducted into the AFL Hall of Fame last night.

Whinnen (75) was in Melbourne to receive the honour, while Naylor – who died of cancer in 1993 – was inducted posthumously.

Whinnen was a pacy and elusive midfielder won an incredible nine best and fairests at West Perth, where he played 371 games from 1960-1977.

That included premierships in 1960, 1969, 1971 and 1975, and he was runner-up in the Sandover Medal in 1964 and 1971.

Mel Whinnen. Photo: AFL.com.au

Naylor, for whom who the WAFL names its leading goalkicker award, kicked 1034 goals from 195 games at South Fremantle despite having his career interrupted by World War II.

In 1953, he kicked 23 goals in a game against Subiaco at Fremantle Oval – including a lazy 12 in the third quarter alone.

Naylor’s daughter Anne Lemmone described his induction into the Hall of Fame as a “privilege and an honour”.

“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” she said.

Former Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy was inducted as a Legend, while former Geelong defender Matthew Scarlett, Carlton great Wayne Johnston, Hawthorn star Terry Wallace and Melbourne forward David Neitz were the other inductees.

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