Hopkins makes leap into Hall

Frank Hopkins was inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame.
Frank Hopkins was inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame.

Falcons 1932 premiership player Frank Hopkins, known for his spectacular marking ability, made his debut for the club in 1926.

The tall forward was the WAFL’s leading goal kicker in 1930, playing 128 games for West Perth before finishing his career with Claremont in 1941.

Often regarded as having the biggest leap of his time, his son Peter Hopkins likened him to Nic Naitanui.

‘He was a very brilliant mark,’ he said

‘Naitanui’s got the strength in his legs and I think dad had that as well.’

Hopkins, who died in 1960 when he was 50, follows the likes of West Perth greats Graham Farmer and Mel Whinnen into WA football immortality.

His induction adds to a strong West Perth presence in the Hall of Fame.

More than 20 former Falcons have become Hall of Famers since the WAFC established the honour in 2002.