Outstanding performances and coaching over the years warrant special mention

Southport Sharks Events Centre hosts the impressive Southport Sharks Australian Rules Football Club Hall of Fame, situated within the foyer.

Hall of Fame Inductees consist of founding members, talented footballers and coaches – all these dedicated people warrant a special mention.

Recognising those whose contribution was crucial in the club’s rise to success. The following prestigious list accounts Hall of Fame Inductees from 1961 to present.

2019 Southport Sharks Hall of Fame Inductees

Josh Baxter

Josh Baxter

An ex-Victorian key forward, Baxter was a reliable and hard-working forward who holds the record as the second highest goal kicker in NEAFL history.  He played 104 games during two stints at Southport between 2011 and 2018 and was a QAFL / NEAFL representative player. He is the first of our 2018 NEAFL Premiership Players

Jason Burge

Jason Burge

A Southport Sharks Junior and a prolific and determined on baller, Burge played 167 games from 2005-2016 and is a Playing Life Member of the Club.  He was a Premiership player in the 2006 and 2008 teams and was awarded the Doc Mackenzie Medal for Best and Fairest in 2012 and 2013 and Club Captain

Sam Gilbert

Sam Gilbert

Starting as a Coolangatta Junior, Sam moved to Southport Sharks to play in the AFLQ State League and was a member of the 2005 Premiership team.  He was drafted by St Kilda in 2005 at pick 33 and went on to play 208 AFL games. Representing Australia in two International Rules games, Sam was an

Ben Headland

Ben Headland

A Southport Junior, Headland was a versatile and reliable utility who excelled across the half-back.  He played 132 games at Southport from 2007-2016 and played NEAFL representative football. He was a 2008 Premiership player and Club Captain in 2015 and 2016, before finishing his career at Palm Beach.

Ben Merrett

Ben Merrett

Merrett was a key Forward and hard running player who was a vital link in two Premierships.  He played 187 games from 2005-2015 in the QAFL and NEAFL, including 2006-2008 Premierships and is a Playing Life Member of the Club.  He moved to Bond University in 2016 to play in the QFA South Competition and

Daniel Merrett

Daniel Merrett

Daniel came to Southport, from other sports including rugby league, through the AFLQ Talent Search program.  Drafted by Brisbane Lions in the 2002 AFL draft, he played 200 AFL games and was awarded a Player Life Membership. After announcing his retirement from AFL in 2016, he went on to become Assistant Coach of Brisbane’s AFLW

Wayde Mills

Wayde Mills

Originally a Coolangatta junior, Mills played 101 games for Southport as a versatile key position player, mainly in defence.   A Premiership player in 2005 before being drafted by Brisbane at pick 25. He played 16 games, was delisted at the end of 2008 and then joined Glenelg for 43 games in the SANFL, being

Fraser Pope

Fraser Pope

A Surfers Paradise junior, Pope was a determined and reliable midfielder and dangerous small forward.  He played 126 games at Southport from 2005 – 2015 including the 2006 and 2008 Premierships. Pope won the Grogan Medal in 2012.

Peter Riewoldt

Peter Riewoldt

Peter was a very competitive Ruck and Key Forward from Tasmania and played 75 games for Southport between 1987-1991.  He was a regular State Representative player, playing five games for Queensland and played a key role in three Premierships in 1987,1989 and 1990.

Andrew Raines

Andrew Raines

Raines began playing his junior football at Palm Beach before switching to Southport Sharks.  He was drafted in 2003 by Richmond and played a total of 129 Games for Richmond, Brisbane and Gold Coast.  He represented Australia in two International Rules games and was both Runner Up in the AFL Rising Star Award and Richmond’s

Leigh Ryswyk

Leigh Ryswyk

A Southport Junior from an early age, he represented Queensland in the 2003 Under 18 Championships before being drafted in 2005 by Brisbane Lions via the Rookie list.   He played only one AFL game, before being delisted after a quad injury. In 2006, Ryswyk moved to South Australia and played for North Adelaide, playing 232

Glenn Screech

Glenn Screech

Screech was a Southport Junior, originating from WA.  He was a determined and dependable player who started as a defender early in his career and effective small forward in later years.  He played 192 games at Southport from 2005-2016 including the 2006 and 2008 Premierships. He is a Playing Life Member and went on to

Paul Siede

Paul Siede

Originally from Broken Hill, Siede was a Ruckman at Southport Sharks from 1989-1994.  He played 90 senior games including the 1990 and 1992 Premierships and was awarded the Joe Grant Medal for Best on the Ground in the 1992 Grand Final.

Kurt Tippett

Kurt Tippett

Tippett’s first love of basketball saw him make the Under 18 Queensland side, when in 2005 he was  identified through the AFLQ Talent Search program. After playing in Southport Sharks’ 2006 Premiership team, he was drafted by Adelaide Crows at pick 32, before being famously transferred to Sydney Swans in 2013.    He played a

Jesse White

Jesse White

A Surfers Paradise junior and talented youth basketball player, Jesse White came to Southport Sharks in 2005.  He was in the undefeated Queensland U18 National Champion team before being drafted in 2006 to Sydney Swans.  He played a total of 127 games for Sydney and Collingwood and was an AFL Rising Star nominee in 2009.

Southport Sharks Hall of Fame Inductees

Marcus Ashcroft

Marcus Ashcroft

Played 318 games for Bears/Lions. Triple AFL Premiership player 2001, 2002 and 2003. Started senior career at Southport prior to being listed by Bears. Local Surfers Paradise junior who went on to show what ability combined with dedication and hard work can achieve. Along with Matty Kennedy a pioneer role model to Gold Coast up and coming juniors.

David Ashkar

David Ashkar

Played 89 senior games and 105 for the club in total (including 1989 and 1990 premierships). Was a very quick Wingman/Forward between 1988 and 1994. A Queensland Rep player. Went on to establish a coaching career at Burleigh and Labrador as well as Assistant Coaching positions at Southport. He is the current State Under 18 Coach.

David Bain

David Bain

Played between 1995 - 2000 (110 games). Best & Fairest 1995.Premiership Captain 4 times. Grogan Medalist 2 times. Outstanding playing career with sharks after playing for Brisbane & Fitzroy in the AFL as well as a Sandover medalist in the WAFL. Inaugural Captain and team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Sean Ballans

Sean Ballans

Mid fielder. Came to Southport from Lara and was a Member of 1997, 1998, 1999 Premiership teams. Represented Queensland and won Joe Grant Medal 1999 (Best on Ground Grand Final). Club Best and Fairest in 1998 and 1999. Rarely beaten knocked up winning the hard ball time and time again. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Ken Best

Ken Best

Played through the early years and was a key figure Coach in 1967 and Premiership player Ken was successful in being listed by Collingwood, but AFC Development State ruling at time barred his clearance Along with Davey Burns one of the pioneer players of the SAFC

Campbell Black

Campbell Black

Versatile utility and later defender. Club Junior, played 124 senior games including 1999 and 2000 premierships. Played 2 QLD and 3 Tasmania Rep games. Listed Brisbane Bears player 1991 and 1992. Left Footer who loved a goal and read the game wonderfully well. Big occasion player.

Dean Bowtell

Dean Bowtell

Dean Bowtell

Flanker and defender. Southport Sharks Junior. Played 160 senior games including 1990, 1997, 1998 and 1999 premierships. Played State Football for QLD and was on Bears list. Also played Senior football for West Adelaide in SANFL. Got the big jobs in the big games down back rarely failed. Playing life member of Southport 150 games/10 years service and current CEO. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Dean Bowtell

Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley

CHB Ex Collingwood supp list player who came to Southport in 1999. Played in 1999 and 2000 Premierships. Best & Fairest 2000 and 2001. QLD State Rep who continued his career with distinction at South Adelaide. Super grab and physically powerful who also would go in the ruck and change the game. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Don Brown

Don Brown

Inaugural playing member. Featured in Gold Coast representative sides as Ruckman. Promoted Gold Coast Football with his newspaper columns Served on the club committee. Well remembered for creating a striking mural of Davey Burns which formed a feature wall at the Down Under Bar of the Pacific Hotel.

Davey Burns

Davey Burns

Played between 1961 - 1981 A pioneer player of SAFC Best & Fairest 1964, 1968 and 1969 Premiership Captain & Coach Games record holder 230+ games Player Life Member 150 games/10 years service

Darren Carlson

Darren Carlson

Played 64 games for Southport as Wingman/Onballer including the premierships of 1985, 1987 and 1989. The first Gold Coast player to be elevated to the Brisbane Bears list out of the QAFL competition. Played 25 AFL games and went on to a distinguished SANFL career with West Adelaide before finishing his football at Southport. He represented Queensland on 10 occasions and is still actively involved in AFLQ state programs.

Dane Carmody

Dane Carmody

Came from Subiaco in 2004 and is a current player. He has played as a very committed Midfielder during his 129 games so far. He was a State Rep in 2004. A regular top 4 finisher for Best and Fairest. A triple premiership player in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

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Ken Clark

Ken Clark

Played between 1977 - 1984 (125 games). Premiership Player 1977, 1979 and 1980. Prodigious left foot kick who could kick goals from anywhere. Dangerous half forward flanker who played the small Owen park oval well. Represented Gold Coast V PNG more than once.

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Jason Cotter

Jason Cotter

Played 1983 - 1994 (188 games). Premiership player 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990 & 1992. Coached 3 Premierships 1998, 1999 (undefeated) and 2000. Best & Fairest 1985 and 1990. League (Grogan) Medallist 1990 and 1993. Regular State Representative & State Captain. Coached QLD State open side 2007, 8, 9, 10, 11. Player Life Member 150 games / 10 year’s service. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Sean Coughlan

Sean Coughlan

Player centre half forward 116 games. Played in 4 premierships from 1997 - 2000. QLD Representative player. Super CHF who constantly straighten the teams ball movement with his well timed leading. Wally Fankhauser Award recipient 2002. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Troy Crossley

Troy Crossley

Ruckman/defender. Played 95 games. Played in 1999 and 2000 premiership sides. State Representative player who continued his career as a premiership coach at Burleigh. Had a stint in the SANFL who was a tall athletic running backman who constantly turned the ball back the Sharks way. Wally Fankhauser Award recipient 1999.

Craig Crowley

Craig Crowley

Played between 1983 - 1993 (190 games). Best & Fairest 1988, 89. Premiership Captain 1990. Premiership Player 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1992. State Representative 12 times. Senior Premiership Coach 2006 and 2008. Aggressive half back flanker who was a super skillful kick both sides of his body. Player Life Member 150 games/10 years service. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Norm Dare

Norm Dare

Coach 1982 - 1988, 2004 - 2005. 8 Grand Finals with 4 Flags (1983, 1985, 1987 & 2005). Coached the victorious QLD State Sides 1983, 1984. Also coached QLD State of Origin Side in 1991 to victory against Victoria B state side. Life member. Named Inaugural Coach of Sharks first 25 years 1983-2008.

Milton Davis

Milton Davis

Milton Davis

Played between 1976 - 1993 (69S & 120R. Played over 200 club games. Consummate clubman who played his role week in week out. Held in high regard by committee, coaches & playing group for his courage, toughness and aggression at the ball.

Milton Davis

Adam Devine

Adam Devine

Club Junior. Sharks games record holder with 230 games played. State Representative player 2007 and 2009. Premiership player in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Gets accountability roles most weeks, plus gathers possessions at will. Will give club games record a shake. Player Life Member 150 games/10 years service. Wally Fankhauser Award recipient 2007.

Royce Enders

Royce Enders

Played 62 senior games and 95 club games between 1990 and 1996 as Wingman. Best and Fairerst winner in 1991. Premiership player in 1992. Continued to be heavily involved in Southport Junior and Youth development. Has been player manager for several young Queenslanders who have progressed to the AFL.

Peter Guy

Peter Guy

Played between 1983 - 1989 (88 games). Best & Fairest 1983 and 1984. Premiership Player 1983, 1985 and 1989. Regular State Representative. Hailed from Mordiallic in the VFL via Coolangatta. Superb tap ruckman who was a super mark and kick. Won 1983 Grogan medal. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Daniel Hawkins

Daniel Hawkins

(2005 - 2008). Daniel came into the club via Coolangatta He played 87 senior games. Premiership player in 2005, 2006 & 2008 QLD State Representative in 2005, 2007 & 2008 A rebound half back flanker who played with a never say die attitude. Renowned for his intercept play and his long kicks, Daniel was resilient and only missed one game through four seasons of football

Craig Headland

Craig Headland

David James

David James

Played first 117 /119 games when arriving in 2003 from Hastings. Best & Fairest 2004, 2006 and 2008. Regular State Representative. Premiership player 2005, 2006 and 2008. Consummate/classy wingman who gathers possessions at will and kicks goals. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Luke Jenkins

Luke Jenkins

Came to club from Box Hill in 2000. Played 100+ games. Best & Fairest 2002. Premiership player 2005 and 2008. Versatile athletic utility a great grab, who was at home, forward or back. Played an inspirational final game in the 2008 premiership when he fought his way back from a knee reconstruction the year prior. Running half back with exquisite skills. Wally Fankhauser Award recipient 2003.

Grant Jones

Grant Jones

Played between 1972 - 1982 (93S & 97R) Creative running backman who started his senior career as a forward Premiership Player 1975, 1976, 1979 and 1980 Super clubman who always put the team first. Never say die attitude who inspired others

Robbie Jones

Robbie Jones

Southport Sharks Junior. A rover, played 88 games and who played in Premierships in 1989, 1990 and 1992. Super skillful left foot rover who would deliver ball into forward line with precision. Represented QLD at State level.

Matthew Kennedy

Matthew Kennedy

Premiership player 1989. 180 AFL games for Bears/Lions. Local Surfers Paradise Junior. Power Backman who got the big jobs at AFL level. Ironically played forward in 1989 premiership only to go on to be a power backman at AFL level. A super trainer who left no stone unturned. A role model for juniors in years to come.

Steven Lawrence

Steven Lawrence

Played for Southport Sharks Juniors and Seniors and went on to play 126 games for Bears/Lions and St Kilda. Like his father Barry who played for St Kilda a super determined never say die player who won respect through his unwavering commitment to the team and single minded work ethic. Never took a backward step.

Scott Lawton

Scott Lawton

Defender from Palm Beach. Bears listed player and QLD Representative player. Played in premierships in 1989, 1990, 1997 and 2000. Became Captain Coach. Coached a Premiership at Ganmain and has continued his career as Coach of Palm Beach and Coolangatta. Running backman who never was beaten. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Rod Mackay

Rod Mackay

Played 123 games. Played in 1998, 1999 and 2000 Premierships. Ray Hughson Medal 3 times for leading goal kicker. Freakish high flying forward, renowned for banana kick goals. “Rocket” Rod would kick goals and take marks that would demoralise opposition sides.

Craig Mansbridge

Craig Mansbridge

Playing Life member. Played 163 games as half forward and defender. Premiership player in 1992 ,1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Versatile utility who played mainly forward but could also play defence. A clever ball user who could kick goals when required. An untimely suspension in 1990 cost him his first premiership. Went down back in 2000 premiership and helped turn the game. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Nick Mansbridge

Nick Mansbridge

Played 106 games as a midfielder. Important part of 4 flags from 1997 - 2000. Tough as teak, midfielder who had a ‘never say die’ attitude. Run all day and always played well in finals. In and under ball magnet who could kick a goal. Wally Fankhauser award recipient in 2001 for his straight out approach.

Bob Manuel

Bob Manuel

Started his football career in the Under 14 side at Reservoir. Continued to Under 18's at Epping where he commenced a senior career in 1959. Bob was a foundation player for Southport in 1961 and finished in 1966. An Onballer/Rover with great skill and tenacity. A regular Gold Coast Rep player. Won Best and Fairest in 1963 and equal Best and Fairest in 1965 alongside D. Napper and K. Rodger.

Ken McDonald *

Ken McDonald *

First Captain/Coach of the Southport Magpies. Heavily involved in Gold Coast representative sides that pioneered the development of Gold Coast Football. Played Centreman/Rover. Renowned for his ability to accurately deliver the ball with either foot. Had a long term association with the club and was active in the early junior development programs

Phil McGarry

Phil McGarry

Came to Southport after playing at Palm Beach and Morningside. As a tall Defender or tall Forward he was a tough, uncompromising opponent. He was a regular Queensland Rep choice and played 15 state games. A dual premiership player in 1987 and 1990. After knee injuries forced him into retirement he continued his football involvement as a sports trainer.

Ben McEntee

Ben McEntee

Came to Southport from Norwood. Played 93 games as Full Forward and was a 100 goals a season player. Won the Ray Hughson medal on occasions and was Best and Fairest winner in 2007. Triple premiership player in 2005, 2006 and 2008. A two time Sate Rep player.

Gavan McGuane

Gavan McGuane

Played between 1980 - 1991 (140 games). Best & Fairest 1980, 1981 and 1982. Premiership Player 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1987. Premiership Coach 1989 and 1990. Senior Premiership Captain. 1983 first year in QAFL. Inspirational leader of the club through the 80’s and then went on to successfully coach the club. Midfield Dynamo.

Steve McLuckie

Steve McLuckie

Played 72 games for Southport between 1991 and 2000. Listed by Brisbane Bears and played 20 AFL games. Went on to a successful SANFL career at West Adelaide. Returned to Southport to complete his career with dual premiership wins in 1999 and 2000. He represented Queensland on three occasions including at State of Origin level. Still actively involved in promoting AFL within the school system and is current Principal of Southport State High School. Joe Grant (best on ground in Grand Final) medalist 2000 Sharks Premiership for kicking 4 goals straight from the wing.

Kurt Niklaus

Kurt Niklaus

(2008-2013) 114 senior games 2008 premiership player He was QLD State Representative in 2009 and received the Wally Fankhauser Award in 2008, Best and Fairest Runner up in 2009 and Best in Finals 2009 A Power Backman who got the big jobs down back on a regular basis. He was also thrown in at centre bounces and forward when coaches were looking for a physical presence/impact.

Darren O’Brien

Darren O’Brien

Club Captain 2004 - 2008 From Mildura. Best & Fairest 2003 and 2005. Runner Up Best and Fairest 2007 and 2008 Played 100+ games. Premiership Captain in 2005 and 2008. (Missed 2006 injured). Regular state player. Workaholic midfielder with a beautiful left foot conveyance. Wally Fankhauser Award recipient 2009. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Harold Peacock *

Harold Peacock *

Came to the club at the end of a successful VFA career at Williamstown. A dominant Forward and Goal Kicker. Went on to coach the club in 1964-65 and was active in Gold Coast Rep Football. Also the dominant driving force behind the development of Gold Coast Basketball from grass roots to national license holder.

Ian Radcliff *

Ian Radcliff *

An inaugural player and the club's first Best and Fairest winner. A regular rep player as a Rover. His family were heavily involved as patrons of the club and had a long association. Went on to win dual Best and Fairest awards in 1961-1962.

Ian Rapkins

Ian Rapkins

Came to the club in the early 1970's from Victorian Country Football. He was a dominant Rover. Received dual Best and Fairest awards in 1970 and 1972. Renowned for his courageous attack on the football.

Nick Riewoldt

Nick Riewoldt

Premiership player at Southport in 2000 who became first Queenslander to be number one draft pick. Has currently played 182 games for St Kilda, Club Captain and 5 times Best & Fairest. The Rolls Royce of QLD Football who is the one and only number one draft pick to date out of QLD. Along with Clint Watts helped turn the 2000 Southport premiership with 3 goals after half time.

Ken Rodger

Ken Rodger

Played in the 1960's and early 1970's. A very competitive Defender/Fullback. Best and Fairest winner in 1965. Continued his association with the club after retiring with injuries. Coached the Colts and was an active committee member during the 1970's.

Barry Rudd *

Barry Rudd *

Played between 1972 - 1987 (71S & 29R) Coach Reserves 11 seasons with 7 Flags Senior Coach 1972 Tough straight at it player who devoted many seasons as a coach after his playing days were over

Bill Ryan

Bill Ryan

Played between 1975 - 1981 (120 games). Best & Fairest 1979. Had a distinguished career at Geelong in the then VFL. A super talented big man who was a magnificent mark. A man mountain on the ground rarely outmarked. 1980 player and premiership coach.

Ray Sarcevic

Ray Sarcevic

Former Geelong Under 19 captain who made a big impact during his career at Southport. A tough, versatile player who could play on ball or key position. He played 58 games between 1987-1989 including the 1987 and 1989 premierships. He represented Queensland on two occasions. He was a Joe Grant medalist in the 1989 grand final.

Sel Short

Sel Short

Played between 1978 - 1986 (143 games). Premiership Player 1979, 1980 and 1983. Regular State Representative. Arguably one of the fittest guys every season who got the big jobs week in week out. Played above his size a great mark and team man. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Shaun Stephens

Shaun Stephens

Played 218 games for Sharks. Regular State player and played in Premierships in 1992, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Tenacious midfielder, with a strong team ethic. Nicknamed “Shakey” for obvious reasons loved the big games and always played well in finals. Consummate centreman/midfielder. Player Life Member. 150 games/10 years service. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Kevin Tandogac

Kevin Tandogac

(2002 - 2008) Brisbane Lions Rookie listed 2003 Queensland under 21 Vice Captain 2004 inlcuding best on ground vs South Australia QLD Representative 2004 & 2005 Premierships in 2005 & 2008 Missed the 2006 Premiership due to injury Kevin played 87 senior games as a running aggresive backman who could shut down opponents and counter attack with elite kicking skills

Brett Thompson

Brett Thompson

Played between 1984 - 1988 (68 games). Premiership Player 1985 and 1987. Coached over 200 games with 6 Flags. Full forward who was a great lead mark and kick for goal. Kicked 6 straight in the 1985 premiership which the club won by less than a goal. Life member Junior Sharks for his time contributed to junior development.

Zane Taylor

Zane Taylor

Zane Taylor

225 games Southport Magpies and Sharks inclusive. Ten time premiership player at Sharks/Magpies, Joe Grant Medalist, Club Captain, Club Best & Fairest, Grogan Medalist, State Game record holder of 26 games. Inaugural team member of 25 Years of 25 Greats 1983 - 2008. Player Life Member 150 games/10 years service and Club Life Member.

Zane Taylor

Bob Webb

Bob Webb

Played between 1975 - 1981 (98 games). Captain Coach 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978. Coach 1981. Inspirational leader who was a tough as teak centreman. Premiership playing Coach 1975, 1976 and 1977. Originally hailed from East Launceston, Tasmania.

Clint Watts

Clint Watts

Coolangatta Junior. Played 164 games. Regular State Player. Joe Grant medalist (Best on Ground Grand Final) and Zane Taylor medalist (Best on Ground State game). Premiership player in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Prodigious left foot kick who was a big occasion player. Player Life member 150 games/10 year service. Inaugural team member of 25 years, 1983-2008.

Danny Wise

Danny Wise

Won the Grogan Medal and club Best and Fairest in 2010. Played in the 1999 premiership as a 17 year old. Had a successful career with the Eagles and North Adelaide in the SANFL between 2000 and 2005. Returned to Southport in 2006 and added two more premierships in 2006 and 2008. Has played over 120 senior games in total.

* deceased