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Hawkins, Ditterich lead AFL inductees

07/06/2004 10:08:24 PM Comments (0)

One of the most feared footballers of his generation and another who had a wing named after him led Monday night's inductees into the AFL Hall of Fame.

St Kilda and Melbourne strongman Carl Ditterich and Western Bulldogs games record holder Doug Hawkins were the most recently-retired players to join the Hall.

Field umpire games record holder Rowan Sawers, goalkicking machine Jack Moriarty, Claremont and Geelong player Denis Marshall and West Australian football legend Phil Matson were the other inductees.

This year no players were elevated to official legend status in the Hall.

Ditterich played 285 games for St Kilda and Melbourne between 1963-80 and was an outstanding ruckman.

But he was also notorious for his physical play and missed St Kilda's only premiership in 1966 because of suspension.

He won best-and-fairest awards at the two clubs, captained the Saints and ended his playing career as the Demons' captain-coach.

Hawkins was inducted only a few weeks after a nasty public falling-out with his beloved Bulldogs.

For several days "Hawk" was embroiled in a spat with Bulldogs chairman David Smorgon over a perceived lack of respect from the administrator.

But Hawkins backed down from his accusations.

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