Lions recruit big guns to back Robertson
Austin Robertson in his playing days. Pic: WA News

Subiaco will use endorsements from AFL legend Kevin Murray and former Test captain Kim Hughes to bolster the case for Austin Robertson to be inducted into the Australian football Hall of Fame this year.

Robertson is WA's leading scorer with 1211 goals for Subiaco and is a giant of the game in this State.

He also kicked 44 goals in State matches for WA and 60 in a season for South Melbourne.

The Lions have stepped up their campaign to have the champion spearhead recognised this year given that the unofficial Hall of Fame rotation policy is likely to see a West Australian player selected.

Under an initiative supported by commentator and _The West Australian _ columnist Dennis Cometti, the local representative on the Hall of Fame selection committee, WA and South Australia nominate a candidate in alternate years.

Nominations close today with the inductees expected to be announced in May.

South Australian player, coach and commentator Graham Cornes was added last year, meaning a West Australian is virtually guaranteed to be named this year.

All-Australian captain Brian Peake, the former East Fremantle and Geelong champion, has been WA's preferred candidate in recent years.

But Subiaco's powerful campaign for Robertson means that Peake may lose his status as the State's preferred candidate.

Subiaco have used references from Murray, who is one of 12 living Hall of Fame legends and was a player with East Perth in 1965 when the Subiaco full-forward kicked 108 goals, to support Robertson's case.

Hughes is Subiaco's official club ambassador and referred to the inspiration he received as a boy from watching Robertson as part of his development into a Test cricketer.

The selection panel is headed by AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick, Robertson's 1973 Subiaco premiership teammate.

The WA Football Commission has an unofficial Hall of Fame pecking order that includes players like Ray Sorrell, Rob Wiley, Tom Outridge, George "Staunch" Owens, Gary Buckenara and Brad Hardie.

The West Australian

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