Pavlich reaches 300 official games
Fremantle’s greatest player, Matthew Pavlich, qualifies for AFL Life Membership this Saturday when he runs out for his 300th official game against Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.
Ironically, he made his AFL debut against the Demons in round 5, 2000, after being drafted from South Australian club Woodville-West Torrens.
Pavlich has played 270 premiership games, 25 pre-season games, one state of origin game and three International rules matches.
The Freo legend has won a peerless six Doig Medals and is enjoying a brilliant run of form up forward this season.
He becomes the first person in the club’s history to reach AFL Life Membership with his on-field service completed entirely with Fremantle.
Pavlich said it was a big thrill to qualify for AFL Life Membership.
“You don’t start out playing with the hope of gaining this sort of honour,” he said.
“I guess it means that I’ve been around for a while and that I’ve been fortunate enough to play enough games over the journey to achieve it.
“It’s a nice feather in the cap.”
Once the AFL formally approves, Pavlich will be presented with Life Membership at the League’s 2013 Season Launch.
His name will go on the honour board at AFL house, and be recorded each year in the AFL Season Guide. He will also receive a formal certificate from the AFL commission, and a tie, which is only given to Life Members.
As a Life Member, Pavlich will be entitled two tickets to attend any AFL game, including finals, for the rest of his life.