first_imgTouch Football Australia announced the induction of three new members to the prestigious Hall of Fame during the 2007 National Touch League.Dean Russell, Stacey Gregory, and Gary Lawless were honored for their record of long and distinguished service to the sport in Australia in a ceremony during the Open and 20 Years NTL Finals day. All three have been outstanding contributors and servants to the sport over an extended period of time and have been appropriately awarded with one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on an individual in the game in this country by the parent body.The trio’s induction swells the number of members in the Hall of Fame to nineteen. There are thirteen men and six women, all of whom are regarded as champions of the game.Gary Lawless who has represented Australia at five World Cups across the Men’s Open, Men’s 30s, and 35 Years divisions, has 41 World Cup caps to his credit and 6 Test matches, giving him a total of 47 appearances in the green and gold.‘Ginger’Lawless is revered as one of Australia’s best ever players. A master tactician, he was renowned for his toughness, skill level, and intelligence in both attack and defence and played a pivotal role in raising the standard of touch in the Australian Capital Territory during the 1980s and 1990s.He continues to be involved in the sport, coaching and playing in the 2007 Southern Suns Men’s 40s team at this year’s Senior NTL.Stacey Gregory has attended four World Cups across the Mixed Open and Women’s 30s divisions from 1988-2003. She played 38 World Cup games and 9 Test matches, posting 47 games for her country.Many keen observers of the game rate her as the best Mixed player to have ever represented Australia. A hard working and industrious middle, Gregory was also blessed with exceptional ball skills and vision, and fantastic leadership that left many people in awe of her ability to marshal teams and direct them around the park.Dean Russell has attended five World Cups and made 56 appearances for Australia, comprising 43 World Cup games and 13 Test Matches as a player, coach, or assistant coach.Russell has had an exceptional 2007, being granted the honour of being Australia’s joint Flag bearer at the 2007 World Cup, alongside four time Australian Women’s Open World Cup player, Amanda Judd.He assistant coached the Australian Women’s Open team in Stellenbosch South Africa in January where they reaffirmed their position as Australia’s most successful Women’s sporting team at World Cup level by maintaining a 19 year 55 Game winning streak in six pristine World Cup campaigns.Dean Russell and Stacey Gregory have been teammates at club, regional, State, and National Mixed level since 1989 and it is fitting that the two close friends have been inducted into the Hall of Fame together.Dean Russell reflected on the trio’s induction into the TFA Hall of Fame.“It’s a huge honour, a tremendous accolade. Gary Lawless would be in my top three of all time great Open Men’s players in this country – he literally carried ACT on his shoulders for a lot of years. Stacey is the best female Mixed player ever – full stop. To have played with her for so long and to have us both inducted at the same time makes the honour even more special. I’m just humbled by it all. Leading Australia out with the flag in the World Cup was tremendous, and this on a par with that overwhelming sense of pride.” Dean said.The induction of the three luminaries to the Hall of Fame filled Russell with pride.“It’s not a selfish pride, it’s pride that we are recognizing our history and building tradition. Lots of younger players were asking who Gary Lawless was, and this helps us piece together our history and gives young people something to aspire towards – it’s just unbelievable to think of your name being mentioned in the same breath as giants of the game like Karen Smith, Mark Bolland, Terry Jacks, and the rest. You hope some young kid sees that and would one day want to be acknowledged in a similar way” Dean said.The full list of the Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame Members is:Terry Jacks 1988Karen Smith 1988Lisa Neal   1991Ray Lawrence 1990Kerry Norman 1991Glenys Woolcock 1991Ron Wall 1991Mick Mc Call 2003Mark Boland 2003Scott Notley 2003Craig Pierce 2003Katrina Toohey 2003Bob Brindell 2003Peter Mc Neven 2004Peter Bell 2004Rick Borg 2004Gary Lawless 2007Stacey Gregory 2007Dean Russell 2007 2003 2003 2003 2003 004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2003 2003 2004 2004last_img