Tributes flow after passing of AFL legend

18 September 2023

Written by: Blair Burns

Barassi won 10 premierships during his time as a player and coach.

Australian Football Hall of Fame legend Ron Barassi has passed away over the weekend surrounded by family after complications from a fall. He was aged 87.

The Melbourne great is being remembered as one of the greatest icons in the history of the sport as tributes continue to flow.

Barassi was a six-time premiership player with the Demons and a four-time premiership coach.

He played 204 games for Melbourne and 50 games for Carlton and leaves a lasting legacy on the game.

Barassi is considered as one of the most powerful influences in the sport’s history and was recognised by AFL chairman, Richard Goyder.

“Ron Barassi was constantly ahead of his time pushing for national development and a national league,” he said.

“He revolutionised the game as a player – created the position of ruck rover – built premiership success at clubs as a coach and then was our first great evangelist to take the game north and grow it to become what we have today.

“He was known all across Australia when football wasn’t always known.”


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