AFL life membership for ex-Cats

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Updated: February 12, 2016
James Kelly (left) speaks with assistant coach Nigel Lappin at Geelong training last year. Picture: AL PACKER
James Kelly (left) speaks with assistant coach Nigel Lappin at Geelong training last year. Picture: AL PACKER

James Kelly (left) speaks with assistant coach Nigel Lappin at Geelong training last year. Picture: AL PACKER

GEELONG greats James Kelly and Paul Chapman will be inducted as AFL Life Members at next month’s Annual General Meeting.

Long-serving Geelong club doctor and current board member, Hugh Seward will also receive life membership.

They will be among 16 players, umpires and officials to be honoured.

Kelly and Chapman were both key players in a golden era for the Cats, playing in the premiership successes of 2007, ’09 and ’11.

They qualify after playing more than a combined 300 AFL-sanctioned matches.

Chapman, who won the 2009 Norm Smith Medal, played 251 games in the Hoops before finishing his career at Essendon on 280.

He also played 23 pre-season games and in the Hall of Fame game for Victoria in 2008.

Kelly, who departed Simonds Stadium at the end of last year after 273 games, has joined the Bombers as a top-up player in the wake of the suspension of 12 current Essendon players over the 2012 supplements scandal.

He also appeared in 33 pre-season games, the Hall of Fame match and two International Rules Series contests for Australia.

Dr Seward has had 34 continuous involvement at the highest level and has been recognised under the “Special Service to the Game” Provision.

As well as serving the Cats, he has led the AFL Doctors Associtation for more than 25 years, was a founding member of the AFL Research Committee and a member of the AFL Concussion Working Group.

For a full list of inductees click HERE

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