The club seeks to recognise and honour the significant achievements of its players, officials and supporters by the creation of a permanent Hall of Fame. In season 2004, the centenary year of the club, the Mentone and St Bedes Old Collegians Football Club Hall of Fame was launched by the induction of one hundred persons. Ten of those persons also had the status of Legend conferred upon them. Other persons will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and/or be designated Legends in future seasons. It is anticipated that inductions to the Hall of Fame will be part of an annual club event (such as an annual ball, past players’ reunion, or annual general meeting) whereby appropriate recognition is given to new inductees.
Hall of Fame & Legends Criteria
The Hall of Fame Sub-committee is responsible for making all decisions relating to the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Sub-committee consists of six persons, namely the honorary Club historian, one representative from the Mentone Football Club, one representative from the St Bedes Old Collegians Football Club, one representative from the Mentone Junior Football Club, one nominee from the Executive, and one inducted Legend (in future years)]. The Executive of the club ratifies all appointments and decisions of the Hall of Fame Sub-committee.
The Sub-committee is responsible for receiving, evaluating, and recommending nominations for the Hall of Fame. Written nominations, with some brief background material concerning the nominee, may be submitted to members of the Sub-committee at any time, but preferably prior to 01 March each year. Criteria to be considered will include:
- Length of service: Ten years service shall be the accepted minimum guideline for the nomination of officials, sponsors or supporters. One hundred Senior and/or Reserve games shall be the accepted minimum guideline for the nomination of players or coaches, although junior games may also be taken into account where appropriate].
- Significant achievement: Important contributions to the culture, welfare or success of the club that fall outside of Length of Service may also be taken into account. For example, this might include significant individual achievements such as club or competition best and fairest awards, outstanding goal kicking records, representative football, subsequent achievement at a VFL/AFL level or elite sport level and/or involvement by individuals, or groups of people, in premierships, junior development, or community service].
Legend Status will be conferred by the Sub-committee on those individuals considered to have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the culture, heritage and development of the club. It is recommended that no more than 10% of the total number of Hall of Fame inductees shall be designated as Legends.
It is anticipated that the profiles of Hall of Fame members and Legends will receive prominence in the clubrooms, on the club website, and in publications produced by the club. The Hall of Fame Sub-committee shall recommend appropriate forms of recognition to the Executive of the club. Recommendations on other outcomes associated with the Hall of Fame (eg., Player reunions, Teams of the Decade, etc.) may also be made by the Sub-committee in future seasons.
Hall of Fame Committee: Mark Beasley, Robert Hess & Brett Marchant