Robert Anderson – our newest AFL Canberra Hall of Fame Member
There were six former players inducted into the AFL Canberra Hall of Fame last Friday night including the Tigers very own Robert Anderson.
Also – For the first-time there was acknowledgment of the Ladies Competition in Canberra with the 3 females being inducted after twenty years of the Ladies AFL Canberra Women’s competition.
It was a tremendous occasion for the 6 inductees, with respective family members of the new inductees in attendance along with many members of the Hall of Fame.
The name Anderson has been familiar to the Tigers Club since the late fifties when the late Stan Anderson joined the Club from Box Hill in Melbourne. He quickly became a house hold name in Queanbeyan with his strong aggressive play after which he retired as a player to become a twenty-year volunteer veteran of the Club as a “strapper” for the teams.
Son Robert joined the Tigers after a junior career with Manuka Football Club and established himself as an outstanding player with a prolific left foot kick that didn’t go unseen by VFL scouts. After a short senior career with the Tigers (which included being a member of the 1985 1st Grade Premiership team), he was recruited by Footscray (now Western Bulldogs) in the AFL. He later returned to his home club playing 229 1st Grade games. A full resume of “Ando’s” career follows.
Other AFL Canberra Hall of Fame Inductees were Ken Griggs (Manuka Football Club), Andrew Bishop (Ainslie Football Club), Melissa Backhouse (Eastlake Football Club), Melissa Naughton (Tuggeranong Hawks) and Emily Diprose (Ainslie / Eastlake).
The AFL Canberra Hall of Fame Committee comprises Former League General Managers Ron Fowlie and Steve Dobbie, former Mulrooney Medalist Keith Miller and former Belconnen Magpies Champion Dave Bennett.
AFL Canberra Hall of Fame Induction – Friday 3 August 2018
Robert Anderson # 8
VFL/ AFL player
1st Grade Games – 229
1st grade Premiership’s – 1985, 1988, 1991
1st Grade Grand Finalist – 1990
Reserve Grade Premiership – 1989
Recruited to VFL Club Footscray (now AFL Club Western Bulldogs) in 1980
Regular ACTAFL Representative including the historic 1980 defeat of the VFL
1st Grade Captain – 1986, 1987
Has held numerous coaching positions with both 1st Grade and Reserve Grade
Ladies – Tigerettes Div 2 Triple Premiership Coach – 2013, 2014, 2015. Finalist 2016
Wall of Fame Induction and Awarded Life Membership – 1992
Member of the Tigers prestigious 100 Club
AFL Canberra Hall of Fame – 2018