It’s been a big couple of weeks for Hawk star Luke Breust as he was named in both the Riverina AFL Team of the Century and Mark Robinson’s Top 50 AFL Players in The Herald Sun.
The 24 finest footballers to come out of Southern NSW over the past 100 years were recognised in front of a packed house at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club, with Luke being selected in the forward pocket of the truly formidable team. Captained by arguably the greatest AFL player of all time, Wayne Carey, and including past and present champions such as Paul Kelly, John Longmire, Shane Crawford and current Geelong power forward, Tom Hawkins, the team is littered with Brownlow medallists, leading goal kickers and Premiership winning stars.
The architect of the concept and the chairman of selectors, Kevin Sheedy, had a very difficult task to fit all the Riverina stars in the team, however Luke’s form over the past few years made it impossible for Sheeds to leave the Temora Flyer out.
Riverina AFL Team of the Century
B: Bernard Toohey, Anthony Daniher, Jack Hawkins
HB: Neale Daniher, Dennis Carroll, Leo Barry
C: David Murphy, Paul Kelly (vc), Adam Schneider
HF: Terry Daniher, Wayne Carey (cap), Cameron Mooney
F: Luke Breust, Bill Mohr, John Longmire
Foll: Brian Gleeson, Ricky Quade, Shane Crawford
Inter: Frank Gumbleton, Percy Bushby, Bill Brownless, Tom Hawkins, Greg Smith, Geoff Kingston
Coach: Alan Jeans
Umpire: Ross Castles
Emergencies: Tom Carroll, Bill Brown, Isaac Smith
Following on from this super news is Luke’s selection in Herald Sun Chief Football Writer, Mark Robinson’s Top 50 AFL Players.
In Robbo’s first attempt after taking over from the retired Mike Sheehan, Luke has been ranked as the 48th best player in the AFL. While a tremendous accolade, not everyone agrees with Robbo’s placing of Luke, with the general public believing he should have been ranked much higher. Herald Sun readers ranked Luke as the 21st best player in the AFL and after a year with a stack of goals, a Premiership medallion and All-Australian selection, we think Luke could have been much higher too.
Keep up the great work Luke!
To see the rest of Robbo’s Top 50: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/robbos-top-50