Bulldogs’ General Manager of Women’s Football Debbie Lee has become the first female inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
Playing a key part in the establishment of the AFLW competition, Lee was and continues to be a trailblazer for women’s footy.
She managed 302 VWFL (now VFLW) games across the East Brunswick Scorpions and St Albans Spurs – a club she founded which later became the VU Western Spurs, whose senior team competes as the Western Bulldogs in the current VFLW competition.
She is a six-time All Australian, seven-time club champion, five-time league Helen Lambert best & fairest medallist, and a triple premiership player.
The VFLW Rising Star and AFL National Championship best player awards are also named in her honour.
“It’s incredible to be honest - it’s overwhelming, and I didn’t expect it,” Lee told Fox Footy’s Gerard Whateley on Tuesday night.
“Whilst I’ve been inducted, I feel a sense that women’s football has been inducted too tonight, and that’s really pleasing.”
Nathan Burke has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame, after a 323-game playing career with St Kilda that saw him claim four All-Australian selections and three club best & fairest medals.
He took over as Bulldogs’ AFLW head coach at the start of last year, recently extending his tenure for a further two seasons.
Both Lee and Burke were announced as inductees as part of a virtual broadcast event on Tuesday night.
Established in 1996, the Hall of Fame helps recognise the contributions made to Australian Rules Football by players, umpires, media personalities, coaches and administrators.
- 302 VWFL games
- Five-time Helen Lambert Medal for the VWFL competition Best and Fairest 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2001
- Six-time All Australian
- 16 State games for Victoria
- Six-time State Captain for Victoria
- Three-time Premiership player – 1991 (East Brunswick Scorpions), 2004 and 2011 (Spurs)
- Premiership Captain, 2004 (Spurs)
- Lisa Hardeman Medalist (Best on ground in Grand Final – 1991 and 2004)
- Seven-time Club Best and Fairest winner
- Club Captain at St. Albans Spurs from 1991-2004
- VFL Women’s Rising Star medal has been named in her honour, the Debbie Lee Rising Star Medal
- The AFL’s National Championships best player award has been named in her honour, the Debbie Lee Medal
- Member of AFL Women’s Advisory Group
- Current General Manager, Women’s Football at the Western Bulldogs Football Club
- 323 games for St Kilda 1987-2003, 124 goals
- 11 games for Victoria
- Three-time Best and Fairest winner in 1993, 1996, 1999
- Four-time All Australian in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999
- St Kilda Team of the Century
- Captain 1996-2000