Michael Athanasiou (1979-2000)

Acknowledged as one of the greatest Centre Half Backs to grace Darwin’s ovals. Made his senior debut for Saint Mary’s in 1980/81 and finished playing in 1999/2000 after a staggering 328 games. Won 12 premierships with Saints including five in a row from 1983-88 and captain of the club from 1991-95. Club Best & Fairest in 1982/83, 1983/84 and 1990/91 and winner of the prestigious Nichols Medal in 1990/91 after being equal runner up in 1986/87. Captain Coach of Darwin Buffs in 1999/2000, he won club Best Fairest that year. Represented the NT on 21 occasions, captaining the side six times. Played with South Fremantle in 1985 and two seasons with West Torrens in 1988 and 1989.