Nicholls inducted into hall of fame

SCOTTSDALE 300-gamer Stephen Nicholls is among the latest crop of inductees into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame.

A two-time best and fairest winner, Nicholls kicked more than 500 goals between 1967 and 2008, winning NTFA premierships in 1970, '71, '73, '77, '82, '84 and '86 and an NTFL flag in 1989.

In 1973 he was a member of the Magpies team that won a state premiership and represented Tasmania at the national championships.

The NTFA best and fairest in 1977, Nicholls represented the association many times and the state in three games, including at the 1972 Australian carnival. 

He was made a life member of Scottsdale in 1978 and of the NTFL in 2000 and a masters rules All-Australian from 1994-96.

Having begun playing as an eight-year-old junior at Bridport in 1960, Nichols has had an involvement in North-East football for more than 50 consecutive seasons, only missing playing in 1981 and 1985 due to serious knee injuries. 

He continues to contribute to football in the region, and has undertaken stints coaching under-19s and reserves.

A total of eight players, an umpire and an administrator will be inducted into the hall of fame on July 4 at Hobart's Wrest Point Casino.

Other inductees are Wynyard duo Kevin King and Peter King, New Norfolk's Tony Browning, Glenorchy's Ron Marney and John Klug, VFL player Cameron Clayton, umpire Vern O'Byrne and North-West administrator Barry Walker.

The 10th inductee for 2014 is the late Daniel Hulm, of Clarence and Central District.

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