Monday, 12th August, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
Central’s past and current players and officials gathered at the Magpie clubrooms on Sunday as the club held their annual reunion function, headlined by guest speaker Barry Hall.
AFL Hall of Famer Hall entertained the crowd with stories from a career that spanned 289 games across three clubs and attracted more than its fair share of controversy.
He touched on his upbringing in country Victoria and getting into boxing before switching to football, as well as his strained relationship with his parents and the work he had to put in just to be drafted to the AFL.
Hall spoke about his time at St Kilda prior to moving to Sydney and being a part of the famed ‘Bloods Culture’ before the breakdown of his relationship with then coach Paul Roos saw the 2005 premiership captain leave the club unceremoniously mid-way through 2009.
He finished up talking about his final two years in football with the Bulldogs before taking questions from the audience.
Later in the day, Central inducted Brian Beven as the newest member of their Hall of Fame.
While never actually playing football for the Magpies, having been a West junior and playing reserve grade before a career-ending broken leg, Beven has become an institution at the club over the years.
He has been an assistant for junior coaches such as Charlie Sultana and Graham Evans, as well as volunteering as a trainer and water carrier for the last 20 years.
On top of this, Beven regularly cooks and donates to the barbecue for Auskick on Friday nights and can be seen on Wednesday nights supporting the under 18s team.
Beven is the ultimate club man for the Pies, whether it’s on game day or with general maintenance around the club. For someone who never played for the club, he’s given them more than enough service to be regarded as a Hall of Famer.
The day also honoured the Central Reserves premiership teams of 1989, ‘90 and ‘91, many of whom were in attendance. The 1989 team actually went through undefeated on their way to the flag.