After retiring at the end of the 2017 AFL season, distinguished defender Zac Dawson is set to have his own statue erected at the new Perth Stadium.
The decision has been met with harsh criticism from many members of the football community, with people angrily demanding that the statue of the 166 game icon be erected at the Etihad Stadium, where Dawson played during his early career with St Kilda.
One St Kilda fan voiced his concerns to a reporter, emotionally stating “He lost two grand finals with us, and only one with the Dockers, why should they get the statue?”
Another fan was full of praise for the decision. “Zac has changed the game forever. I don’t think we’ll ever see another defender that can play just one role to a sufficient standard, and have no other aspects of his game.” The man said.
The statue depicts Dawson during the 2013 Grand Final, Fremantle’s only Grand Final appearance. Unfortunately, as the defender only managed 7 handballs for the game, a picture taken of Zac kicking the ball pre-game was decided on and subsequently sent through to the sculptor.
The statue is set to be complete by the Round 8 match between Fremantle and St Kilda.