West Coast legend John Worsfold and former star Andrew Embley will be reunited on the premiership dais yet again this month, but this time it will be to hand out the medals.
- John Worsfold captained West Coast to two premierships and coached a third, while Andrew Embley won the Norm Smith in 2006
- Nathan Buckley, Chris Judd and Paul Roos are in line to deliver medals next year, as COVID restrictions meant they could not attend in 2021
- Fellow Eagles great Glen Jakovich is the AFL’s official premiership cup ambassador this year
Worsfold has been unveiled as the man who will present the Jock McHale medal to the premiership-winning coach at this year’s grand final in Perth.
And former Eagles midfielder Embley will hand over the Norm Smith medal to the player deemed best afield.
Worsfold is an iconic figure at West Coast, having captained the club to two premierships before coaching them to the 2006 flag, while Embley won the North Smith medal in 2006 in West Coast’s thrilling one-point win over Sydney.
A picture of Worsfold embracing Embley shortly after the grand final win was one of the striking images of the famous day.
Nathan Buckley and Chris Judd were next in line to present the Norm Smith Medal, but they were both unable to travel to WA due to current COVID-19 border restrictions.
Former Sydney and Melbourne coach Paul Roos was meant to hand out the Jock McHale medal but was also unable to make it into WA.
They will be offered the chance to present the medals in 2022.
Worsfold and Embley aren’t the only former West Coast stars to be involved in Perth’s historic grand final.
Two-time flag-winning defender Glen Jakovich was unveiled as the premiership cup ambassador last week.
The AFL announced earlier this week the September 25 grand final would start at 5:15pm local time, or 7:15pm AEST.
The twilight start will allow the $1.6 billion Perth Stadium to put on a spectacular light show at half-time.