HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Ernest Edgar HENFRY
|Date of Birth||24th July 1921|
GAMES: 173; Perth 85; Carlton 84; WA 2; Victoria 2
PREMIERSHIPS: Carlton captain 1947; Perth coach 1955
HONOURS: 1941 Sandover Medal runner-up; Perth fairest and best 1941, captain-coach 1953-54; Carlton captain 1947-52, best and fairest 1947, 49; WA coach 1956-57; captain Victoria 1949.
Captain for all his six years at Carlton, Ern Henfry led the Blues to the flag in his first year, 1947. He played on Essendon champion Dick Reynolds as Carlton got home by a point. He tied for the Carlton best and fairest award the same year. In 1939, the skilful centreman was picked for WA at 17. Wo years later he enlisted in the RAAF after being runner-up to Haydn Bunton sen. In the Sandover Medal. Based in Melbourne, he played two games for Carlton while on leave and the Blues fought for his services after the war.
Henfry was transferred to Melbourne by his employer but the WAFL refused to clear him and he sat out of the football for a year in 1946. He returned to WA in 1953 and was captain-coach of his old club before hanging up the boots in 1954. The following year he coached Perth to its first flat in 48 years.