Walk of Fame
Until the announcement of his retirement from Test cricket in 2007, Justin Langer was one of Australia’s great top-order batsmen. Langer, who lived in Warwick, Duncraig and Sorrento and attended primary school in Greenwood, also played junior cricket in the City. Originally a number three, he moved to opener in 2001 and played 105 Test Matches for his country scoring 7,696 runs, including 23 Test centuries. Few have worn the “baggy green” with greater pride. Langer’s highest test score was 250 in a Boxing Day Test Match at the MCG and was one of three double centuries he scored during his career. In 2004 he was the highest run scorer in world cricket with 1,481 runs. In 2009, while playing County cricket in the UK, he surpassed Don Bradman as the most prolific batsman in Australian cricket history with 28,068 first-class runs. He was named as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and in 2014 Langer was named as the Western Australian of the Year for Sport. In 2009 he was appointed assistant coach of the Australian cricket team and in 2012 he achieved a lifelong dream when took on the role as coach of Western Australia (Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers). During his tenure, the Perth Scorchers won three BBL titles, while WA won two One-Day tournament titles and made two Sheffield Shield finals. Following on from this success with the Western Australian teams, he was offered the position of coach of the Australian cricket team in May 2018.He remains in that role.
Another protégé of Woodvale Senior High School (now Woodvale Secondary College), Dellacqua made a big impact on the world of women’s tennis. In 2008 she became Australia’s number one female singles player when she reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. In 2014, she replicated that success in the Australian and US opens. Dellacqua was also an outstanding doubles player, winning a number of titles and making it to seven grand slam doubles finals. She claimed the 2011 French Open mixed doubles crown, partnering with America’s Scott Lipsky, for her only grand slam success.. She was a valued member of the Australian Federation Cup team and represented her nation at the Olympic Games in Beijing and London. Dellacqua achieved her career-high singles ranking of world No. 26 in September 2014, and career-high doubles ranking of No. 3 in February 2016. Dellacqua is a supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Association.
Not many Cities in Australia can lay claim to their very own Academy Award winner. Joondalup can. The former Hillarys resident – Tan went to Lymburner (now Hillarys) Primary School – and began submitting his drawings to small magazines as a teenager. His first illustration to be published was in a magazine called Aurelias in 1990. Tan has worked as an artist, writer and filmmaker and was the recipient of an Academy Award in 2011 for the short-animated film, The Lost Thing. The 15-minute computer-generated/hand-painted movie was originally a picture book Tan had written years before. While it was a long and complex project, Tan said it was a great opportunity to learn about the differences between book illustration and animated film. Tan is best known for books that deal with social and historical subjects through dream-like imagery, widely translated throughout the world. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Rules of Summer and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been enjoyed by readers of all ages. For his career contribution to children’s and young adult literature, Tan won the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council -the biggest prize in children’s literature. He worked as a concept artist for Pixar’s WALL-E, drawing and painting scenes that were part of the initial creative process. The landscape of Hillarys remains a key inspiration for much of Tan’s work.
It could be the City’s most famous garage, a location in Padbury where ISP iiNet got its start and put Michael Malone on the global stage. The Australian technology entrepreneur and business executive founded the company in 1993 alongside university friend Michael O’Reilly. During the early days, the business operated out of Malone’s parents’ garage. Two decades later and the publicly listed business was worth over a billion dollars. Malone grew the company to become the second largest ISP (Internet Service Provider) in Australia and led the company as chief executive until 2014. He was a pioneer of dial-up access back in 1993 before the internet became mainstream and iiNet led the move to broadband from 2000. From 1996 to 2002, he served as the President of the West Australian Internet Association. Malone has served on the boards of Seven West Media, SpeedCast, Scitech, Superloop and Dreamscape Limited, and is a current board member at NBN. He was the founder and chairman of a Perth-based cyber security company Diamond Cyber. Malone was a founder and Deputy Chairman of Autism West. Over the years he has been an advocate for internet consumer rights. Among his many awards are the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, National Customer Service CEO of the Year and Business News 40 Under 40 Outstanding Business Leader.
Along with older brother Mike, David Hussey went from playing A-Grade cricket at Wanneroo to the bright lights of the international cricket stage. Unlike Mike, David was a right-hand batsman who averaged over 50 in first-class cricket but never managed a Test Match for his country. This is despite, in 2004, Steve Waugh declaring Hussey as one of Australia’s most promising young batsmen who was destined for higher honours. Hussey went on to play 69 One-Day internationals and 39 T20s for his country. Hussey made runs all over the world and in all formats of the game. The teams he played for included Antigua Hawksbills, Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Melbourne Stars, Northern Districts, Nottinghamshire and Sussex. A foundation player at the Stars, he went on to coach the team and is known as one of the archetypal T20 players, a quick-fire batsmen, part-time bowler and brilliant fielder. To this day, some of his most memorable battles were against Mike with dad (WA cricket stalwart) Ted as umpire.
While the former Woodvale Senior High school student undoubtedly made a huge impact on basketball, it could be argued his greatest contribution to our City is the work he is doing off the court. A championship player with both the Wanneroo (now Joondalup) Wolves (State Basketball League) and the Perth Wildcats in the NBL (multiple times), Hire was named Western Australian of the Year (Youth) for his efforts as an advocate for youth mental health. Hire grew up around domestic violence, drugs, alcohol, depression and a lack of positive role models and is heavily involved in community and youth sporting activities and other initiatives that aim to combat mental illness and youth suicide. Hire played for the Wolves in the SBL between 2005 and 2012, where he earned the nickname, the “Mayor of Wanneroo.” Hire guided the Wolves to the championship in 2011 after recording 31 points and 28 rebounds in the grand final against the Perry Lakes Hawks, earning grand final MVP honours. Hire started his NBL career as a development player and went on to play more than 200 games at the elite level, claiming four championships.
A Sandover medallist as the best player in the WAFL (2006, record tally), a Brownlow medallist as the best and fairest player in the AFL (2014), two WAFL premierships with Subiaco Football Club, a grand final appearance with the West Coast Eagles and a stack of other personal accolades, it’s fair to say Matt Priddis got the most out of his football career… And then some. His perseverance to get to the top is a great life lesson for others. Priddis failed to get drafted into the AFL at his first attempt. That rejection only made him more determined to make it to the top of his profession and he was prepared to do the hard work to make it happen. Making his debut for the Eagles in 2006, he went on to play 240 games and kick 73 goals. A product of Sorrento-Duncraig JFC, Priddis was renowned for his in and under approach, his selflessness and ability to consistently find the football. He was also a big-game player, winning multiple Ross Glendinning medals in the fierce derby clashes against Fremantle. Priddis was also a talented lifesaver and now works as a finance broker.
Mike Hussey is known as “Mr Cricket” for a good reason. The left-handed batsman has lived and breathed the sport since he was a kid. And while he didn’t make his international Test Match debut until age 30 (one-day international debut at 28) and with more than 15,000 first-class runs in the bank, he was quick to make up for lost time. Hussey had a massive impact on the Australian team in all three formats of the game with an insatiable appetite for runs. It didn’t matter if it was in the backyard of his Mullaloo home as a boy, playing county cricket in England, or representing his beloved Western Australia or Australia, Hussey just loved to bat. Hussey attended Whitford Catholic Primary School and Prendiville Catholic College. After finishing school, he won a scholarship to the Australian Cricket Academy, where his contemporaries included Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie. Hussey played 79 Test Matches and made 19 centuries at an average of just over 50. His One-Day international career included World Cup success. Hussey was the archetypal Twenty20 player (T20) and had great success towards the end of his career in the newest format of the game. He is now a popular TV commentator and is currently a coach with the Chennai SuperKings in the Indian Premier League. an ambassador for the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF), Starlight and the WA Cricket Foundation.
Like sister Jessica, Brian first started in karate at dad Branco’s dojo Yoseikan-Ryu Karate International. The former Sacred Heart College student had an impressive junior career, claiming first place in the Australian Open Boys (12) kumite division in 1997. The same year he won the Hayashi-Ha World Championships in Florida and the Australian National Championships (boys 12 years, kumite). In the years that followed he went on to win several Junior Australian Open and National titles. In 2003 Brian won a national championship in the 80kg kumite, junior male division. Two years later, he finished third in the Australian Open men’s over 80kg kumite class, second in the national championships (men’s over 80kg kumite) and (junior over 80kg) divisions and won the Australian Open junior male (over 80kg) division. He no longer competes but is involved in the karate community. Most of his time is now spent with his family and developing his company, Beyond Broking. Brian is also a Chartered Accountant with a degree in economics and is a member of the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia and has been involved in the industry for over 10 years.
Daniel Ricciardo was on the fast track to success from a very early age. You’d be hard pressed to find a local resident who has ever travelled faster. The former Duncraig resident has progressed through the ranks from Tiger Karts all the way through to the international stage (Formula 3, Formula 3.5) and now competes successfully on the Formula 1 circuit. Ricciardo made his F1 debut in 2014 with Red Bull Racing. That same year he topped the podium three times, claiming the Canadian, Belgian and Hungarian Grand Prix races. He finished the season in third and was awarded the prestigious Trofeo Bandini as the most impressive F1 driver of the year. He has gone on to win many more F1 races including the most famous GP of them all, Monaco. His post-race celebrations, known as “the shoey” are equally famous. Ricciardo currently drives for McLaren and is known for his cool temperament in what can often be a cut-throat business. He is proud of his Joondalup links and can often be spotted in the area during the off-season. Ricciardo supports the West Coast Eagles and was the club’s number-one ticket holder in 2015 and 2016.
Jessica Bratich Johnson
Jessica Bratich certainly knows how to make an impact on the national and international stage. A karate exponent from an early age, Bratich first took an interest in karate at age 8 at dad Branco’s dojo Yoseikan-Ryu Karate International. Her record in national competitions in the kumite division is simply astonishing. From 1994 to 2006 she claimed over 30 national and Australian Open titles, consistently winning gold in her age category as a junior and her weight class as a senior. Competing internationally from the age of 14, she won a bronze medal in her first international competition in Hungary (out of 96 competitors). She travelled the world and went on to claim 14 international medals throughout her karate career and in 2006 she claimed a bronze medal at the World Championships in Finland – the first Australian to win a medal at that level in eight years. Bratich grew up in Padbury and hasn’t moved far from home now living with her family in Hillarys. She has taught karate most of her life – after taking a few years off to have children. She has returned to teaching in Padbury alongside her daughter.