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Ron Barassi awarded for bravery

AFL legend Ron Barassi will receive a bravery award for chasing a man who assaulted a woman.

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FOOTBALL legend Ron Barassi will be presented with a bravery medal for helping a woman being assaulted in St Kilda three years ago.

He is among 35 people to receive such awards from Governor Alex Chernov on behalf of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia at Government House on Friday.

The former Melbourne and Carlton star was bashed after he chased Travis Bowling through Fitzroy Street.

Ron Barassi.

Ron Barassi. Photo: Angela Milne

He had just witnessed Bowling punching Tessa Green in the face. Ms Green was attacked during an argument with a group of revellers about 12.30am on January 1, 2009. Barassi, who had been at a nearby restaurant, intervened by tackling the man he believed to be her attacker into the gutter.

But he was overpowered and repeatedly kicked in the head. He later needed surgery to repair shoulder tendons.

Barassi said he was looking forward to the honour, although he did not know who had nominated him.

''I feel quite happy about it and it's nice to have something good rather than a kick in the tail,'' he joked.

Bowling was ordered on December 18, 2011, to serve a minimum four years before being eligible for parole for his attack on Barassi.

Others to be recognised on Friday include 11 people who rescued residents sheltering in the Kinglake fire station during the Black Saturday bushfires, and another five people who helped rescue those in the Kinglake area.