INGLEWOOD Football-Netball Club has used its 140th anniversary celebrations last weekend as an opportunity to honour many of its greats.
The Blues unveiled new names for their senior football and A-grade netball best and fairest awards, announced a netball All-Stars team, while also naming sections of the ground after families with strong generational ties to the club.
Inglewood’s A-grade netball best and fairest award will be now known as the Helen Ward Medal.
During her playing days Ward won a staggering six Loddon Valley A-grade best and fairests – 1973, ’75, ’79, ’82, ’87, ’93 - as well as 15 A-grade club best and fairests.
She was also part of three A-grade premierships with the Blues, as well as two B-grade and two junior flags.
The winner of the senior football best and fairest will now be awarded the Graham “Squirty” Roberts Medal.
Roberts has been involved with the Blues since 1955, having a profound impact at the club both on and off the field.
He was involved with nine premierships as a player and coach across the seniors, reserves and juniors, and was a four-time senior best and fairest during the ’60s.
He has been a life member of the club since 1976 and three times has received the best clubperson award.
The four longest-serving families of the Blues have been recognised with sections on the club’s ground named after them.
The golf course end of the ground has been renamed the Rochester End, with the Rochester family having had four generations involved dating back to the 1880s.
The scoreboard side of the ground has been named the Medcalf Wing.
The Medcalfs have had five generations of family involved, starting with Charles Medcalf in 1877.
The town end of the ground will now be known as the Bradley End, honouring five generations of Bradleys, which started with Ted Bradley playing in 1890.
And the pavilion side of the ground is now the Lamprell wing in recognition of five generations of involvement, starting with Team of the Century member Harry Lamprell.
Meanwhile, 12 players were named as the Netball All-Stars team from 1950-2015.
The team was selected by Inglewood netball life members and includes Melissa Dole, Heather Geyer, Regina Geyer, Elizabeth Cowper, Kerrie Hausler, Joanne Madden, Vicky Tierney, Susan Pascoe, Janita Deary, Christine Gilmore, Helen Ward and Rosalie Drill.
• All-Stars netball team pictured above: L-R: Melissa Dole, Christine Gilmore, Kerrie Leech, Rosalie Drill, Heather Geyer, Helen Ward, Regina Geyer, Vicky Tierney, Susan Pascoe, Janita Deary.
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