Congratulations to Damien Skurrie (runner up - toohey medal count) and Peter Harradine (induction into legends of the WFL) on their individual achievements at the Toohey Medal Night at Horsham Sports and Community Club on Monday night.
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Wimmera Mail Times article
Steve Schultz takes out Toohey Medal
BY LEIGH ROGERS AT THE VOTE COUNT
21 Sep, 2011 10:10 AM
WARRACK Eagles co-coach Steve Schultz justified his reputation as the Wimmera's leading footballer, taking out the prestigious Toohey Medal at Horsham Sports and Community Club on Monday night. Schultz polled 28 votes, storming home with four best-on-ground performances in the final four rounds to claim the award in his first Wimmera Football League season. Schultz joined the Eagles after a successful stint at Horsham District Football League club Kalkee, where he won three premierships and three Dellar Family Medals in the past three seasons. He said he was surprised to collect his first Toohey Medal. "It's a bit of a buzz and very humbling," Schultz said. "My first season in the league has been good. "It is a bit of a different game. It's more open in the Wimmera league, but both leagues have really good players." Schultz's focus is on steering the Eagles to the senior premiership when they play Horsham on Saturday. He was at Horsham City Oval last weekend watching from the sidelines as Kalkee stormed home to claim a record fourth consecutive Horsham District Football League premiership. He said Kalkee's win was inspiration for his side heading into this weekend's grand final. "Kalkee were very impressive and they were in the same boat as us," he said. "They went in as underdogs and won, and we're hoping to do the same. "All the boys are ready to go. We can't wait."
Horsham assistant coach Damien Skurrie and Stawell's Justin Eales tied for second with 24 votes. Skurrie, 30, made his return to Wimmera league football this season after a stint playing basketball. He previously played in premierships with Horsham between 2003-05. His runner-up finish was his best result in a Toohey Medal count in his illustrious career. "It's a bit of a shock," Skurrie said. "To be rated among the best players in the Wimmera league for the year, words can't describe what it means." Skurrie, who played at centre half-forward, said he was satisfied with his decision to return to the football field. "The time was right for me," he said. "I'm 30 and I feel like I can achieve more."
Wimmera Mail times article
Extract from: Legends honoured at Wimmera league vote count
BY LEIGH ROGERS 21 Sep, 2011 10:13 AM
TWO Dimboola football identities were elavated to legend status at the Wimmera Football League vote count on Monday night. Peter Harradine and Ken McLean received the legend honour. Harradine played 354 games with Dimboola during his illustrious career, incorporating 313 senior and 41 reserves matches. He played in Dimboola's 1985 premiership along with grand finals losses in 1982 and 1983. League chief commissioner John Smith described Harradine's record as 'impeccable'. Harradine said he was surprised and honoured to receive the award. "Last year I accepted this award on behalf of my late father Lester Marks-Harradine so it means a fair bit to receive it," he said. "It's also special to accept this alongside 'Macca' - we've been through a fair bit together." McLean played with Stawell, Minyip and Dimboola during his football career. McLean finished his football career in the Wimmera and stayed involved as a coach and in administration. He was on the Wimmera Football League commission between 1999-2008 and has since rejoined. He spent three seasons as chief commissioner and was an interleague selector from 1988 to 1999. "This award is something I didn't expect," McLean said. "I'm a bit overcome. I haven't had a great year, my wife died three months ago. "She'd have loved to be here to see me receive this. "I want to thank the Wimmera league for all it has given me, not what I have given them."
Peter Harradine with his induction into the Legends of the Wimmera Football League. All acknowledgements to the Wimmera Mail Times for the image and article