Steve steps up to close the cir­cle

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - REECE HOMFRAY

AS IF it were his destiny, 19-year-old Barmera-Monash foot­baller Steve Bur­ton has com­pleted the ul­ti­mate trib­ute to the mem­ory of his fa­ther Ben’s best mate, Steve McFar­lane.

McFar­lane also played for Barmera-Monash and won the River­land Football League’s Whillas Medal in a tie in 1976 be­fore his death in 1982.

When Bur­ton was born in 1998, he was named af­ter McFar­lane and 19 years later has joined him as a Whillas Medal­list – also in a tied re­sult – with Ren­mark’s Matt Wool­ford.

“It’s spe­cial,” Bur­ton said. “Es­pe­cially for Dad; I think it makes him re­ally happy. The year Steve (McFar­lane) won it he lost on a count­back, but by the time the league awarded him a medal (ret­ro­spec­tively) he had passed away so my dad re­ceived it for him.” Bur­ton, who also won the Sun­day Mail Medal, stud­ies maths at UniSA and re­turns to the River­land to play footy.

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