Steve steps up to close the circle
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.