Club le­gends pass on le­gacy

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

Ba­rooga Foot­ball Net­ball Club’s re­cent pre­sen­ta­tion night saw two club le­gends hon­oured by hav­ing the top two foot­ball awards be­stowed in their name.

The se­nior best and fairest win­ner re­ceived the Vin Toohey Medal and the se­nior player’s player re­ceived the Ger­ald O’Dwyer player’s player award.

Toohey and O’Dwyer were mod­est re­ceiv­ing the hon­ours be­fore an au­di­ence of 165, which in­cluded mem­bers of their fam­i­lies.

Dur­ing the 1950-60 pe­riod, when Ba­rooga was a dom­i­nant force, Toohey and O’Dwyer were in­te­gral play­ers in the suc­cess­ful sides.

Toohey fin­ished his ca­reer, which in­cluded three years with Co­bram, with an out­stand­ing four Mur­ray League Sec­ond Eigh­teen As­so­ci­a­tion and two Pi­cola Foot­ball League best and fairest awards, eight Ba­rooga se­nior best and fairest awards and two Co­bram se­nior best and fairest hon­ours.

He was also a five-time premier­ship player with Ba­rooga and two-time premier­ship player with Co­bram.

O’Dwyer spent his whole ca­reer at Ba­rooga and amassed 325 games, which in­cluded two Mur­ray League Sec­ond Eigh­teen As­so­ci­a­tion best and fairest awards and he was a seven-time premier­ship player.

He also had three-year stint as se­nior coach (in­clud­ing two pre­mier­ships).

Both men ex­tended their as­so­ci­a­tions with Ba­rooga by tak­ing on the role of pres­i­dent, where Toohey held the po­si­tion for three years (1972-74) and O’Dwyer for eight years (1964-71).

Both men are highly re­garded as cat­a­lysts in the Ba­rooga Foot­ball Net­ball Club be­com­ing the dom­i­nant force it was dur­ing their time and in the con­tin­ued success dur­ing the 1970s and ’80s in the Pi­cola Foot­ball League.

They are also cred­ited with play­ing a large role in the club’s success when it re­joined the Mur­ray Foot­ball League dur­ing the early ’90s.

In his ac­cep­tance speeches for re­ceiv­ing both awards, James Hazel­man high­lighted his re­gard and re­spect of the le­gacy Toohey and O’Dwyer had carved for the club.

He said he was proud to be the in­au­gu­ral win­ner of both pres­ti­gious awards.

Club Stal­wart: Ger­ald O’Dwyer.

Scooped the pool: Vin Toohey.

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