Kyabram Free Press
Belongs to goalkickers
Paul Burnett: Tough is the word many people used about the Lancaster leader, who won the 2009 Mcnamara Medal. His work at stoppages was regarded as the benchmark in the competition.
Paddy Horsburgh: One of the toughest midfielders to grace the league, always led by example and was crucial to helping Violet Town to the 2012 flag. Brilliant left-foot kick and is a multiple best-and-fairest winner for the Towners.
Anthony Haysom: Few players performed better in "big games"; his record in grand finals is testament to his ability to rise to the occasion. An excellent kick for goal under pressure.
Gavin Exell: Former Geelong key forward kicked 134 goals in 1999 and 124 the following season, then he kicked another 126 goals in 2003. He was a premiership coach with the club in 2000 and also won a best and fairest for the club.
Mick Roberts: Back-to-back premierships as a teenager in 1998-99, then more premierships with Nagambie. Widely travelled as a footballer, he captained the Goulburn Valley league while at Tatura.
Sam La Porta: Three consecutive goal-kicking titles between 2009 and 2011 and a total of 343 goals in those years. He was a key player in Undera’s most recent Kyabram league premiership, 2009.
Perry Meka: Was as effective in the Goulburn Valley league with Lemnos and Shepp Swans as he was in the Kyabram district league. Kicked 173 and 171 goals in seasons 1992 and 1993, then in a second coming kicked 149 and 107 in 2006-07.
Josh Pell: 2013 Mcnamara Medallist, finished second in the goalkicking with 61 goals in his medal-winning season. Played for four seasons, a key pillar of the 2015 premiership, named among the team’s best in one of the most remarkable grand finals ever in 2014.
Andrew Thomas: 2001 Mcnamara Medallist and Lancaster premiership player in the same season. Long-sleeve-wearing mobile ruckman who could easily have played at either centre half-forward or back.
Tyson Sidebottom: 2004 Mcnamara Medallist. One of five Tallygaroopna brothers, including Collingwood’s Steele. A three-time GVL flag winner, including two as captain of Shepparton United. Premierships with Tally in 2005 and 2018.
Michael Shiels: His father Eddie won four medals and Michael won two himself, in 2007 and 2014. The silky left foot was involved in premierships with Nagambie on five occasions. He has played more than 300 games for the club.
Steve Thomson: Hard-headed on-baller who rarely lost his feet and was a star in Lancaster’s premiership year of 2011, when he was the league medallist. He is one of the current players to make the list.
Brad Lowe: Won the 2005 Mcnamara Medal and had stints with both Ardmona and Stanhope. Midfielder who accumulated the ball and also had the ability to control an opponent while impacting the game himself.
Kasey Duncan: Goalkicking midfielder recently appointed for another season as Avenel coach. He was the 2016 Mcnamara Medallist and is Dustin Martin-like in his ability to win one-on-one contests.
Tom Darward: Could do everything — from a hanger to a brilliant goal from the impossible angle. He could play tall or small to through the midfield, down forward and across halfback. Was pivotal in helping Merrigum to the 2015 flag.