Seymour coach Ian “Bluey” Shelton assured all other Goulburn Valley Football League clubs there will be no slackening of the Lion’s endeavour next year, despite their successive premiership in the past two seasons.
Shelton was a proud man in the centre of the Lions’ glory at the annual GVL presentation dinner in the Rochester Football Club social rooms on Thursday night.
“There’s another flag there if you want it”, Shelton told assembled Seymour players.
“And to the other sides, it’s there to be won if you’re good enough to beat us,” he added.
“It is amazing what people will do to have that piece of rag in your possession for the rest of the time,” Shelton said as he held the 1982 purple and gold premiership pennant.
Seymour were the major recipients of a host of trophies, presented at the dinner before a crowd of 125 officials, players and guests of the league.
Mooroopna were the next best club, receiving both the seconds and thirds flags and several trophies, including the O’Toole trophy for leading goal kicker by the Cats’ teenager star Paul McCarty.
Another highlight of the dinner was presentation of GVL life membership to Euroa stalwart secretary Pat Giovannini, who became only the 18th elected life member in the league’s history.
And he is only the eighth living life member – the others are Jack Edwards, Bert Pattison, Pat Kerrins, Charlie Taylor, Bill Enders, Pat Deane and Ron Risstrom.