COLAC and district friends have paid tribute to former Beeac footballer Peter Featherston after he died in a traffic crash.
Mr Featherston, 36, died in a crash between a car and his bicycle as he rode to work on the Wimmera Highway at Naracoorte, north of Mount Gambier in South Australia.
Friends of the former Irrewarra-Beeac and Apollo Bay premiership star flooded his Facebook page with tributes which described him as a “genuinely great man, friend and father”.
Irrewarra-Beeac Football Netball Club president Stuart Nelson said Mr Featherston’s death last week came as a shock to everyone who knew him.
“The Irrewarra-Beeac Football Netball Club and the whole community from football clubs and leagues throughout country Victoria to over the border were in shock of the news of the passing of Peter Featherston in a tragic accident,” he said.
“Peter or ‘Feather’ to most who knew him was not only one of the best country footballers going around but was one of the best blokes you could have ever met.
“He was the most wonderful man and the most awarded and decorated player ever to play football at the Irrewarra-Beeac Football Netball Club.”
Mr Featherston’s football career included stints with Colac district clubs Irrewarra-Beeac and Apollo Bay, Imperials in the Sunraysia football league and more recently the Padthaway Football Club at Naracoorte.
The towering ruckman won premierships at Apollo Bay and Irrewarra-Beeac, including the Bombers’ 2010 flag, won two Jack Mahoney league best-and-fairest medals in the Colac District Football League and won at least 10 best-and-fairest awards at his different clubs.
Fellow 2010 Irrewarra-Beeac premiership player Dan Casey said Mr Featherston was a great loss.
“I think everyone that knew Peter walked a bit taller when he was standing next to you,” Mr Casey said.
“He was a big gentle fella and I was lucky enough to spend a bit of time with him.
“For Pete to win a flag in 2010 at the club was a massive honour for him and his family,” he said.
“In the preliminary final in 2010 against Alvie he was the one that probably got us over the line and into the grand final.”
Apollo Bay Football Netball Club president Andrew Bazell said the Hawks remembered Mr Featherston as a great player and a “hell of a nice bloke”.
“Our thoughts go out to the family and we’ve sent our best wishes to Mark Featherston and Jodie Bertrand who are still involved in the football club as well,” he said.