CROSS-TOWN rivals Colac Imperials and South Colac have introduced a medal in honour of Roos legend Peter ‘Helmut’ Foley about a year after his death.
Officials will award the best-on-ground player in Sunday’s Cat-or-Roo Cup football and A Grade netball matches with a Peter Foley Medal.
South Colac coach and Mr Foley’s nephew Tim Foley said Imps were keen to introduce the initiative, showing the impact that his uncle had not only at South Colac, but the entire Colac sporting community.
“Peter was the sort of bloke who loved his footy, but he also enjoyed the off-field mateship from people at different clubs,” Tim Foley said.
“He loved playing the Imps and he always had someone to have a beer with after the game, and that’s the beauty of footy – being able to go in after a game and have a beer with your opponent,” he said.
“The Imps were keen to bring in the medal as well, so it’s good to be able to recognise Helmut’s contribution in footy and netball.”
Mr Foley, who died on April 29 last year, was a life member of the South Colac Sports Club.
He joined the Roos in 1982 and played 347 senior and reserve grade games for the Roos, coached their senior football and A Grade netball sides and was a player, mentor and volunteer at Joiner Reserve for 32 years.
South Colac officials also introduced an award for the club’s best under-21 club person last year, named in Foley’s honour.