Ruckman expected to play on after third medal

Colac Tigers ruckman Lochie Veale won his third Ted Parker Medal as the club’s senior football best-and-fairest winner, while Michelle Winch was crowned the A Grade netball champion in her first season at the club. The Tigers held their 2019 awards night in Colac on Friday .

Colac Tigers president Matt Gibson says the club has growing confidence that decorated footballer Lochie Veale will play on in season 2020.

The ruckman joined elite company at the Tigers on Friday night when he won a third Ted Parker Medal as the club’s senior best-and-fairest winner.

Veale, 34, revealed he had put retirement plans on hold following Colac’s heartbreaking two-point grand final loss against St Mary’s a fortnight ago.

Mr Gibson said Tigers officials were eager for Veale, who became the first player since Mark Sutherland to claim three best-and-fairests, to remain involved in a playing capacity next year.

Sutherland won an incredible four best-and-fairests between 1992 and ’96.

“That’s three for him and it’s an unbelievable effort,” Mr Gibson said of Veale, who won his first Ted Parker Medal in 2012.

“It probably puts him in the calibre of the greatest players to have played at the Colac Footy Netball Club.

“He just generally spoke about the hunger to try and win one again, so we’re pretty confident he’ll go around again and have another crack at it.”

Veale edged out emerging footballers Adam Garner, runner-up, and Cooper Stephens, third, while past winner Ryan Monaghan finished fourth.

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