Memorial day to award best player the Col Dixon Medal

May 19, 2017

LANCASTER Football Netball Club stalwart Col Dixon will be honoured at Lancaster Football Club’s match against Undera on Saturday.

As part of the Colin Dixon Memorial Day, the best Lancaster player of the match will be awarded the Col Dixon Medal.

With the first Memorial Day held last year, the tradition will continue, honouring the local legend who did so much for the football club.

‘‘Last year was quite emotional, as many of us had known Col well,’’ club president Stephen Grills said of Dixon, who died in 2015.

‘‘I still remember Col as a great family man, and an amazing gentleman to have in the club.’’

Dixon’s 12-year playing career at Lancaster started in 1962, where he won two club best and fairest awards (1965 and 1968) and was best and fairest runner-up three times.

Mr Grills said Dixon’s two-year stint as senior playing coach/captain in 1970-71 was integral to the club’s survival.

‘‘The club was down on numbers, and he stepped up as coach and really got it running again,’’ he said.

The medal was awarded to Chris Eddy in 2016, with this year’s winner selected once again by Col’s family.

In addition to the Memorial Day, several reunions of past Lancaster players will take place this Friday evening at the Blue Brick Hotel.

The gathering will include two 10-year reunions of reserve and A-grade netball players, a 20-year reunion of seniors and reserve football players, and a 25-year reunion of B-grades and reserves.

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