League legends to be honoured

FOOTBALL: The association game is on this weekend between the Great Southern Football League and the Southern Football League and for the first time they will be playing for the Barry Pilmore Cup in the A grade game.

Pilmore is respected in both leagues and the perfect choice for a cup for both leagues to play for now the rivalry has been resurrected.

Pilmore is a six-in-a-row Great Southern Football League premiership coach and has been coaching the Willunga Football Club for 10 years.

He is the first person to coach Willunga A grade for 10 seasons and engineered breaking the 1950s club record for consecutive flags when his players won their sixth grand final in 2009.

Pilmore coached the SA State Country team in 2010, 2011 and 2012. His playing record is  impeccable and last year he was honoured by being named in the Southern Football League Team of the Century to complement his SFL Hall of Fame listing, so the respect he is held in both leagues is of the highest standing.

The under 17.5 match has been named the Greg Whittlesea Shield after the Yankalilla star who played for Sturt and won the Magarey Medal in 1988.

The tough farmer from Yankalilla also played in the AFL for Hawthorn. 

Whittlesea had an incredible career with Hawthorn, Sturt, Glenelg and Yankalilla. 

He made his greatest contribution at the Sturt Football Club in the SANFL, playing 243 games and captaining the Double Blues for three years.

The high profile, but humble champion has always remembered his roots and returned from the SANFL to play and coach his Yankalilla and now throws his knowledge into coaching youngsters at Tigerland.

Greg Whittlesea had a remarkable and diverse career which spread over four clubs and 500 games. 

He will always be remembered as one of the most talented and established footballers to originate from the Great Southern Football League.

The under 15 match is called the South Shield, which the South Adelaide Football Club supports.

In other news for the association game the best player for Great Southern in the under 17.5 match will win the Terry Thompson Medal and the best player for Great Southern in the under 15 game will win the Neville Miller Medal.

Both Terry Thompson and Neville Miller have made an enormous contribution and shown dedication and passion to association football over many years and are GSFL life members.

They will join GSFL secretary Kevin Curran, who in 2012 had the honour of having the A grade best player winning the Kevin Curran Medal, to present their medals on the day.

GSFL president Gordon Tonkin said both leagues are trying to create a long standing association and the naming of cups, shields and medals after respected individuals who have had a passion for association football is a great start to make the games something special.

“Both leagues consider Barry Pilmore and Greg Whittlesea to be iconic and legendary names in the Southern and Fleurieu region, having both supported representative football in an exemplary fashion,” Mr Tonkin said.

“This announcement and the naming of medals for Kevin Curran, Terry Thompson and Neville Miller rightfully restores the prestige and profile to association football. 

“To be selected to play association football will now be an even greater privilege and honour.”

The association games will be played at Hickinbotham oval on Saturday, June 8.