On walls of GVL Hall of Fame

June 05, 2018

Gary Cooper joined Robbie Orrman as the only GVL footballers with legend status.

Greg Liddell was presented with his certificate by fellow Hall of Fame member Chris Stuhldreier.

Damian, Brendan, Greg, Maureen and Gerard Liddell celebrate Greg's inclusion into the GVL Hall of Fame.

Gaye Eaton was the first netballer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Cooper family was on hand for Gary’s elevation to legend status.

Peter Warburton accepted the certificate on behalf of his father Keith from Hall of Fame chairman Freddo McMahon.

Tim and Lisa Kirkman are presented with father Greg’s certificate from Shepparton star Stephen Ash.

Dowie Bux travelled from Melbourne to accept his Hall of Fame honour.

On Sunday night at Shepparton RSL, the Goulburn Valley League inducted five new members into its Hall of Fame as well as elevating Gary Cooper to legend status. Dowie Bux, Greg Kirkman, Greg Liddell, Keith Warburton and Gaye Eaton were all acknowledged by the league in front of members and their families, with their names forever etched in GVL history.


‘‘It was pretty overwhelming, it’s come out of left field, it’s not something that I’ve ever thought about.

‘‘I actually watched the AFL Hall of Fame for the first time (this year) and I showed a bit more interest ... especially at my age you think footy awards are all past you, but I feel humbled and it’s a great honour to even be alongside Chris Stuhldreier, who I played against and admired and he’s the sort of person that should get it, you don’t think about yourself among them.

‘‘I really treasured premierships, but to be honest when my (three) sons played in premierships with Seymour that made me pretty emotional to have the three boys in 2006 (when Brendan and Gerard played in the senior premiership and Damian played in the reserves flag).’’


‘‘It’s absolutely wonderful and to be the first netballer is absolutely fantastic.

‘‘It’s excellent, you don’t do things for these sorts of acknowledgements, but when you do get it it is beautiful.

‘‘Especially when I’ve been involved with administration the GVL was, as far as I’m concerned, the best league in country Victoria and we have proven that over the years.

‘‘To play (GVL), that was probably the highest level that I was able to play a — I was very lucky.’’


‘‘For him (Robbie Orrman) to present it to me is fantastic because he’s a legend in his own right and especially with what he’s done with the Swans, he’s a terrific man.

‘‘To spend time with him and to talk with him he’s very, very knowledgeable and a terrific person.

‘‘I was so humbled that I got inducted back then (in 2014) and, to have this bestowed on me, I feel very humbled and very honoured that they felt that I’m amongst Robbie Orrman and those sorts of people, I’m very honoured.

‘‘Keith Wellman, I’ve loved him for years, he used to get all those blokes to play for Ardmona and take us back and forth and ferry us.

‘‘He was one of the biggest influences and said a few words that stuck with me and I thank him a lot, he taught me everything he knew.

‘‘It’s terrific that they’re (children and grandchildren) coming on and they’re doing something that I did years and years ago and it’s terrific to go and see them play and they’re doing very well too and that’s a terrific thing.’’


‘‘We’re very proud, Dad’s whole life was based around sport, but football especially,’’ Peter Warburton said.

‘‘We never saw Dad as kids because everybody would come to our house and want to take Keith somewhere to meet somebody, no matter where he went they’d take him away from us.

‘‘It’s great because they were good times, (for example) my father and I went fishing one day at the number six channel at Tatura and we couldn’t catch a fish. There was a bloke on the other side from Tatura and he caught fish after fish and we left 10 minutes after he left. We had an old Zephyr station wagon and on our gear stick there were six fish hanging there and people would do that, people would bring us around a leg of lamb. We had all these friends because Dad was such a good sportsman, but he was a good bloke.

‘‘He never raised his voice or his hand and everyone liked him because of that.’’


‘‘It’s a fantastic achievement by Greg as an individual, but also as a member of the Swans where he played and coached and had a number of positions, so it’s great recognition of his contribution not only to the Swans, but to footy in general,’’ Shepparton Swans president Richard Bell said.

‘‘His wife played for the Swans and his kids and he came down and was one of the coaches at the legends game (for the Swans’ 90-year anniversary).

‘‘He’s a great role model especially for younger players that know what type of person he is and the way he conducted himself on and off the field.’’


‘‘It’s really great and I’m very, very honoured.

‘‘My coach then (at Nathalia) was Barry Connolly and he wanted me to go to United, but I chose Mooroopna.

‘‘(Hall of Fame member Connolly) had a great influence, he used to look after me and take me around and take me to training, pick me up, take me to football, he was a great influence.

‘‘My highlight (of my career) would be tonight (at the induction night) being celebrated into the Hall of Fame, you don’t imagine this when you’re playing, I’m rapt and really honoured to be inducted.’’

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