Community spirit is helping ease the burden on the family of former Euroa and Violet Town footballer Daniel Sage.
Sage, 35, was killed in an accident at his family farm at Kilmore last Wednesday.
A GoFundMe page set-up by friend Matt Kershaw to support Sage’s wife Sarah and sons Elijah and Cohen has raised more than $37000 in only three days and is rapidly rising.
After more than 15 years of playing senior football, Sage won his first premiership in 2012 when Violet Town went through the Kyabram District Football League season undefeated.
Violet Town coach Sean Horsburgh, who captained the Towners to that flag, said Sage made a lasting impact during just one year at the club.
Sage came to Violet Town because his brother-in-law Hayden Lamaro was coaching the Towners.
‘‘He obviously played some good footy before Violet Town and he was trying to finish off his career on a high and win that elusive premiership,’’ Horsburgh said.
‘‘We were lucky to have him on board because he had an impact from his first day, not only with his ability on the footy field, but off the field he was just a really good bloke.
‘‘One thing that stood out to me was he was there to support everyone at the club, it didn’t matter what grade they were playing, he was encouraging of everyone.’’
Horsburgh fondly remembers a game where Sage was moved to full-forward and slotted 10 goals against Merrigum.
‘‘He could play anywhere, any position,’’ Horsburgh said.
‘‘(Regular full-forward) ‘Wheels’ (Craig Whelan) went overseas for a week and he (Sage) was moved forward and was best-on-ground.
‘‘The game against Ardmona when ‘Wheels’ kicked 34 goals against Ardmona, probably half of them were off the boot of Sagey playing in the midfield and hitting him lace out.’’
Sage, a Leading Senior Constable with Victoria Police, played 36 games for Euroa and was an integral part of the Magpies’ run to the 2005 Goulburn Valley League grand final when they almost ended a premiership drought.
A funeral for Sage will be held at St Patrick’s Primary School, Kilmore on Friday at 11am.
Donations to Sage’s family can be made at www.gofundme.com/daniel-sage-memorial-fund
It was a terrible week for local football, particularly for Euroa after Magpies player Ryley Bjorksten, 19, died following a car accident on November 5.
Bjorksten was remembered during Euroa’s Cricket Shepparton games on Saturday with a minute’s silence.
A funeral for Bjorksten will be held at Euroa’s Memorial Oval tomorrow at 11am.