Cooper now legend

By Lauren Bordin

Gary Cooper is officially a Goulburn Valley League legend.

The triple-Morrison medallist was bestowed the honour at last night’s Hall of Fame ceremony and will sit alongside Shepparton Swans champion Robbie Orrman as the only two legends to have been inducted.

Cooper was an inaugural inclusion into the Hall of Fame in 2014 and the rover was a popular choice to take the next step.

Winning his first league best-and-fairest with Tatura in 1976, he claimed another in 1983 while donning Mooroopna’s jumper and yet another came in 1985 in a premiership-winning season.

He also spent time under Des Campbell at Shepparton United as he made his way to 322 GVL games, with an immense 23 league representative matches to his name.

At Shepparton RSL on Saturday night, the GVL also inducted its first netballer and there was no-one more prominent than Gaye Eaton to receive the nod.

The Tatura stalwart won 11 best player awards at the club as well as an astounding four Wellman Family Medals in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1995.

Controlling games in centre, Eaton was difficult to match up on during her 338 games in the GVL.

Having served as Goulburn Valley Netball League president from 2000 to 2006 and being an instigator of the B-reserve grade, the best-and-fairest medal in B-reserve is named in her honour.

Also earning entry into the GVL Hall of Fame were Keith Warburton, Greg Liddell, Greg Kirkman and Dowie Bux.