Former Seymour policeman and Euroa footballer Daniel Sage, who died last Wednesday, will be remembered as a terrific fellow, gone too soon.
Sage, who played an integral role in Euroa’s 2005 grand final loss to Seymour, died in a workplace incident at his family farm in Kilmore.
Sage was a long-kicking left-footed midfielder with unerring accuracy, and current Magpies president and former team-mate Scott Watson was honoured to call Sage a friend.
‘‘He was a terrific person, he had time for anyone and it was just tragic to find out that he had passed,’’ Watson said.
‘‘He will be sorely missed by his wife and two boys.’’
Watson was Sage’s captain in Euroa’s halcyon days in the mid-2000s and there is always one memory of the booming left-footer which springs to mind.
‘‘He was like a bull, he would enter the pack from one side and burst out the other side and more often than not he’d kick a goal,’’ Watson said.
‘‘Sagey was an integral member of our side, and in the end he passed away on the farm doing what he enjoyed.’’
Sage still worked with Victoria Police, but Watson believes if he’d had his way he would have been on his ‘hobby’ farm more often than not.
‘‘I think the police was just there for an income, but when I caught up with him in March this year he was on top of things and just having a good time with his family,’’ Watson said.
Euroa residents have had a tough trot after the death of Ryley Bjorksten, 19, following an accident recently, and Watson feels it is times like this that community members really need each other.
‘‘It has been for the town, really tough,’’ Watson said.
‘‘It is times like these when we find out how good it really is to live in a small town with people rallying around one another.’’