TAKE a bow, John Hotker. You are a true Wimmera Football League legend.
Remembered as one of the best goal-kickers in the business, the former Minyip-Murtoa forward received his Hall of Fame honour during the Wimmera football and netball night of nights on Monday.
The five-time Minyip premiership player and nine-time Wimmera leading goal-kicker said he was humbled by the award.
“I was pretty chuffed and pretty taken aback to be honest,” he said.
Hotker kicked more than 1700 goals during his stellar career and holds the record for the most goals in a home and away season with 143.
He said while the premierships were a highlight, just running out on the park every week was good in itself.
“I just enjoyed playing footy. I started at the club when I was eight,” he said.
Hotker paid tribute to Minyip-Murtoa Football Club and his former team-mates and said the award would not be possible without them.
“I had a few strengths and a lot of weaknesses,” he said.
“I was pretty slow, not a great tackler and pretty hopeless when the ball went below my knees.
“Because we grew up playing footy together, a lot of the other blokes knew my weaknesses and covered for them.”
Hotker started his career with Minyip and continued with Minyip-Murtoa when the two clubs amalgamated in 1994.
He retired from senior football in 2002 before a stint in the reserves.