Wimmera League champs awarded 

Eight of the Wimmera's most influential sportsmen and women were honoured with life membership during the Wimmera Football League and Wimmera Netball Association's night of nights.

The league made former Stawell player and coach Andrew Bach a legend, with chief commissioner John Smith and former Horsham RSL Diggers player and current official Gary Isbel receiving life memberships.

Bach said it was an honour to be recognised for his 23-year involvement with Stawell and the WFL.

Isbel said he was shocked and humbled by the award.

Smith, who played 70 games for Nhill before taking an administrative role, said how proud he was to be named as a life member.

Wimmera Netball Association awarded life memberships to five women who have gone above and beyond to progress the association.

Angela Ballinger, of Horsham, former Stawell player and current WNA president Debbie Bach, former Horsham RSL Diggers player, coach and umpire Anthea Garth, RSL Diggers' Donna Winfield, and former Dimboola player and current administrator Dian Dent were all recognised for their services to netball in the Wimmera.

Ballinger said it was a bonus to win such an award, and rated it as her highest honour in the sport.

Bach said it meant a lot to her, but felt like she still had a lot of work to do for the WNA.

Winfield congratulated her fellow inductees and said netball had been a wonderful part of her life.

Dent said it was emotional to receive her award from her mother, Bev Hoffman.

Garth, who started with Minyip before moving to Horsham RSL Diggers, described the induction as a privilege and an honour.

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