WIMMERA Football League will award retrospective Toohey medals to players who tied for the competition's most prestigious individual award but lost a countback.
Commissioners agreed at a meeting on Thursday night to award the retrospective medals at this year's Toohey Medal count at Ararat.
Players to receive retrospective medals will be:
·Murtoa centre half back Dinny Lindsay, who polled 15 votes to tie for the 1963 medal with Ararat's Jim Bonner.
·Warracknabeal centre half forward Graeme Clyne, who polled 19 votes to tie for the 1965 medal with Jeparit's Phil Gehrig.
·Stawell centre half forward Mike Pickering, deceased, who polled 21 votes to tie for the 1969 medal with Nhill's Rod Coutts.
·Rupanyup ruckman-forward John Sudholz, who polled 18 votes to tie for the 1971 medal with Ararat's Leo Mooney.
·Horsham rover Peter Wood, who polled 18 votes to tie the 1974 medal with Rupanyup's Greg Bell.
·Stawell midfielder Tony Beck, who polled 25 votes to tie the 1983 medal with Horsham's Peter Light.
The league introduced a joint winner policy in 1987 when Andrew Johns, Darren Lloyd and Tony Beck tied in that season. No Toohey Medal ties have occurred since.
The decision means Beck will receive his fifth Toohey Medal and becomes the most decorated player in the league's history.
Beck, who also won the award in 1980, '81, '86 and '87, had previously shared this distinction with Nhill legend Wes Warrick, who won in '52, '54, '55 and '60.
Deputy chief commissioner David Berry said the league had also agreed to allow farmers who produced a Victorian Farmers Federation members card entry to 2003 home-and-away games at a concessional rate of $4, saving $2.