Hume league honours five with Hall of Fame induction

From the Border Mail

ONE of country football’s long-serving players is among five people inducted into the Hume league’s Hall of Fame.

David Coulston, who played 562 senior matches before turning to umpiring, was honoured along with the late Bill Thomas, Don Star, Graham Scholz and Ted Miller on Wednesday night.

Coulston’s 32-year senior playing career started at Kiewa-Sandy Creek in 1974 and finished in 2006 at Rand-Walbundrie.

He played for KSC, Lavington, East Lavington, Walla, Burrumbuttock, Rand, Walbundrie and Border-Walwa and coached at senior level for 12 years.

Coulston won the Azzi medal playing for Walla in 1985 and his career was highlighted by four premierships.

Thomas was an outstanding servant on and off the field.

Before starting his senior career at Walbundrie, he played at North Albury from 1954 to 57 where he played in a premiership in 1955 and represented the Ovens and Murray.

He joined Walbundrie in 1958 and won the Azzi medal that season with Howlong’s Des Dower.

Thomas played in flags at the club in 1967 and 1968 and later spent 12 seasons as club president.

He also served on the league’s committee from 1978 to 1999 and had the league’s under-17 medal named after him.

Star, who started his career at Granya before being spotted by Wodonga, played 20 matches for South Melbourne in 1954 and 1955 under the legendary Herbie Matthews.

He returned to Wodonga in 1959 before making the move to Jindera and tasting immediate success as captain-coach in 1960 and 1961.

Star then played in flags under Bill Barton in 1963 and 1964 in a career spanning over 350 matches.

He served as president of Jindera for six years and was a league delegate for 20.

Scholz’s senior career started in the Farrer league in 1964 and finished in 1986 in the Hume league with 404 matches under his belt.

During that time he represented Farrer, won a senior best and fairest in 1978 and was runner-up in 1972, 1974 and 1975.

His greatest moment on the football field came in September, 1986, when he finally won a premiership when Henty’s reserves kicked a goal after the siren.

Miller started his senior career with Rutherglen and won the best and fairest in his first season in 1972 before a knee injury hampered his career.

In 1981, Miller started his district league coaching career at Jindera, before joining Walbundrie for 11 years.

He steered the Tigers to a flag in 1989.

After spending time with Rand, Miller was instrumental in the birth of the Murray Magpies and is presently president of the club.