Legends legacy

DON Falvo bowed out in a manner that exemplified his storied career: shedding blood, sweat and tears for his beloved club.

Retiring Robinvale/Euston champion Don Falvo runs through a banner in his honour with children Samuel, 7, Amelia, 4, and Emma, 11. Picture: Glenn Milne.Inset: In 2013, Falvo becomes the first player in the SFNL to win four McLeod Medals, as the competition’s best and fairest player.

And while his Robinvale/Euston side was unable to send him off with a win on Saturday, Falvo retired a legend of Sunraysia­­­ football.

Falvo, who turns 40 in December, hung up the boots after his 437th game, a league record, in his 25th season.

He is the only man to have won four McLeod medals and he played in nine grand finals, winning three premierships.

Falvo played all his junior football for Euston, won a flag in his debut Senior season at 15 and went on to become a Robinvale Hall of Famer.

It was congruous that the veteran of a quarter-century finished his career in Robinvale/Euston’s first year as a merged club.

Befitting, still, that the seasoned stalwart’s­­­ final year was dedicated to helping guide the Eagles into this new era, before stepping aside for the next generation and new blood who are the future of the combined club.

“That was one of the reasons I did play on. It was good to have one more year under the (merged) banner, but now it’s time to go,” Falvo said.

“(First-year senior coach) Trent (Fiscalini) has to put his stamp on the club and while I’m around, I think some of the kids might still come to me for advice.”

His retirement came in Round 15, with three games yet to play in the 2015 regular season, as it was the Eagles’ last home game at John James Oval in Robinvale.

Falvo wanted to be farewelled by the home crowd who had cheered him on for two and a half decades.

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