Recognition. Circular Head Football Association has inducted Rodney Medwin and Steven ‘Scissors’ Nicholls as Life Members.
Stalwarts to local football, the pair were recognised at the annual dinner and awards presentation held at Irishtown Community Centre on Saturday.
In a career which started strong from a young age, Medwin – a self-proclaimed boy from the country – hit the big smoke in 1974 to play a pre-season with Collingwood Football Club.
He returned to Smithton the following year before finding himself back across the Bass Strait at Myrtleford in Victoria in the 1976 and ’77 seasons.
He earned the Best and Fairest title upon returning to the Smithton Magpies before leading the club as vice captain into the era of the Smithton Saints.
A coaching career at Scotchtown called soon after as the now esteemed player led the side to premiership as playing coach in 1987 and ’88.
Medwin finished his playing days at City, hanging up the boots in 1993 after earning six straight premierships.
From then, Medwin represented the clubs of the association as an independent delegate.
“I’ve been blessed in being able to do a lot of things and achieve a lot of things in my time, now I’m doing what I can to help others achieve their goals,” he says of his contributions as a delegate.
“I’ve had a lot of career highlights,” he adds, but none more so than joining his sons Ashley and Braedyn umpiring recently.
It was in the First Semi Final when Irishtown’s Ashley and former Scotchtown player-turned-umpire Braedyn took to the field to boundary umpire alongside their father in the goal square.
In congratulating Medwin, fellow Circular Head Football Association stalwart Buck Benson, described the man as hard working.
“Rodney Medwin is an icon in Circular Head football. Without people like him, country football would not survive.”
Steven ‘Scissors’ Nicholls
For the better part of five decades, Nicholls has given his undivided attention to country football, especially the future of the sport.
He began his playing career at Redpa in the mid 1960s, a club he continues to call home.
In 1977 and ’78, he played with Irishtown and between 1980 and ’82 he was known as a Smithton Saint. In 1981, he was awarded the North West Football Union’s Best and Fairest in the Reserves.
Following a fulfilling playing career, including 246 club games at Redpa, Nicholls turned his attention to coaching and to raising the next generation of players.
In nominating Nicholls, Redpa Football Club paid tribute to this dedication: “His total commitment to developing the skills of these young boys and girls has been truly amazing.
“There are many players in the CHFA and also at the Giants that would fondly remember being coached by Scissors, not only in football but [in learning] basic manners and life skills.”
These are values Nicholls holds true: “To me, the most important thing has been to teach kids discipline, respect and manners. There are a lot of volunteers who put in effort to this sport, they deserve to be shown respect for that.”
His proudest moments shine the brightest.
“The biggest thing I get out of it is when you’re watching a kid, you’ve been working with them then all of a sudden they’re kicking and handballing and there’s a big grin on their face. That’s the reward.”