Lions star wins Recorder Medal

TRADITION: Lions footballer Tyler Eckert accepts The Recorder Medal from the newspaper's acting editor, Greg Mayfield. Eckert was impressed with the 80-year history of the award.
TRADITION: Lions footballer Tyler Eckert accepts The Recorder Medal from the newspaper's acting editor, Greg Mayfield. Eckert was impressed with the 80-year history of the award.

Star Lions footballer Tyler Eckert has reflected on the tradition associated with the Recorder Medal.

He won the medal as Port Pirie's best-and-fairest player this year.

The award dates back more than a century and Eckert was impressed to read about the 1959 edition of the medal on a page-montage in the newspaper office.

He said he was thrilled to receive the honour with all its "history".

"It is a pretty big award," he said.

Eckert finished third in the Spencer Gulf League's Madigan Medal count at the Port Football and Community Sporting Club with 18 votes and was the highest-polling local player.

He began football at the age of seven years and worked his way through the under 11 team and other junior divisions to the league outfit during 18 years with Lions.

Along the way, he moved from juniors to A grade with Luke Patterson and fellow Recorder Medallist Jordan Fuller.

He won a league premiership in 2015, but yearns for another flag.

In the final minor round match this season, he popped the AC joint in his shoulder to miss the two finals that Lions played in. He is on the way to recovery while still wearing his arm in a sling.

He is on antibiotic pills for an infection in the surgery wound, but hopes to go swimming to strengthen the joint soon.

In the final minor round match this season, Eckert popped the AC joint in his shoulder.

Eckert joined Lions because his uncle George Hosking, better known for baseball, played with Risdon which merged with Proprietary to create the club. "Thanks to my coach Matthew Promnitz for his support this year and my team-mates as well as my partner Jade - we had a baby, Scarlett, at the start of the year," he said. "My team-mate Jordan Fuller has won a few Recorder Medals so he knows what he likes - there is a lot of history in it."

Eckert, who is a wind-farm technician, said he hoped to win another premiership.

"That is the one that has been eluding us for a while," he said.

He plays centre and half-back and is raring for a big season next year.

The Spencer Gulf League scrapped Port Pirie medals this season, preferring to consolidate the league's awards, but the newspaper decided that the Recorder Medal would continue.

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