A former McLeod Medallist – the only player to win the Sunraysia Football league best and fairest award as a full back, has passed away.

The family of Rodney “Rocky” Pollock advised that he had passed away on Saturday when a family member called to see him at his Merbein home.

Pollock won the 1977 McLeod Medal – one of eight Magpies to win the coveted award since inception in 1946.

Pollock also won a club best and fairest (but not in the same year as his McLeod Medal Victory), became a life member of the Merbein Football Club and one of the first to be inducted into Merbein Football Club’s Hall of Fame.

Former team mate Brad Moore said that he and Bob Winton would never have received best on grounds without him there.

 “He often played above his station on taller and bigger opponents and usually outplayed them,”

"Finely skilled, beautifully balanced, one of the few of that era comfortable with disposing on either side of the body, elusive & dashing runner, prodigious kick, generous ball user that brought others around him into the game,"

“He was a deceptively good mark, agile on the ground and strong in the packs,” Moore recalls.

“He was as hard as his nickname on the field but a kind gentleman off it,” he said
“A no nonsense bloke and  as genuine as the day is long.- the Merbein Football Club could have  done with another 10 of him"
“It was a pleasure to have played alongside him and in doing so I  learnt so much from the experience,” Moore said.

Pollock, who was 180 cm tall , began his senior career at the age of 17 after coming through junior ranks.

In his first year of season of senior football he played 17 games and kicked 11 goals.

He was moved into defence for the 1976 season and a year later at the age of 21 became the most outstanding full back in the League and a medal winner.

Pollock, who passed away aged 60, came from a large family consisting of brothers Kenny, Brendan, Graham, Greg, Doug and a sister Karen, who are all still alive.

Funeral details will be released by members of his family in a few days.