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Lions lose a great

BELMONT Lions are mourning the death of club great Peter Newton.

Newtown, who played a club record 381 games and kicked 991 goals for the Lions across senior and reserve grades, died on Friday.

He arrived at Winter Reserve ahead of the 1982 season after former GDFL club Meredith, where he played 39 games and kicked 54 goals, disbanded.

Then known as East Belmont, Newton made an immediate impact at his new home in winning the Lions’ Best Clubman award.

He captained East Belmont the 1994 GDFL Division 2 reserve grade premierships and coached the Lions to a flag in reserve grade the following year.

Newton was made a life member of the league in 1998 after reaching the 300-game milestone.

In the opening round of 1994, Newton took to the field at senior level with son Glenn, who was making his debut, as the Lions handed Leigh Districts (Inverleigh) a 167-point hiding.

The Belmont Lions’ reserve grade best-and-fairest has been named in Newton’s honour.

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1982 East Belmont Best Clubman

1983 3rd East Belmont reserves best-and-fairest.

1985 3rd East Belmont senior best-and-fairest.

1986 1st East Belmont reserves best-and-fairest.

1987 GDFL Division 2 senior leading goalkicker (54 goals)

1988 GDFL Division 2 reserves leading goalkicker (71 goals)

1989 – 1996 East Belmont reserves coach

1990  Received East Belmont Life Membership with wife Wendy for service to the club

1991 1st GDFL reserves best-and-fairest. 2nd East Belmont reserves best-and-fairest

1992 2nd GDFL reserves best-and-fairest

1994 Played senior football alongside son Glenn in Round 1 vs. Leigh Districts. Captained East Belmont’s first-ever GDFL reserves premiership. 2nd GDFL reserves leading goalkicker (75 Goals)

1995 Coached reserve grade premiership. 2nd GDFL reserves goalkicker (74 Goals)

1998 Played his 300th club game and became a GDFL Life Member. 2nd Belmont Lions reserves best-and-fairest.

2002 Played his 400th GDFL Game

2005 Retired