Back in June 2011, the Old Paradians’ Association convened an inaugural gathering of former captains of Parade’s 1st XVIII teams through seven decades of College life.
Twenty-eight men of stature, from the late leader of Parade’s 49ers
Peter Venier through to the 2008 skipper James McInerney, filed into the
in Parkville to relive past glories and pose for an historic team
Prominent amongst them was the ’99 1st XVIII captain Daniel Sage. On
arrival, Daniel proudly posed for a photograph in front of the Old
backdrop then reacquainted himself with fellow former captains and
his old 1st XVIII coach Tony McKay.
“Daniel was a great leader of the 1st XVIII,” Tony said. “He was
captain in 1999 and was a significant player in the Herald Shield
Premiership team of
“He played a number of games in 1997 as a year 10 student. His style of leadership was to lead from the front and he was able to win games from his own boot at critical times in a game.”
Towards the end of the historic gathering in Parkville, a call went
out to any former captains still chasing the leather that they might see
fit to helping
out the Old Paradians Football Club.
‘Sagey’ didn’t need to be asked twice. “I’ll have a run for the OPs,” he said.
Not long after and true to his word, Daniel returned to the Garvey
and donned the Old Paradians guernsey. Taking his place up front, the
big fellow promptly
took charge - hauling in the Sherrin with his trusty mitts and
finding the big sticks with that thumping left foot to help get the
green men home.
Parade’s Director High Performance Sport Phil Gaut, the then Senior
Coach of the Old Paradians in 2011, remembered Daniel making an
at the club both on and off the field.
“Daniel came down in the second half of the 2011 home and away season
and he played three or four games. He was a beautiful kick of the
footy,” Phil said.
“He was a good bloke, a lovely fellow and he helped the cause.”
Daniel cast a long shadow over those connected with the Old Paradians, just as he did with those aligned with the many and varied football teams for whom he shared his prodigious on-field talents – the likes of Northern Knights, Montmorency, Euroa, Craigieburn, Mernda, Violet Town, Whittlesea and the Victoria Police, for whom Leading Senior Constable Sage also served as a respected member.
But tragically on November 8, Daniel’s time came - just a fortnight
shy of his 36th birthday – when he was killed in a farming accident on
the family property
He leaves behind his beloved wife Sarah and adored sons Elija, 6, and
Cohen, 4 his younger brother Carl (himself a final year Parade student
of 2004 who
followed him to the Old Paradians) and his sister Donna, a Detective
He is also survived by his father Ken and mother Janine.
In an interview with the Herald Sun, Donna Sage revealed that Daniel
loved the country lifestyle and relocated to the Kilmore farm about a
“He wanted to set up a life for his family and his two little boys,’’
she said. “He just loved his life and loved his family and his friends.
“He was the happiest when he was with the boys — they idolised their Dad. They did everything with him.”
On Remembrance Day – three days after Daniel’s passing - Carl’s wife Sarah gave birth to a son. Louis Daniel Sage.
This Friday, November 17, Carl and members of the Sage family will
lead the many, many mourners in paying final respects to a great man
gone too soon.
The funeral of Daniel Sage will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Learning Community, St. Patrick’s Primary School, 1 Conway Street, Kilmore, commencing 11.00am.