Beloved Pemberton father and Southerners Football Club stalwart Tony Ditri has been fondly remembered by the South West town at a testimonial match held on Saturday. Mr Ditri was remembered with a 200-person guard of honour as his former teammates ran on to the field past his No.3 jumper. The father of three was allegedly murdered in August last year before his body was found weeks later on farmland near Pemberton. The Southerners Football Club did not get the chance to host a testimonial match as his death came after the football season had finished. With many of Mr Ditri’s former teammates donning the jersey one more time for the match, they took on Deanmill Football Club for the opening match of the 2022 Lower South West Football reserves competition. After a very hard-fought match, the Southerners reserves secured the club’s only win of the day, emerging victors 12.9 (81) to 6.7 (43). The football club took to Facebook to thank everyone who helped make the day as special as it was and paid respects to Mr Ditri and his family. The club wrote about how respected and loved Mr Ditri was, not only at the football club but within the town of Pemberton as a whole. “It was our first chance on a game day to show our respects to the Ditri family and friends after the passing of Tony,” the Facebook post said. “A very emotional day but also a very uplifting day as the footy club and the community celebrated our love and stories of the great man.” The club wrote about how great is was to have former teammates of Mr Ditri in the starting line-up for the reserves squad and was hoping the winning spirit can carry over the rest of the year. “Our reserves side with a few of Tony’s mates playing had a good win,” it said. “Yes, it was an expensive day for our medical team! Lots of tape and rub-down oil. “Thanks to all the helpers and supporters on the day and we hope you can stick with us for the rest of the season.” After the match a remembrance service was held where stories were told and Mr Ditri was honoured by the club he loved.