Becroft in historic second medal win

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Jake Becroft became the first multiple winner of the prestigious Harry Reeves Medal when the Great Southern Storm forward was again recognised as the fairest and best player at the annual Great Southern Colts Carnival in Kulin last weekend.

Becroft won the medal, named in honour of late Great Southern Football League life member Harry Reeves, last year after kicking nine goals in three games.

The North Albany junior again finished with nine goals across three games, booting five in his side’s big win over Eastern Districts on Saturday and then four later that afternoon against Upper Great Southern.

The 19-year-old was well held in the Storm’s grand final loss to Lower South West, but by virtue of his stand-out performances earlier in the carnival, Becroft was a clear winner of the medal.

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He polled 22 umpires’ votes and 18 votes from carnival selectors to finish with 40 to his name, well ahead of Eastern Districts ball magnet Lane Sedgwick (28 votes) and Ongerup’s Jayden Scott (26).

The medal has been named after Reeves since 2000 and Becroft’s win continues the region’s strong association with the award.

He joins Riley Quilty, Zane Marwick, Warwick Proudlove, Kyle Flett, Darryl Pickett, Terry Farmer, Chris Brabazon and Hayden Fleay as winners from the Great Southern.

Becroft was one of five Storm players to receive selection in the Great Southern 20 at the carnival.

Ruckman Stewart Davies, tall defender Jack Steel and mid-fielders Corey Linthorne and Corey Hitchcock also earned selection, while Scott was a standout in the Ongerup games and was their sole representative.

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