Dominant ruckman Shayne Zanetti capped a stellar year in the Great Southern Football League by winning Denmark-Walpole’s league fairest and best award on October 17. Zanetti was recruited by the Magpies in 2016 and was brilliant this season, in the ruck and up forward, where he kicked 12 goals. The former West Perth big man played eight games before missing the last two regular games with a serious ankle injury, but he returned to play his part in the Magpies getting into a grand final. Zanetti, above, was a hot Kleemann Medal fancy and finished equal-second in the GSFL’s highest individual honour. He won the coaches’ player of the year award and was a joint winner of the Albany Advertiser footballer of the year award. In the Magpies’ fairest and best count, Zanetti polled 77 votes to win the award for the first time and defeat fellow travelling player Ashley Smith on 66 votes. Captain Alec Haskins was third on 59, while the returning Jayden Woods (54 votes), Matt Dykes and Jaden Guidi (19) rounded out the top six. Haskins walked away with the most consistent award, Cody Kerr received the coaches’ award, Brodie Ellis was the rising star, and Dave Scriven won the golden fist award. Daniel Rowling claimed the reserves’ fairest and best, and Josh Thompson was the Magpies’ best player in the 16s. Long-time volunteer Chris Venkatachalam was awarded life membership after her years of service to the club as an administrator.