Former Hawk sheds feathers to become fairest and best Lion
In his first season at the club, Alan Barnett medallist Jordan Heil has capped a premiership year by winning Royals’ league fairest and best.
Heil previously played with Narrogin Hawks before making the move to the Lions this season, helping them win their first league flag since 2011 with a polished display across half-back and through the midfield.
The first-year Lion was the surprise packet of the Kleeman Medal count, coming third.
A consistent year saw Heil win the Lions’ fairest and best on 112 votes ahead of Corey Ward (100), Dave Parker (62), Hamish McMorran (50) and Steven Edwards (44).
Heil added to his collection, named best player of the finals, while Cam Allison won best team man and Brody Ogle was rookie of the year.
Parker received life membership for reaching 150 league games with the Lions.
Midfielder Jared Hayes won the Lions’ colts fairest and best in a premiership year, with Keanu Weeden (reserves) and Carson Flower (16s) also taking out the fairest and best in their respective grades.
Railways held their presentation night on September 27 when Kleeman medallist Logan Stubber won his first league fairest and best award for the Tigers.
Stubber enjoyed a breakout season playing through the midfield.
His regular pushes forward to hit the scoreboard were a stand-out feature of his game, winning with 193 votes ahead of Craig Frost (165), Mitch Green (113), Kane Shephard (103) and Bodhi Stubber (78).
New recruit Shephard was named most consistent, Green was best player in finals, Jack Steel received the coaches’ award, and Liam Park was best under-21 player.
Captain Bodhi Stubber took home best team player along with the prestigious George Stephens Medal for a second time for outstanding service to the club.
After helping the reserves win back-to-back flags, Hayden Smart won fairest and best, Henrick Alforque backed up his Rod Gillies Medal to win the colts fairest and best, and Toby Hall won back-to-back under-16s fairest and best gongs for the Tigers. Long-time servant Jen Whittle received life membership for her outstanding services to the Tigers.
Veteran Sam Lehmann was awarded Mt Barker’s fairest and best on Friday night.
Lehmann, who was fancied to win his second Kleemann Medal before finishing fourth after a brilliant season on the wing, won on 219 votes ahead of Jesse Wynne (157), Daniel Henderson (85), Brett Parsons (81) and Adam Tissott (75).
Jack Horrocks won best team man, Lee Pavlovich was most consistent, Mitch Ballard won most improved, David Stone and Luke Hammond shared the coaches’ award, Parsons was best under 21, and Henderson was best player in finals. Justin Parsons (reserves), Jye Williss (colts) and Tristan Ballard (16s) won the fairest and best awards in the minor grades.
Returning premiership-winning midfielder Nathan Crudeli blew his teammates away to win his first Sutton Medal as North Albany’s league fairest and best, defeating ruckman Stuart Parker by 52 votes.
Crudeli was ultra-consistent in his return year after being away in England last year for cricket to poll 120 votes and be a runaway winner from Parker (68), while Jacob Hobbs (67), Regan Lloyd (66) and Matt Orzel (56) filled the top five.
Hobbs was named most valuable player, Talon Delacey won the Cameron family best first year player gong, the Liddard-Guy memorial award for best team man was awarded to Lloyd, and Angus Mckercher received the coaches’ award.
Fairest and best in the minor grades were Grant Freeborough (reserves), Lachlan Hanson (colts) and Heath Ravenhill (16s).
Big-bodied midfielder Tyler Stone won Denmark-Walpole’s league fairest and best.
Stone, who won the coaches’ player of the year award, was a stand-out for the Magpies constantly racking up possessions and managing to push forward to kick goals.
Stone (113) won from Alec Haskins (81), Ethan Burton (64), Harrison Lill (52) and Jared Lane (47).
Luke Hutcheson won best clubman while Cody Kerr won the coaches’ award.
In the minor grades, Ryan Baker (colts), Locke Rowland (16s) and Jono Woods (reserves) won the fairest and best for the Magpies.
On September 21, recruit Coen Marwick won the Sharks’ league fairest and best in his first season with the club.
Marwick (98) prevailed over last year’s winner Bryce Blaszkow (75), with Jack Banks (60), Robbie Lee (54) and Mitch Jackson (49) rounding out the top five.
Lee was awarded best forward, while Dylan Gowdie was recognised as best defender.
Jackson took out the coaches’ award, while Fraser Eaton won the league coaches’ player award, with Rick Wallis runner-up.
Tristan Loo and Jordan Tindale shared the reserves fairest and best while Flynn Cristinelli (colts) and Max Baker (16s) were the fairest and best winners for the other minor grades.
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