Mountford pipped for Claremont’s fairest and best

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Railways junior Jye Clark received Claremont colts encouragement award.
Camera IconRailways junior Jye Clark received Claremont colts encouragement award. Credit: Richard Poulish

Former North Melbourne player and North Albany product Declan Mountford finished second in Claremont’s league fairest and best awards on Friday night after a stellar season with the Tigers.

Mountford returned to his former WAFL club Claremont after being delisted by North Melbourne at the end of last season having played 12 games with the Roos.

Mountford averaged 22 disposals, four marks and eight tackles per game this season playing in the midfield alongside dual Sandover medallist Jye Bolton.

Former Port Adelaide midfielder and 2012 Sandover medallist Kane Mitchell edged out Mountford in the vote count.

The North Albany junior also received the Player’s Player award, voted on by his teammates.

Ex-Mt Barker ruckman Jordan Reid had a strong season in the reserves to finish third in Claremont’s fairest and best. Reid averaged 13 possessions, three marks, three tackles and 22 hit-outs for the Tigers.

Declan Mountford came second in Claremont's league fairest and best.
Camera IconDeclan Mountford came second in Claremont's league fairest and best. Credit: The Sunday Times, Jackson Flindell The Sunday Times

Denmark-Walpole junior Jesse Laurie received the reserves Player’s Player award.

Railways product Jye Clark won the colts encouragement award after playing an important role in the Tigers success this year. He also finished fourth in the Jack Clarke Medal count for the best WAFL colts player and was named on the interchange of the Simply Energy WAFL Colt’s Team of the Year.

Clark was a regular in the Tigers’ best averaging 23 touches and more than three marks and tackles a game.

In the AFL, North Albany product Jeremy McGovern had another outstanding year to finish sixth in the John Worsfold Medal on Friday night.

North Albany product Jeremy McGovern came sixth in Eagles fairest and best. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)
Camera IconNorth Albany product Jeremy McGovern came sixth in Eagles fairest and best. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos) Credit: AFL Photos

McGovern received his fourth straight all Australian jacket after a superb 2019 season ranking second for intercept marks and first for intercept possessions.

McGovern polled 198 votes to finish behind two-time winner Luke Shuey on 258 votes.

Lake Grace-Pingrup star Nat Fyfe followed up his second Brownlow Medal with his third Doig Medal at Fremantle’s fairest and best count last Friday night.

It was Fyfe’s first Doig Medal after going back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. He joins Peter Bell as a three-time winner.

He was also recognised by his teammates on the night as the winner of the Players’ Award.

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