Smith snags his first Les Ganzer Medal

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Lake Grace-Pingrup's Regan Smith won the Les Ganzer Medal last week.
Camera IconLake Grace-Pingrup's Regan Smith won the Les Ganzer Medal last week. Credit: Richard Poulish

Outstanding midfielder Regan Smith has been rewarded for his stellar season, winning the prestigious Les Ganzer Medal as the fairest and best player in the Ongerup Football Association league competition last week.

The Lake Grace-Pingrup star played in all 12 games of the regular season and was a dominant force through the middle of the ground, also kicking 20 goals.

The 22-year-old polled 18 votes to claim his first Ganzer Medal, finishing four votes clear of Boxwood Hill gun Matt Campbell (14 votes) in last Wednesday night’s count.

Boxwood Hill ball magnet Isaac Baum and Gnowangerup youngster James Dewar were next with 13 votes followed by Boxwood’s Tom Bertola (11), Gnowangerup’s Scott Anderson (8) and Newdegate’s Arron Russell (8).

Russell was acknowledged as the leading goal kicker at league level with 46 goals in 12 games.

The Kelly O’Neill Trophy for the best player in the reserves competition was won by Gnowangerup’s Shaun Hodgson with 12 votes.

Hodgson beat Lake Grace-Pingrup’s Mitchell Thornton (10) and Boxwood’s Brett Plane (7).

Popular figure Ernie Stutley received life membership of the OFA at the awards after his brilliant service to the association, highlighted by being the team manager for the league and colts representative sides for 28 years.

Gnowangerup’s Jack Scanlan, now team manager for the OFA league and colts, was the WACFL volunteer of the year, while Ian Norrish was recognised as umpire of the year.

Mitch O’Neill from Lake Grace-Pingrup was the rookie of the year.

Luke Bairstow won the OFA league fairest and best award from the Landmark Country Football Championships, with Smith and Jeremy Walker joint runners-up.

Will Cook won the OFA colts fairest and best award at the Great Southern Colts Carnival with O’Neill runner-up.

A merit certificate was awarded to long-time umpire Herbie Hart after he officiated his 1000th game.

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