HEATHCOTE and District Football League celebrated its finest on Wednesday night with a string of Leitchville-Gunbower’s seniors polling well in the Cheatley Medal count.
But not well enough to stop North Bendigo’s Jarrod Findlay from taking out the league’s best and fairest award.
Findlay polled 15 votes, the lowest winning total of votes since 2004 when Colbinabbin’s Damien Slater won the medal with the same amount.
Reigning medallist Ryan Semmel finished second one vote back, while Bombers’ pair Matthew Ladson and Matthew Perri finished equal third on 13 votes.
Matthew Pollock was another two votes back tied for seventh place.
Nine different Bombers polled a best-on-ground three votes, showing the depth of match-winning talent at the club.
In the Tom Morgan Medal for the reserves best and fairest, LG’s Hayden Harmer ran second in the count after an 80-goal season.
He polled 17 votes, not enough to trouble Huntly’s Taylor Smart who won with 30 votes.
LG’s Oliver O’Shea finished fifth with 11 votes in just 10 reserves games.
Jordan Formosa finished highest for Heathcote on seven votes.
Lockington-Bamawm United’s Will Presnell finished third in the Roulston Medal for under 17s, 10 votes behind winner Manny Thalasinos (North Bendigo).
Jye Formosa made the leaderboard on 11 votes to be nine places behind the leader.
In the A grade netball best and fairest, Colbinabbin’s Brydie Lawford capped off her side’s perfect home and away season with the award, winning with 31 votes.
LG playing-coach Jodie Lake finished on the podium, 12 votes back in third.
LBU pair Rebecca Eade and Paige Randall were both in the top six, with 18 and 15 votes.
Tanya O’Halloran polled the highest from Heathcote on 12 votes.
In the under 17s, LG’s Macey Brereton took home the best and fairest, polling 31 votes to beat Colbinabbin’s Mardi Ryan with 28.
Brereton has been in excellent form in the side’s 15-1 season, and has played A grade games through the season too.
Makenzie Brown from Heathcote under 15s finished fourth on the leaderboard having polled 19 votes, 21 votes behind winner Regan Sparkes from Elmore.