Patrick Newman, Will Charlton and Bodhi Fauser have been crowned as this year’s best and fairest winners for Port Lincoln Football League junior grades in 2018.
Under 13, 15 and 17 players, club officials and families gathered at Mallee Park Football Club on Wednesday evening for the annual award presentation for the league’s junior players.
In the under 17 count, Lincoln South’s Patrick Newman took the lead early after the first five rounds to sit on 10 votes, one ahead of Wayback’s Isaac Grima and two ahead of Mallee Park’s Waylon Miller.
With several best on ground performances Newman surged ahead in the next five rounds to lead by eight votes from Marble Range’s Kyle Castley.
Castley polled well in the final five rounds but Newman already had the award sealed, winning with 27 votes ahead of Castley on 22 and Grima on 19.
The under 15 count was close throughout, after five rounds Marble Range’s Thomas Bradford led on eight votes ahead of Wayback players Wilson McShane on six and Dannen Blacker on five.
The leaders changed after the next five rounds as Tasman’s Jaiden Jude led on 14 votes ahead of Marble Range’s Will Charlton on 13 and Blacker on 11.
With a strong finish to the season polling 11 votes, Charlton claimed the under 15 best and fairest, two votes ahead of Jude with Blacker third on 16.
The most dominant polling took place in the under 13 count with Boston’s Bodhi Fauser only having about three games where he did not gain votes.
Fauser ran away to win the under 13 best and fairest with 36 votes, 17 more than equal runners up Connor Madden from Lincoln South and Latrell Sumner from Marble Range.
Eco-Clean sponsored the Rising Star awards, which were won by Tasman’s Joshua Butterworth (under 13), Boston’s Jak Kennedy (under 15) and Gil Casanova (under 17).
Equal A grade leading goal kicker Johann Wagner presented leading goal kicker awards to Lincoln South’s Sebastian Henderson (under 13, 27 goals) and to Marble Range’s Arley Byass (under 15, 33) and Jett Boxer (under 17, 44).
For his accomplishment in coaching under 11s, including a win in the Wayne Evans Shield, Mallee Park’s Clifford Warrior won the Junior Coach of the Year, supported by Norwood and McDonald’s, and also received a $60 voucher from the Grand Tasman Hotel.