Best and fairests wind up year

Justin Fris and Sam GibbsSouth Western Times
Donnybrook’s Chris Atthowe was one of several big-name players to win a club best and fairest in 2018.
Camera IconDonnybrook’s Chris Atthowe was one of several big-name players to win a club best and fairest in 2018.

Remaining South West Football League best and fairest presentation evenings have been run and won, with several players and officials recognised for their commitment on and off the field.

At Brunswick Oval, Lions big man Mitch Andrews was crowned league best and fairest, with Brendan Stemp capping off his memorable year with the reserves best and fairest – which he will no doubt put alongside his Don Punch trophy for the best-afield performance against Eaton Boomers in the grand final.

Brittany Gliddon completed the evening with back-to-back women’s best and fairest triumphs.

Lions president Jamie Fry said applications were being received for all coaching positions with the club hopeful of confirming all appointments by the end of the month.

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At the Harvey Football Club, the top honour went to ruckman Michael Robinson, who shone for the Bulls despite a lean year of results at league level.

Things were far rosier on-field for the Bulls’ women’s team, who made the grand final and narrowly lost to a barnstorming Bunbury who have only lost one game in two years – ironically to the Bulls in round one, 2017.

In a team full of talent, best and fairest honours went to skipper Rebecca Fry, while husband and wife Jo and Scott Chatley shared “best clubman” honours.

At Sir Stewart Bovell Park in Busselton, Mitchell Tenardi received the Brendan Fitzgerald Medal for being adjudged top Magpie, while Jackson Arbon finishing as a close runner up.

Angela Williamson was a clear winner in the women’s best and fairest race, finishing 33 votes clear of Isabella Hancock.

At VC Mitchell Park, the Dons faithful had further reasons to celebrate in light of their watershed grand final win over the Bulldogs.

Ball magnet Chris Atthowe scooped the pool with both the Keith Bedford Medal and club fairest and best awards, with Jace Cormack runner-up.

The crowd also warmly received Belinda Walker, who won back-to-back club volunteer of the year awards.

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