Who will win the Hayward Medal?

Headshot of Mitchell Woodcock
Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Email Mitchell Woodcock

More than a dozen players are in line to walk away with the South West Football League’s biggest individual prize, the Hayward Medal.

There is no clear favourite heading into tomorrow night’s count at Quality Hotel Lighthouse, with a number of players having outstanding seasons.

Collie Eagles midfielder Travis Cleggett was the early season favourite after starting the year in fine form, but teammates Corey Griggs, Kyle Shanahan and Joel Houghton have all been outstanding and the quartet could steal votes from each other.

Bunbury’s Jordan Falco is also a possible winner, but did not find his form until round eight, before going on to play a number of fantastic games until the end of the season.

Teammate Aidan Clarke was also a stand-out with his run and carry sure to catch the eye of the umpires, as will Bulldogs forward and former AFL speedster Brett Peake.

The dynamic runner not only kicked goals, but often moved into the midfield to have a significant impact on games.

Harvey Bulls recruit Brendon Jones is also a chance, with his skill and composure helping the Bulls to a number of wins.

The former Peel Thunder captain was outstanding in the midfield and across half-back for the Bulls and even in losing games, was among the best few players.

Teammate Dean Miller has been at his best and could be a surprise winner.

Eaton Boomers stalwart Chris Atthowe is expected to once again feature highly among the votes, with teammate and reigning medallist Jace Cormack missing much of the latter half of the season.

Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault teammates James Hawksley and Kristin Thornton were at their best when the Lions were leading the pack and could grab a number of votes early in the season.

There are also a number of dark horses in the count, with Donnybrook’s Kieran Hug, Augusta-Margaret River’s Jacob Payne, Busselton’s Jackson Arbon and South Bunbury’s Damon Bull all expected to poll well.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails