SALE’S Shannen Lange has won the Trood Award and Rodda Medal for the Gippsland League senior football league best and fairest, but it wasn’t without a challenge from some local stars.
After a dominant year in the Magpies’ midfield Lange topped the count on 14 votes, but Leongatha’s Tom Marriott, who won the 2018 league best and fairest, was only two votes behind in second.
Warragul ruckman Sam Whibley joined Marriott on 12 votes and Marriott’s teammate Aaron Heppell wasn’t far off the mark, finishing on 11 votes.
Also finishing on 11 votes was Jarryd and Jack Blair after dominant years in Wonthaggi’s midfield.
Jack won the Trood Award and Rodda Medal in a three-way tie in 2017 and it was no surprise to see him in contention again in 2021.
And it also wasn’t a surprise to see his older brother Jarryd poll well, with the Wonthaggi coach acclimatising back to Gippsland football very nicely this season.
Leongatha ruckman Ben Willis finished equal eighth on 10 votes alongside Moe’s Kristian Jaksch and Traralgon’s Matthew Northe.
Sale Football Netball Club would have almost become accustomed to senior football league best and fairest wins in recent years, with Lange joining 2019 winner Jack Lipman and 2017 co-winner Kane Martin on the honour board.
Maffra’s Benjamin Batalha won the Hartley Medal for the reserves league best and fairest on 11 votes, with the closest local being Leongatha’s Lachie Wright in equal-sixth on seven votes.
In an almighty feat, Wonthaggi’s Harry Dawson finished equal ninth on six votes, getting the maximum number of votes in the two reserves games he played.
The full results can be found on the Gippsland League’s Facebook page or their YouTube channel.