By Sam Watson

POOWONG young gun Alex Henshall has won the Ellinbank District and Football League’s under 18.5s best and fairest after a dominant year in black and white.

He finished on 22 votes from just nine games, finishing well in front of his nearest competitor on 15 votes.

Twenty-two votes in a regular season is a tremendous effort, let alone a severely shortened one.

His final tally meant he averaged 2.44 votes per game.

From the first game it was clear Henshall was in for a big year, kicking three goals and getting in the best players in their big win over Lang Lang.

He would go on to play eight more games in the thirds, getting in the best in every game.

He also kicked at least one goal in every game, except for their loss to Ellinbank, where he was named first in the best players once again.

He finished with 20 goals for the year, and those goals combined with his ability to rack up dozens of disposals clearly helped him make his case as one of the most dominant players in the league.

Unfortunately, his superb play only resulted in four wins for the Magpies, but they were competitive in most games.

His stellar form saw him play three senior games in 2021, but albeit understandably, he couldn’t quite capture the same form with the big boys.

However, he and the rest of the team at Poowong will be expecting him to come into his own in senior football next year.

And it’s clear to see it won’t be too long until he starts dominating the seniors like he has in the under 18.5s.