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North Football Club best and fairest awards night

Friday, 14th September, 2018

Jayden Kelly accepts the North best and fairest award last Friday night. PICTURE: Still Memories Jayden Kelly accepts the North best and fairest award last Friday night. PICTURE: Still Memories

By Tyler Hannigan

Jayden Kelly has capped off another fantastic individual season by taking out North’s best and fairest award.

The win was Kelly’s sixth best and fairest for the Bulldogs and his second in a row. He finished ahead of skipper Codie Howard and fellow North stars Quinton Beavan and Eddie Morgan.

North FC renamed their awards after great past players and servants last season with their League best and fairest now known as the Ray Egan Medal.

Ray ‘Bubba’ Egan is a North and Broken Hill football great having won five Middleton (now Lionel Johnston) medals as A Grade’s best player. This record stood until Kelly won his sixth Lionel Johnston medal this season.

While it was another standout season individually for Kelly, premiership glory again eluded the Bulldogs as they fell to South in the grand final for the second year in a row and fourth time in five years.

As well as his third place in the Ray Egan medal, Beavan received the Bryce Zanon Memorial award for Most Courageous player. 

In the other awards, Craig Jones continued to defy his age by winning the Bryan Spangler Medal as reserves best and fairest following a standout year including a near best on ground performance in North’s losing grand final. Anthony Tidball finished runner-up.

North’s reserves took out the minor premiership, dropping just the three games, but were undone in the grand final, going down to South by 25 points.

Rebecca Deer won the Jessie Edwards Medal as best women’s player with Britt Tangey runner-up. 

Harry Trengove won the Solomon/Walker Medal, in front of Brock Elliott, as the Under 18s best and fairest.

Deer and Trengove also finished high in the AFL Broken Hill awards with Deer coming second to Central’s Hannah Muscat in the Jan Corey medal while Trengove was named joint best and fairest in the Under 18s competition alongside South’s Tyler McKenzie.

As well as the main awards, Jay and Lindy Robins were presented the Lance Wright Memorial award as the Best Volunteers.

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