Footy’s finest step out for medal count

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Cameron New­bold

The Great South­ern Foot­ball League held its night of nights at Cen­ten­nial Park last Thurs­day for the Klee­mann Medal.

It was the first time the award was held at the new home of foot­ball in Al­bany.

Rail­ways’ Zane Mar­wick won the pres­ti­gious award.

Bril­liant Rail­ways mid­fielder Zane Mar­wick has made his­tory, win­ning his sec­ond Klee­mann Medal last Thurs­day night af­ter polling 21 votes to be­come the 10th player in his­tory to win the Great South­ern Foot­ball League’s high­est in­di­vid­ual hon­our on more than one oc­ca­sion.

Recognised as one of the favourites head­ing in, Mar­wick had a strong start in the 59th edi­tion of the HB Klee­mann Medal, held at Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium, and polled in eight of the 15 games to hold off a fast-fin­ish­ing Jack McPhee from North Al­bany by four votes.

Mar­wick led by one vote af­ter five rounds be­fore he quickly raced to 16 at the com­ple­tion of round 10 af­ter best-afield per­for­mances against Den­mark-Walpole and Al­bany in rounds 8 and 9.

With five games re­main­ing, Mar­wick led Roy­als’ Dave Parker by four votes, with McPhee fur­ther be­hind on eight, and his lead was trimmed to two when Parker picked up two votes in round 11.

McPhee stormed home as he polled three votes in three of the last five games, but Mar­wick col­lected three votes in round 13 and an­other two in the fi­nal home-an­d­away game of the sea­son to win the medal for a sec­ond time.

The 23-year-old is the first player since Brett Hall to win dual Klee­mann medals and only the sec­ond Tigers player in his­tory to achieve the feat af­ter Bob Whal­ley won the award in 1970 and 1972.

“I am ex­tremely proud to join that list of (dual) win­ners,” Mar­wick said.

“At round 11 when Jack polled three and ev­ery­one knew he was com­ing home strong I started to get ner­vous but I guess I had a con­sis­tent enough sea­son to win it.

“This is some­thing you’ll look back on once you fin­ish footy.

“Right now it’s just hap­pi­ness for the other peo­ple that have sup­ported me and been around me in the tough times and helped me to get back to where I am now.

“The footy club has been tremen­dous for me. I am for­ever in­debted to them and this is some­thing the whole club can en­joy.”

McPhee polled five best-on­ground per­for­mances to fin­ish run­ner-up on 14 votes while 2014 win­ner Parker missed two matches but polled in six games to fill third place on 14.

North Al­bany’s Matt Orzel (12 votes), Roy­als’ Henry Hodge and Tigers’ Matt Van Schayk (11) and Mt Barker’s Corey Byrne (10) were the other play­ers to fin­ish in dou­ble fig­ures. Mar­wick capped a stel­lar night by also win­ning the $250 Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser foot­baller of the year ti­tle, spon­sored by Welling­ton and Reeves, de­feat­ing McPhee by five votes and the Tigers’ ball win­ner also claimed the coaches’ player of the year af­ter beat­ing McPhee by seven votes.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Jim Hull and his grand­daugh­ter Kassie Hull.

Kim May­field, Jo Bur­ton and Scott Sedg­wick.

Jess and Gra­ham Ross.

Michael Cramer and Bodhi Stub­ber.

Dave Flick and Barry Panizza.

Jack and Brody Hickey.

Peter Braim­bridge, Jono Woods and Har­ley Coyne.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Rail­ways mid­fielder Zane Mar­wick af­ter win­ning his sec­ond Klee­mann Medal last Thurs­day.

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