Footy scribes say Dees’ Koric league’s best

Geraldton Guardian - - Football Awards - Justin Fris

Rovers Foot­ball Club util­ity Jamie Koric was pre­sented with the 2017 Ger­ald­ton Guardian Foot­ball Writ­ers Award dur­ing Tues­day evening’s JJ Clune Medal pre­sen­ta­tion.

In a hotly con­tested com­pe­ti­tion judged by all writ­ers across the Guardian’s foot­ball cov­er­age, Koric nar­rowly edged out JJ Clune Medal run­ner-up Mitchell Boyle and Towns vet­eran Liam Car­lyon for the hon­our.

Koric, who joined the Demons from North Mid­lands Foot­ball League pow­er­house Min­genew this sea­son, added an­other level of po­tency through­out Erinn McCart­ney’s stacked mid­field corps.

In 2017, he played 17 games, and was reg­u­larly among his side’s bet­ter play­ers, which re­sulted in se­lec­tion for the GNFL at the Land­mark Coun­try Foot­ball Cham­pi­onships.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing his award, Koric said he en­joyed spend­ing time with his team­mates and learnt a lot un­der McCart­ney this sea­son.

“I’ve en­joyed com­ing up here,” he said. “A bit more of a chal­lenge. North Mid­lands was good — I’m from Min­genew and I loved play­ing for Min­genew but, yeah, I’ve en­joyed this year with Rovers; es­pe­cially un­der Ian (Comben, his for­mer Min­genew coach now an as­sis­tant with Rovers) and Erinn McCart­ney.

“I’ve known Erinn for a cou­ple of years now. I had a bit to do with Don­gara as well when I was down there (when McCart­ney coached the Ea­gles) .

“I knew he would be a good coach — I’d also seen him play and play­ing against him, I knew he’d be a good player-coach as well.

“I re­ally en­joyed play­ing next to him and un­der­neath him as well. It’s been real good.”

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Rovers util­ity Jamie Koric.

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