Footy scribes say Dees’ Koric league’s best
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.”
Rovers utility Jamie Koric.