Hawks’ Al­li­son claims top honour

Great Southern Herald - - Sport -

Cam Al­li­son of the Nar­ro­gin Hawks has come away with the Up­per Great South­ern Football League’s top honour af­ter claim­ing the 2017 Leo Gra­ham Medal.

Al­li­son tied with Wil­liams player Nathan Brav­ing­ton af­ter they both fin­ished the count with 18 votes.

Al­li­son started the night slowly but af­ter 12 rounds found him­self one vote clear from Katan­ning’s Tim Ste­wart on top of the leader board.

In the fi­nal round when Brav­ing­ton polled three votes, Al­li­son had to match those votes in a game where the Hawks lost to Wick­epin by two points. He did just that and be­came Nar­ro­gin’s first Leo Gra­ham medal­list since 2006.

Al­li­son said he was hon­oured to re­ceive the award. “I re­ally want to thank my friends, fam­ily and team­mates,” he said. “Es­pe­cially my cap­tain Per­rin Quar­ter­maine, coach Blair For­rest and club pres­i­dent Mike McMil­lan.”

Al­li­son’s cap­tain said he had al­ways had a strong work ethic both on and off the field.

“He sets the stan­dard at train­ing and this year has set the stan­dard on-field with an amaz­ing sea­son,” Quar­ter­maine said.

“A tough in-and-un­der player, he is re­spected not only by his team­mates, but also op­po­si­tion play­ers.”

For­rest said he had pro­duced an out­stand­ing sea­son with con­sis­tent per­for­mances through­out the en­tire year.

“I love play­ing along­side him as you know he will give 100 per cent at ev­ery con­test and he is al­ways look­ing to im­prove him­self from week to week,” he said.

Nar­ro­gin Hawks also came away with two other awards — Ralph Kick­ett tied for goal kicker of the year with Katan­ning’s Mitchell Banks on 66 goals, and Peter For­rest was named WACFL Vol­un­teer of the Year.

Blair For­rest ac­cepted Cam Al­li­son's medal be­cause he couldn’t at­tend the cer­e­mony.

Pic­tures: Laura Gru­bisa

Nathan Brav­ing­ton was a joint win­ner of the UGSFL 2017 Leo Gra­ham Medal.

Peter For­rest won the WACFL Vol­un­teer of the Year award.

Leo Gra­ham Medal win­ner Cam Al­li­son.

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