Basile in back-to-back Jamieson Medal wins

Melville Times - - Looklocal -

FRE­MAN­TLE CBC cap­tain Christo­pher Basile ce­mented his sta­tus as one the pre­mier play­ers in the WA Ama­teur Foot­ball League when he won a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive CJ Jamieson Medal.

The mid­fielder polled votes in eight rounds, in­clud­ing five be­ston-ground per­for­mances, to share the pres­ti­gious award with Univer­sity’s Hamish Mur­ray.

Basile’s ta­ble erupted into cheers when it was re­vealed the 30-year-old had picked up the three votes he needed to tie with Mur­ray in the very last game to be read out at the medal count ear­lier this month.

“You never re­ally know what the re­sult is go­ing to be go­ing into these sorts of nights but given that I won the year be­fore and felt I’d ac­tu­ally played a bit bet­ter and more con­sis­tently this sea­son, I thought I might be in with a chance,” Basile said.

“Go­ing into the last two rounds of the medal count there were a few peo­ple ahead of me but they just hap­pened not to poll any votes.

Basile has played on and off at Fre­man­tle CBC since 2005, leav­ing the club first for a two-year stint with East Fre­man­tle in the WAFL in 2008 and 2009 and then to play at South Bun­bury in 2011.

He fin­ished run­ner-up for the CJ Jamieson Medal play­ing for CBC in 2014 and 2015 be­fore fi­nally break­ing through to claim the cov­eted gong for the first time last year.

The Palmyra res­i­dent said an in­flux of tal­ented young­sters at the club had helped lift Fre­man­tle CBC to a sec­ond-place fin­ish on the lad­der.

“It’s been good, we’ve had a lot of younger guys come into team who have re­ally stepped up and their en­thu­si­asm has dragged us older guys along a bit too,” Basile said.

“Be­ing an older player makes you think about the game a lit­tle dif­fer­ently. You have to take on a bit more re­spon­si­bil­ity to take the game on and be a bit more of a leader.”

Fre­man­tle CBC cap­tain Christo­pher Basile with his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive CJ Jamieson Medal.

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