Wanderers top tally of honours
Kade Stewart’s return to country footy was capped off with the Upper Great Southern Football League’s highest individual honour, the Leo Graham Medal, on Monday night.
Returning to his original club Katanning Wanderers after being delisted by Hawthorn last season after seven games in two years, Stewart’s 27 votes was enough to edge out Williams star Simon Panizza (21), last year’s winner Nathan Bravington (20) and Boddington’s Jye Depane (20).
Monday night’s vote count at Kukerin Dumbleyung Football Club saw Stewart also recognised with the Radio Great Southern Big K Promotion footballer of the year award, finishing on 26 votes.
In the reserves vote count, Katanning’s Coen Marwick was awarded the Life Member’s Medal on 15 votes ahead of Wagin’s Brodie Wallam (14), Kukerin Dumbleyung duo Nathan Ditchburn and Adam Gray (12) and Brookton Pingelly’s Tyrone Bowen Zoccoli (12).
Katanning sharpshooter Braden Crosby was awarded the Ross Ditchburn Trophy as the league’s leading goal kicker with 68, while Katanning’s James Barritt (32 goals) won the Michael Kain Trophy for top reserves goal kicker.
The dominant night for the Wanderers continued when they received the Don Anderson Memorial Shield for champion club while club stalwart Ken Quartermaine won the WACFL Volunteer of the Year Award.
Wagin’s Maurie Becker received the UGSFL Max Chivell Award for volunteer of the year while Kuke- rin Dumbleyung was recognised as the best administered club, receiving the Lorraine Pillage Memorial Award.
Two life memberships were presented to former league president Michael Kain and Kukerin Dumbleyung’s Graeme Taylor for many years of outstanding service.
Katanning take on Boddington in the second semifinal at Williams this Sunday.
Katanning's Kade Stewart looks for options.
Kade Stewart with the Leo Graham Medal.