Player awarded top ti­tle

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

The Nar­ro­gin Hawks Foot­ball Clubs C-grade premier­ship in Bod­ding­ton this month was made all the more sweeter as ris­ing star Malachi Bolton was awarded with the com­pe­ti­tion’s top ti­tle.

Bolton took home the B Becham Medal for best and fairest player in the 2018 sea­son. He was also awarded with the South Fre­man­tle award for his con­tri­bu­tion in the Hawks’ 35-point win over Bod­ding­ton.

Not only did Bolton stand out in the 2018 sea­son for the Hawks’ C-grade side, he rep­re­sented the UGSFL dur­ing the Great South­ern Colts car­ni­val in Kulin ear­lier this year.

He also de­buted for the Hawks’ league side as a 15-year-old, dou­bling up ev­ery match day of the sea­son, af­ter ful­fill­ing his du­ties in C-grade each week.

League coach Blair For­rest said he be­lieved Bolton had the abil­ity to take his foot­ball to the high­est level.

“I had him in a mid­field ro­ta­tion in a semi­fi­nal, he stands up time and time again. The kid’s got a mas­sive abil­ity and great work rate,” he said.

“As long as he can keep his head switched on, which I’m cer­tain he will, the fu­ture is any­thing for him.”

C-grade coach Jor­dan Heil­said Bolton was a leader on and off the field.

“He’s been out­stand­ing all year, the boys voted him in as cap­tain at the start of the year, ev­ery­one backed him for a mas­sive sea­son and that’s ex­actly what he did,” he said.

“I said to him ‘you got keep your eyes open fur­ther than Nar­ro­gin, the next three years of your life will set you up for AFL foot­ball’.”

Pic­ture: Barry Corke

Malachi Bolton dur­ing a league match in Wick­epin this year.

Pic­ture: Sarah Munns

Malachi Bolton and Dar­ryl An­der­son be­fore their C-grade grand fi­nal.

Pic­ture: Karen Fazey

Jor­dan Heil and Malchi Bolton.

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