‘Percy’ pipped at post

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By Ali­son O’Con­nor

Nagam­bie’s Michael Roberts — or ‘‘Percy’’ as he is al­most uni­ver­sally known — fin­ished run­nerup in Thurs­day’s McNa­mara Medal count, just pipped at the post by fast-fin­ish­ing Vi­o­let Town mid­fielder Sam Poole.

Avenel duo Michael Mor­gan and Don Stir­ling fin­ished third and fourth, re­spec­tively.

What makes Roberts’ plac­ing even more re­mark­able is he only played 11 games for the sea­son, yet still polled 23 votes to fin­ish just two votes be­hind Poole.

Roberts notched up votes in eight of his 11 games, and seven of those were best-on-ground ef­forts.

Roberts led Poole by five votes with five rounds to go, but Poole surged home to poll nine out a pos­si­ble 12 votes in the fi­nal five rounds (Vi­o­let Town had a bye for one of the games) to claim the win.

On the other hand, Roberts only played two of the fi­nal five rounds — he was in­jured for two games, and the Lak­ers played Ard­mona in an­other round, which does not have a se­nior side.

He polled three votes in one of the games, and did not poll in the other.

Avenel play­ing coach Stir­ling was an­other fast fin­isher, notch­ing up votes in all of the Swans’ games in the last five rounds to fin­ish on 17 votes, while Mor­gan polled steadily through­out the count to fin­ish on 18.

Brides­maid: Nagam­bie’s Michael Roberts came runner-up in the McNa­mara Medal vote count on Thurs­day night.

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