Mar­shall bros claim Best and Fairests

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Chris Mar­shall was re­cently awarded the Jer­ilderie Se­niors’ Best and Fairest Award.

Mar­shall polled 84 votes with James Gil­li­gan named runner up with 46 votes.

It was a dou­ble for the Mar­shall fam­ily, with Chris’ younger brother Stephen tak­ing out the re­serves Best and Fairest count.

Stephen polled 38 votes to run away with the win, with Lach­lan Wat­son fin­ish­ing a close sec­ond with 31 votes.

Chris said it was un­real to win be­side his brother.

‘‘It was his first win so it was pretty special,’’ he said.

‘‘It feels good to win (a Best and Fairest), though a shame we only won four games, but that’s footy.

‘‘I’m proud to win the award and I’m look­ing for­ward to the tal­ent that will boost the se­nior side in the next few years.

‘‘I have a great group of play­ers around me and some ex­cit­ing tal­ent com­ing up through the thirds.

‘‘The thirds didn’t lose a game all sea­son so hav­ing these play­ers is some­thing to look for­ward to,’’ Mar­shall said.

This is the fourth time the se­niors’ cap­tain was awarded the Best and Fairest with his last one com­ing in 2012.

Mar­shall not only took away best and fairest on the night but was also awarded life mem­ber­ship along side Peter Keat­ing to add to his 200 game mile­stone from ear­lier this year.

‘‘It was good to play my 200th against Berrigan; un­for­tu­nately we lost by a point but it was still a great day.

‘‘To re­ceive life mem­ber­ship is un­be­liev­able and to do it along­side the new hall of fame in­ductees is pretty special.’’

Other se­niors re­sults in­cluded Most Im­proved Dy­lan Henry, Most Coura­geous James McRae, Coach’s Award Brad Parker, and Lead­ing Goal Kicker Aaron Pur­cell (33 goals).

Out­go­ing Jer­ilderie se­nior coach Josh Hil­lary was im­pressed with the ef­forts of his best and fairest win­ner.

‘‘I couldn’t speak more highly of how Chris (Mar­shall) goes about his footy,’’ he said.

‘‘He’s had a su­per con­sis­tent year once again and was a cru­cial part of our mid­field.

‘‘James Gil­li­gan was a huge pick up for us this sea­son and the ver­sa­til­ity he showed each week was im­pres­sive.

‘‘Shaun Bryce only played six games and polled quite heav­ily.

‘‘If we had a full sea­son out of him then he prob­a­bly would’ve won and we might have had a few more re­sults go our way.’’

Re­serves re­sults in­cluded the fol­low­ing: Most Im­proved Jordy Hawkins, Most De­ter­mined Cameron Arnold and Lead­ing Goal Kicker Ned Beasley (11 goals).

Jor­dan Jef­frey was awarded the best un­der 21 player.

At the ju­nior best and fairest award night, Mitch A’Vard won the thirds best and fairest and Zan­der Nash won the fourths.

Re­serves Best and Fairest win­ner Stephen Mar­shall (left) and his older brother Chris who took out the Se­niors Best and Fairest count.

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