Cats captain’s first Finley B&F
Finley captain Lachy Small claimed his first best and fairest with the Cats at the club’s vote count on Friday night.
The star onballer polled 54 votes to edge out Levi Middleton (50) for the top honour, with Tim McKenzie coming in third on 47.
Small, who also represented the Murray League this season, said he didn’t change his playing style this year, putting the best and fairest win down to a strong pre-season training schedule.
‘‘I was lucky to have a good pre-season and carried that into the season,’’ he said.
‘‘I wasn’t expecting it, I thought going into the night that Levi, Tim or Paul (Massingham) were all in with decent shots at winning.’’
Despite the senior side being knocked out of the Murray League finals in straight sets, Small said there were plenty of positives to take away from the season.
‘‘We were being flogged by 200 points every week last year, so to have the turnaround we did is very positive.
‘‘You wouldn’t expect a lot of players to stay around after the year we had in 2017, but pretty much all of them stuck together and we pulled back former players and recruited at least three new guys.
‘‘To have a really strong start to the season was important; we lost a few in the middle but it was really good to win the last nine or 10 games of the year.
‘‘We should keep most of those players who contributed this season but that’s a decision for them to make.’’
Earlier in the presentation evening, Steve Parr was the runaway winner in the reserves best and fairest.
Last Wednesday night, Luke Bramley won the club’s thirds best and fairest with Taylor Kleinschmidt coming in second.
Shadeau Brain won for the fourths’ best and fairest with Robbie Hamann runner-up.
■ More details and photos from the club’s netball and junior presentations in next week’s edition of the SRN.
Finley fourths trophy winners (back, from left) Robbie Hamann (runner-up Best and Fairest), Tom Loomes (Lucas McCaw Memorial Most Courageous), Liam Rafferty (Coach’s Award), and Shadeau Brain (Best and Fairest); (front) Eli Sutton (Most Improved), Zye Treadway (Best Team Man), Jacob Armer (Rising Star) and Jack Hay (Best First Year Player).