Cats cap­tain’s first Fin­ley B&F

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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).

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