Butts takes out Pearce Medal

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies -

Tungamah’s Bodhi Butts started off grand fi­nal week with a win, tak­ing out the Pi­cola South East Best and Fairest on Mon­day night.

Butts won the Pearce Medal with a to­tal of 22 votes af­ter polling con­sis­tently through­out the sea­son.

Tungamah Coach Jeremy O’Brien ac­cepted the award on Butts’ be­half, telling the au­di­ence his star mid­fielder was likely at home on­line gam­ing.

He said the play­ing group jok­ingly re­ferred to Butts as the ‘brides­maid’ af­ter he came se­cond in the league medal in 2015 and he “has a habit of com­ing se­cond a lot”.

“He’ll be glad he’s fi­nally won one,” O’Brien said.

Butts fin­ished five votes clear of the run­ner-up Si­mon Rus­sell from Shep­par­ton East.

Ren­nie’s Jar­ryd Foun­tain placed fifth, Tungamah’s Jeremy O’Brien sixth and Matt Pen­der­gast from Ren­nie rounded out the top eight.

Butts has been cru­cial for the Bears in his re­turn sea­son with the club.

“Bodhi played at Tungamah for a few years then last year went to Yarra to try his hand at the Ovens and Mur­ray be­fore com­ing back to Tungamah where I think he is just more com­fort­able,” O’Brien said.

“He would with­out doubt be in our top two or three play­ers ev­ery week, he’s in­cred­i­bly con­sis­tent.

“Bodhi isn’t re­ally a player that needs to be coached. He just goes out there week af­ter week and does his job.”

Tungamah also en­joyed suc­cess in the re­serves count with Alan Richard­son tak­ing out the Best and Fairest medal.

Both Ren­nie and Tungamah were named Champion Clubs of the sea­son and Jeremy O’Brien ac­cepted the award for Se­nior Coach of the Year.

Pearce Medal win­ner Bodhi Butts will hope his win­ning ways con­tinue in the grand fi­nal against Ren­nie on Satur­day.

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