Wil­liam wins Bull­dogs’ b&f

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Si­mon Rup­pert

Be­nalla’s Wil­liam Stick­land was crowned the Best and Fairest player for the Be­nalla Bull­dogs un­der-14s this year, pick­ing up his tro­phy at a re­cent awards night.

While in top form for the Bull­dogs this sea­son, Wil­liam was also called up through­out the year to play for the Un­der-16 team.

Ac­cord­ing to his dad Ray, the award came as no shock.

‘‘He was very ex­cited, but at the same time we had a fair idea he was go­ing to do it as he had a rip­per of a year,’’ Ray said. ‘‘Ev­ery­one told us he had it in the bag.’’ The young footy star also polled well in the league Best and Fairest, walk­ing away with 14 votes.

Wil­liam has big plans for his footy fu­ture, and said he hopes to one day be drafted to play for Essendon in the AFL.

‘‘A lot of lo­cal peo­ple are play­ing AFL now. It’s nice to turn on the TV and see a lo­cal bloke play­ing for one of the big teams,’’ Ray said.

Wil­liam will be back with the Bull­dogs next sea­son and will be do­ing his best to take out Best and Fairest for a sec­ond year.

Top sea­son: Un­der-14 Be­nalla Bull­dogs Best and Fairest win­ner Wil­liam Stick­land with coach Jack Gall.

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