Swan Districts veteran Tony Notte clinched his second Swan Medal at the club’s awards night at Mandoon Estate in Caversham.
SWAN Districts co-captain Tony Notte won his second Swan Medal in five years in an “unexpected” run to the finish line at the medal count at Mandoon Estate on October 5.
The defender notched 97 votes ahead of fellow defender Tobe Watson (84) and last year’s winner Corey Gault (81).
Notte (28), who previously won the best and fairest in 2013, played 18 games this season, averaged 13.8 disposals a game and kicked 10 goals.
He was part of the WA team that broke a 24-year drought in winning the interstate carnival against South Australia in May.
He has played 218 games since making his WAFL debut in 2008, while playing two games for the West Coast Eagles after getting drafted at pick 20 in the 2007 AFL national draft.
The Herne Hill resident said he did not go to the Caversham winery with the medal in his sights.
“Obviously, the venue change from being at the club was really good for the girls to get really dressed up,” he said. “
I think everyone enjoyed it as well and I think Mandoon is obviously pretty high-class.
“I thought someone else would have… like from last year ‘Gaulty’ (Corey Gault) and a couple of other boys would be really close to take it out. I was just going into the night and having a really good time.
“Obviously, it is a big honour to take them out both times.”
With Swans finishing eighth on the WAFL ladder despite a strong start to the season and being two wins away from a finals berth, Notte said if the young reserves players continued their strong form in the seniors and more talent was brought into the side, 2019 could hold more success.
The squad will return for pre-season in five weeks.
Reserves best and fairest Freddie Clutterbuck, Swan medallist Tony Notte and colts best and fairest Mitchell Bain.