Sec­ond Swan

Swan Dis­tricts vet­eran Tony Notte clinched his sec­ond Swan Medal at the club’s awards night at Man­doon Es­tate in Caver­sham.

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

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.

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