Barlow Cats’ best
Key forward Ed Barlow reversed this year’s Murray Football League best and fairest result to claim Finley Football Club’s top honour on Friday night.
Barlow polled 59 votes to finish ahead of Cats captain and this year’s O’Dwyer medallist Ned Morrison (47 votes) in the Finley best and fairest count.
It was onballer Morrison who claimed the O’Dwyer Medal with 25 votes from Barlow (23 votes) a little over a month ago.
Onballer Tim Mckenzie and Finley’s 2014 winner Jordan Daniel finished equal third in the Cats’ count.
But it was the former Sydney Swan who was the toast of the night, securing the Cats’ best and fairest with two games left to be counted.
‘‘This has by far been my most enjoyable year of footy,’’ Barlow said after accepting the award.
‘‘I would like to give a special mention to Ned (Morrison) and all of my teammates as well. Without all of you I wouldn’t have enjoyed my year as much and I definitely wouldn’t have won this honour.’’
It wasn’t the only award for Barlow on the night with the midfielder / key forward winning the leading goalkicking trophy with 49 goals in his first year at the club.
‘‘It’s been a really impressive year by Ed considering we played him out of position really,’’ Finley coach Rob Daniel said.
‘‘We were forced to play him forward and he made himself a presence there.
‘‘It was really good to see him win it and you could tell he was genuinely happy to win it.
‘‘He was awesome this year, and without him we may not have made it as far as we did.’’
In other senior football awards, Jordan Daniel was named most consistent and Cameron Robertson most courageous.
Midfielders Shaun Kable and Lachy Small were awarded the most improved and coach’s award respectively.
It was a successful year for the Finley seniors, who claimed the minor premiership before being beaten by Nathalia in a thrilling Murray League grand final.
In the reserves, club veteran Doug McLean was a popular best and fairest winner. Runner-up was Nathan McLelland.