Even spread at Juniors Best & Fairest Night
Three players from three different clubs took out the top award at the Best & Fairest Night in the Under 12s, 14s and 16s.
Sam Taylor kicked things off by winning the umpires' nod in the Under 12s. Taylor won his second B&F award in the age group by six votes to impressive Bellingen/Nambucca player, Jonty Neaves. Swan, Tyrone Jones won the Rising Star award.
Damien Attwood capped off a strong season by taking out the Under 14's Best and Fairest on 25 votes. He was again six votes clear of Sawtell ruckman, Cruz Hastings. Kane Latham from the Kangaroos was the Rising Star.
Jack Campbell, after being awarded Best on Ground in last week's Grand Final, was the deserved victor in the Under 16s. In his second full year of AFL, Campbell won the gong ahead of courageous Saints' centre-half back, Lucas Nicholls. Brendan Norton rounded out the trifecta, with Mid North Coast captain, Brayden Kennedy taking home the Rising Star.
Other awards of note included:
- Volunteer of the Year- Adrienne Gillingham (Sawtell)
- Coach of the Year- Mark Close (North Coffs)
- Rookie Coach of the Year- Wayne Neaves (Bellingen/Nambucca)
- Umpires' Golden Whistle- Ben Miller
The night also recognised Greg Robson for his outstanding contribution to local AFL. Greg was given Life Membership in what is his final year in the Junior Association. Extending on his many years as League Registar, he has been instrumental in developing the new AFL North Coast Constitution and subsequently the AFL North Coast Board, which will sure up the future of the code in the area.