WAFL: Shane Hockey named top dog while Liam Anthony wins Sharks’ best


South Freo FC’s new recruit Shane Hockey.
South Freo FC’s new recruit Shane Hockey.

A NEW dog and an experienced Shark won their respective club’s highest honours on Friday night.

At the South Fremantle Football Club, new recruit Shane Hockey was named the WJ Hughes Medal winner, capping off an impressive first season for the Bulldogs.

In his first season after moving from the VFL, Hockey polled 139 votes to win the best and fairest award, beating teammates Marlion Pickett on 141, Steve Verrier on 128 and Tim Kelly on 125.

Jake Florenca won the Roy McGuinness Medal as the fairest and best reserves player, while Daniel Burke was awarded the Dave Ingraham Memorial Medal for the colts.

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At East Fremantle Football Club, former AFL player Liam Anthony pipped George Hampson in the final round to take home the Lynn Medal.

The club’s vice-captain, who also came fourth in the Sandover Medal count, polled just four votes more than Hampson, who missed four games through injury.

Cameron Eardley finished third in the count. Reserves player Jesse Adamini, who impressed officials enough to earn seven league games during the season, won the Henry Jeffery Medal for the best development league player, while Matthew Burton received the Alan Trott medal for the best colts player.