FREMANTLE CBC captain Christopher Basile cemented his status as one the premier players in the WA Amateur Football League when he claimed a second consecutive CJ Jamieson Medal on Saturday night.
The midfielder polled votes in eight rounds, including five best-on-ground performances, to share the prestigious award with University’s Hamish Murray.
Basile’s table erupted into cheers when it was revealed the 30-year-old had picked up the three votes he needed to tie with Murray in the very last game to be read out at the medal count.
“You never really know what the result is going to be going into these sorts of nights but given that I won the year before and felt I’d actually played a bit better and more consistently this season I thought I might be in with a chance,” Basile said.
“Going into the last two rounds of the medal count there were a few people ahead of me but they just happened not to poll any votes.
“We had a table of about 10 of us form CBC… and they all went up pretty excited when last votes got called out.”
Basile has played on and off at Fremantle CBC since 2005, leaving the club first for a two-year stint with East Fremantle in the WAFL in 2008 and 2009 and then to play at South Bunbury in 2011.
He finished runner-up for the CJ Jamieson Medal playing for CBC in 2014 and 2015 before finally breaking through to claim the coveted gong for the first time last year.
The Palmyra resident said an influx of talented youngsters at the club had helped lift Fremantle CBC to a second-place finish on the ladder.
“It’s been good, we’ve had a lot of younger guys come into team who have really stepped up and their enthusiasm has dragged us older guys along a bit too,” Basile said.
“(Being an older player) makes you think about the game a little differently. You have to take on a bit more responsibility to take the game on and be a bit more of a leader.”
Basile is now focused on helping to deliver his first flag to Fremantle CBC, which takes on Trinity Aquinas in the preliminary final this weekend.
“We finished fifth last year and I broke my arm in the first few minutes of a losing elimination final so I’m definitely hoping to go a lot better than that this time around,” he said.