NORTH BEACH Football club has lived up to its powerhouse reputation claiming three Best and Fairest awards at the 2018 WA Amateur Football League Medal Presentation Dinner recently.
Oskar Tothill won his first NK Donaldson Medal, the colts top division medal, while Rebecca Viney tied first for the A Grade Women’s Best and Fairest and James Hay-Hendry won the E2-Grade best and fairest.
Last year, Tothill won the medal in the Brett Jones Colts division after playing only eight games before departing on holiday, this year he has put in a stellar season, finishing 11 votes clear from second place, polling votes in 10 matches, including seven best on ground performances.
Tothill said that last year he was only playing in C division so to step up into A grade and win best and fairest was quite a shock but overall he was honoured.
“Winning the medal was great, but if I’m honest I could not be more pumped for the grand final this weekend,” he said.
Rebecca Viney is the youngest player ever in 97 years to win an award in the WAAFL open age division, which for the first time, featured in the awards night as 2018 included the launch of the women’s competition.
North Beach Football Club President Gary Stocks said Viney had an innate feel for the game, speed and skill and had been a revelation in her first season.
“Her talent was obvious from the early days and she looks to have a great future, perhaps even at higher levels,” he said.
Other memorable mentions on the night were Scarborough’s Joel Ashman receiving the CJ Jamieson Medal as the A Grade Best and Fairest player for 2018 finishing two votes ahead of North Beach’s Nicholas Reid.
The men’s A Grade Leading Goal Kicker award went to Kingsway’s Michael Wood who kicked 61 goals for the year and Kingsley’s James Del Borrello won the B Grade Leading Goal kicker award with 74 goals.