Premier Cricket: Rockingham-Mandurah ends disappointing season with defeat; Sean Guppy wins Martin Baird Medal

Premier Cricket: Rockingham-Mandurah ends disappointing season with defeat; Sean Guppy wins Martin Baird Medal

ROCKINGHAM-Mandurah wrapped up its Premier Cricket season with the Martin Baird Medal count at Lark Hill following three losses out of four matches against University.

The Martin Baird medal is awarded to the club’s best player across all four senior grades as voted by the players at the conclusion of each round.

The medal honours the memory of the effervescent all-rounder, a talented state representative junior making his way in the seniors but tragically taken too young in 2002.

Winner Sean Guppy was a team-mate of Baird in the club’s formative years and said after the win how honoured he was to accept the award and proved to be a highly popular winner among the loud gathering at Lark Hill.

The veteran polled the maximum three votes on five occasions, four times in a streak from rounds four to seven to jump out with Adam France, who started the season in thirds, by the halfway point.

Dane Ugle polled in eight matches to finish second, while fellow first graders France (15), Mitch Green (15), Brandon Burt (14) and Lewis Pitts were all live chances until Guppy’s two-vote performance on the last day.

Just a season after claiming the flag, Rockingham-Mandurah won just one first grade match, suffered the loss of Olly Colley Medalist Brendon Diamanti to career-ending injuries and finished second last.