It’s been a common footy saying that a best and fairest in a premiership year is the mark of a champion.
It’s been a common footy saying that a best and fairest in a premiership year is the mark of a champion. Justin Munro, Caleb Isles, Lucas Mathews and Mitch Woods are modern day Noosa tigers that will go down in the clubs history as club champions in premiership years. The great Leigh Matthews from Hawthorn won eight best and fairest awards, four of which were in premiership years making him talked about as the greatest footballer of all time.
Noosa's presentation day on Saturday the 10th of October, it's a day event for the first time ever and will have a festival type theme to it however it’s about recognising individual excellence in what is now such a team first game. And I know all eyes will be firmly on who takes out this years Senior best and fairest!
Here’s a few of this writers main chances;
Mitch Fraser - the lad from East Perth has just had a blinder. Started the year in defence then was moved into the middle where his influence on games was decisive. Strong around the contest, has an ‘all about team’ mindset and never wastes a disposal. Won plenty of awards and was nearly always among the best players week in week out in what was an outstanding year. The one to beat!
Aaron Laskey - the skipper again was a model of excellence and consistency as he rotated through the middle and across half back. In over 100 senior games played its hard to remember a bad one from Laskey who has been runner up in the past 3 senior best and fairest at Noosa. Hard, strong with an elite right foot the captain has again led from the front and will be right in the votes again.
Harry Maher - another outstanding season from the silky defender. He is the quarter back of the Noosa tigers. Reads the play beautifully and sets up so many attacking plays with his precise left foot. A big reason behind the Tigers success and expect him to poll very well early. Should be on the podium.
Tyler Stack - Had another superb year for the tigers dominating his wing finishing with a big finals series. At times it seems like Stacky had no opponent as he ran and bounced his way forward and delivered to his forwards with precision. Has been a massive reason why the tigers have gone back to back and will poll well as he has done the past two years. Id expect him to be top 5 again!
Brett Meredith - Just class. Smooth, fluent and great skills made this recruit more than noticeable in 2020. When in the groove an absolute stand out and stood above his peers with sublime touch and exquisite skill. Will poll in most games and wouldn’t surprise if he is right in it at the end.
Jai Fitzpatrick- has to be a chance. Noosa's Rolls Royce is just a treat to watch when in full flight. Played a fair bit of the year on a wing and whilst good there was far more effective through the midfield where his poise and evasive skills shine. Yet to win a senior best and fairest maybe 2020 will be his year.
I’d also expect Shane Hutchison and Connor McDonald to poll well and definitely finish in the top ten in what will be an intriguing count and a great day