For the second year in succession, there has been a first-time winner voted as the Jack McFarlane Medallist, with underrated defender Luke Tynan winning a thrilling Senior Best and Fairest count on Friday night at the Sandridge Events Centre.
The unbelievably consistent Tynan, recruited to Port Melbourne from Casey in 2014, benefited from the Borough’s 0-4 voting system for all players in each game, as he prevailed on 129 votes, to pip midfielders Eli Templeton (125 votes) and Tom O’Sullivan (123).
Premiership skipper Toby Pinwill was in fourth place on 119 votes, ahead of Damian Mascitti on 111.
Tynan, who turned 26 yesterday, said he was “honoured” to join some of the legendary list of names on the Borough honour boards, and more specifically an illustrious group of players to be named as a Best and Fairest winner in a Premiership year.
He was quick to single out his fellow members of the defensive group – playfully self-dubbed ‘The Cartel’ – who were statistically the VFL competition’s best; and ultimately an integral part of the Grand Final victory against Richmond just over two weeks ago.
The award capped a wonderful individual year for ‘Tyno’, as he added it to his Premiership medallion and VFL Team of the Year representation.
Earlier in the evening, a wide array of individual accolades were also celebrated, including the Graham Barfoot Medal to nuggety midfielder Mitch Hayes as the club’s final ever Development League Best and Fairest winner.
Hayes finished the season on 109 votes, comfortably ahead of first-year Borough utility Dale Hoghton (94 votes) and eventual Senior Premiership-playing youngster Harvey Hooper (92).
Other highlights included Port Melbourne legend Gary Brice awarding the Senior Best Finals Player trophy to Shannen Lange, Pinwill taking home the Senior ‘Tom Lahiff’ Memorial Award; and ex-Blue Dillon Viojo-Rainbow being crowned the club’s Best First Year Player.
The full details of awards and voting for both grades is listed below:
– Senior Best & Fairest (Jack McFarlane Medal): Luke Tynan (Donor: 5 Star Trophies)
– Senior 2nd Best & Fairest: Eli Templeton (Fortburn P/L)
– Senior 3rd Best & Fairest: Tom O’Sullivan (D. Perazzo)
– Senior Best Finals Player: Shannen Lange (P. Martin)
– Senior Leading Goalkicker: Jordan Lisle (Barassi & Co.)
– Senior Most Determined: Luke Tynan (Telstra Shop – Port Melbourne)
– Senior Most Consistent (Joseph Campbell Memorial Award): Tom O’Sullivan (M & S Addicoat)
– Senior Coach’s Award: Lucas Cook (Fortburn P/L)
– Senior Most Improved: Lachlan Waddell (Dorr Paper & Food Supplies)
– Senior Tom Lahiff Memorial Award: Toby Pinwill (Lahiff Family)
– DVL Best & Fairest (Graham Barfoot Medal): Mitch Hayes
– DVL 2nd Best & Fairest: Dale Hoghton (P. Lausch)
– DVL 3rd Best & Fairest: Harvey Hooper (Carr Electrical)
– DVL Best Finals Player: Mitch Hayes (R. Harrison)
– DVL Leading Goalkicker: Sam De Soysa (Barassi & Co.)
– DVL Most Determined: Sam De Soysa (D. Mitchell)
– DVL Most Consistent: Anthony Vella (D. Yuill)
– DVL Coach’s Award: Chris Carey (L. Fairman)
– DVL Most Improved: Michael Wenn (BECK Property Group)
– DVL Tom Lahiff Memorial Award: Tim Knowles (Lahiff Family)
– Best 1st Year Player: Dillon Viojo-Rainbow (PMPPA)
– Best Clubman: Gary Wyse (The Goss Family)
– Goal of the Year: Isaac Conway – Round 7 vs. Box Hill (Jenny and Andrew Tserkezidis)
SENIORS FULL FINAL VOTING:
DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE FULL FINAL VOTING:
A full Photo Gallery from the evening is also available HERE.
The club would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Tristan Foenander of Croc Media for stepping in to fill the vacant MC role for the night, as regular MC Nathan Strempel withdrew due to a clash of commitments. Everyone in attendance agreed that he did a marvellous job!
Image credit: Jenny Tserkezidis.