Best and Fairest Form Guide
- Tuesday, 30 September 2014
2014 Outridge Medal
Since the turn of the century only four players have been awarded a Best and Fairest in a premiership year at Subiaco.
On Friday night another Lion will join the elite company of Alistair Pickett (2004), Mark Haynes (2006), Brad Smith (2007) and Greg Broughton (2008).
The Outridge Medal is Subiaco’s night of nights and last year George Hampson and Brett Mahoney couldn’t be split, each sharing the award.
Four coaches fill out voting cards, nominating 5,4,3,2 and 1 votes each game meaning a player can poll a maximum of 20 votes each week. Hampson and Mahoney each polled 126 votes last season.
History shows that unlike the Sandover medal, players in the back half and forward half of the ground often poll as many or more votes as the midfielders.
This year’s favourites.
In his first season the spearhead has exceeded all expectations, kicked 53 goals, the most by any Subiaco player since Blake Broadhurst in 2011. He finished second in the Bernie Naylor Medal. The 23 year old still managed to kick goals in losing games which could see him pick up some un expected votes. He played 21 of a possible 23 games and on 6 occasions kicked four goals or more.
He won it as a midfielder last year but was played predominantly across half forward in 2014 for a return of 37 goals compared to just 6 in 2013. The 24 year old’s talents are unquestionable and his gut running doesn’t go unnoticed by coaches and fans alike. He played 19 games this season.
The fiery small forward laid 77 tackles, the most of any forward this season. His forward pressure was often highlighted by the coaches as he often showed the defensive mindset the underpinned Schofield’s game plan. He kicked 30 goals and missed only three games this season.
The poster boy of consistency, Bristow often finishes in the top 5 on Outridge Medal night and could take home the main prize for the first time. The veteran of 113 games again averaged more than 20 disposals per game in his role as the team’s primary ball winner. Bristow is the only Lions to play all 23 games and lead all teammates with 102 tackles.
Arguably the best user of the football, Phelan has put together his best season of his 97 game career. Phelan’s versatility will see him poll some unexpected votes. The 26 year old was often tasked with tagging the opposition’s best midfielder and rarely lowered his colours, winning plenty of his own footy. Also provided run off half back at times and only missed one game this season.
Had an outstanding year and is one of the favourites to win on Friday night. His individual accolades this season include the WAFL AAMI Player of the Year award and the West Australian Fooballer of the Year award. The 27 year old also polled more votes than any Lions to finish fourth in the Sandover medal. He missed four games through injury.
The most trusted of Subiaco’s defenders Rumble was rarely beaten in his one on one battles this season. His leadership on the last line of defence was invaluable. The 30 year old wound back the clock, reproducing the dogged style of football that sees him ranked amongst the WAFL’s best ever defenders. He played 19 games this season
The highly skilled defender played the quarter back role with poise this season. Despite being a new addition the defensive unit, he slotted in like he’d been there for years. Twomey provided run and precise ball use out of defence setting up many of Subiaco’s forward thrusts in the 19 games that he played in.
A mixture of height and pace saw Leishman play on a variety of forwards this season and was often tasked with blanketing the craftiest of opposition goal sneaks. The 27 year old provided dash from half back helped break the lines in his 17 games this season.
Other awards on Friday night include:
Best first year player
Leading goal kicker
Newton Screaigh coaches award
Best Clubman award