Paddy kicks on
MONTMORENCY spearhead Patrick Fitzgerald (pictured below right with senior coach Ben Haynes) capped off a consistent year for the club by winning the best and fairest award.
A big crowd attended the awards ceremony at the Watsonia RSL to see Fitzgerald, known to the Mont faithful as
"Doita'', score 114 votes to snare the award ahead of dashing defender Bill Jenkin (105 votes) and hard-ball getter
Matt Hunt (87).
Fitzgerald, who along with Jenkin (pictured bottom far right, as part of the leadership group) is part of the Mont leadership group, was a formidable presence on the forward line during a year in which the club was ravaged by injury.
While he contributed goals to the NFL Magpies he also had stints as a relieving ruckman.
Jenkin's second placing marked a coming of age for him as a footballer. He was impassable in defence and
has the ability to break the lines, setting up attacks. Jenkin, the nephew of a great servant of the club, Warren "Duck''
Jenkin, plays with the sort of passion reminiscent of the era his uncle played in. Hunt had been enjoying a better than good year in the midfield until he suffered a workplace accident, cutting short his season.
Dan Hardy picked up the reserves best and fairest award with 48 votes followed by veteran Grant "Crackers''
McCracken (45 votes) and Lochie O'Brien (41 votes).
Patrick Amenta scored the most votes - 59 - in the under 19 award category. Second place (55 votes) went to Connor Kane while Riley Howe picked up 44 votes to finish third..
Nikki Blythe crowned a huge season for her by winning the senior women's trophy (104 votes). The club best and
fairest triumph follows her recent league best and fairest win. Two of her very talented teammates in Rhiarn Daley and Ashleigh Bayes tied for second place with 92 votes.