Demons clean up awards

Forest Stanley’s Joel Quilliam and Guy Kearnes received Circular Head Football Association Best and Fairest and runner-up respectively at the annual trophy presentation and ambassador quest evening at the Irishtown Community Centre on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Alyssia Coates.

Prestige. Forest Stanley Football Club claimed a clean sweep of Best and Fairest awards during Circular Head Football Association’s trophy presentation and ambassador quest evening on Saturday.

Held at the Irishtown Community Centre, the four local clubs joined to celebrate the season’s successes ahead of this weekend’s conclusive event.

The Demons’ Joel Quilliam claimed Seniors’ Best and Fairest with a total of 13 votes followed closely by playing coach Guy Kearnes with 12 votes.

“It’s nice to win, but it will mean more if we get that win this weekend,” Quilliam said of the achievement.

“I felt like I had a pretty strong season, I felt more confident and fitter than last season.”

Quilliam received runner-up club Best and Fairest last season and has previously collected the honour with Redpa’s Under 17s as well as the association’s runner-up in the same division.

Kearnes has played a dominant season as he has juggled personal goals with the responsibility of coaching Forest Stanley’s senior side.

“I’m not too interested in the individual awards as a coach this year,” he said.

“I’m more determined to try to get over the line this weekend.

“Although my brother (Mark) has won the award so it was good to get that back on him,” he joked.

Forest Stanley’s Brandon Tonks earned the Reserves’ Best and Fairest with 11 votes closely followed by equal runners-up Sam Tonks (Forest Stanley) and Daniel Spee (Scotchtown) on nine votes each.

The Demons’ clean sweep was completed when Kalien Oates secured the Under 16s honour with his 14 votes, trailed closely by Lachlan Blakemore of Scotchtown on 13 votes.

Awards were also given to each division’s leading goal kicker.

Martin Hardy bagged the Seniors’ title with 51 goals while Irishtown’s Sean Ryan booted 36 majors in the Reserves and Isaac Perry slotted in a whopping 50 balls through the middle posts for Irishtown’s U/16s.

Media Awards went to Jason Gofton of Irishtown with 13 votes in the Seniors, Ashley Jackson of Forest Stanley with 12 votes in the Reserves and equal honours were presented to Oates and Sam Lewis (Irishtown) for 12 votes in the U/16s.

CHFA Life Memberships were also presented on the evening to Forest Stanley’s Martin Burke and Scotchtown’s Paul Jenkins for their long-standing commitment to the game, their club and the whole association.

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