Fyfe wins the Doig Medal
Star midfielder Nathan Fyfe was crowned Fremantle’s best and fairest on Friday night. Fyfe (263 votes) finished the count strongly ahead of David Mundy (246) and Michael Johnson (239).
“It seems a little unfair to have one winner when these guys (other placegetters) would be such worthy winners and all the guys I’ve played with throughout the year really make this team what it is,” Fyfe said.
Defender Leigh Spurr was the surprise of the night, finishing in fifth position behind Ryan Crowley, with 226 votes.
— Matt de Boer (@mattdeboer9) November 16, 2013
Young gun’s feet back page news
If there was any doubt the AFL draft is getting bigger by the year, one only needs to look at the back page of Saturday’s Herald Sun. Potential Top-5 pick Matthew Sharenberg is reportedly battling stress injuries affecting both feet, throwing a spanner into the works of the first round of Thursday’s draft. Ten years ago for a footballer’s feet to be back page news, that player would need to be James Hird or David Beckham (think, pre-Japan/South Korea in 2002). As the game grows, so does the microscope on our players and it is now at the point where prospective draftees are commanding significant media attention – even before they step into the AFL system.
Fresh scans of Matthew Scharenberg's feet provide recruiters with top-10 conundrum http://t.co/ay8uTnXK24
— Jay Clark (@ClarkyHeraldSun) November 15, 2013
This will not be the first time an injury concern over a player has weighed on clubs with an early pick. Joel Selwood, Chris Judd and Dyson Heppell have all overcome significant pre-draft injury to enjoy relatively injury free AFL careers. Fingers crossed for Scharenberg.
Players unite for Ricky
Several AFL players, past and present attended the Ricky Bannister fundraiser on Friday night.
Bannister suffered a serious spinal injury when he fell from a horse earlier this year. He is the brother of former Essendon and Carlton footballer and AFL umpire Jordan Bannister.
Highlights from the night include a moving speeches from Jordan Bannister and Jason McCartney, while Darryl Braithwaite filled the dance floor.
Amazing night tonight , awesome to see everyone come together for a family in need . Hopefully brings some happiness @JordanBannister
— dayne beams (@beama17) November 15, 2013
— Kade Simpson (@kadesimpson6) November 15, 2013
— Brendan Fevola (@BrendanFevola25) November 15, 2013
Selwood back on the track
Joel Selwood might still be on holidays but it didn’t stop him from strapping on his runners alongside more than 12 thousand other people to complete Run Geelong, which raised more than $500 thousand for the Special Care nursery
Davey brothers reunited
Aaron and Alwyn Davey returned home to Darwin to play for their junior club, the Palmerston Magpies, on the weekend.
Recently retired Aaron and the delisted Alwyn ran out for the Magpies alongside their brother Russell on Saturday afternoon against Wanderers.
It was the first time the three Davey brothers had played on the same team since Under 16s, although their presence wasn’t enough as the Magpies went down by six goals.