THREE Horsham District league junior footballers have tied on 25 overall votes at the under-17 vote count on Monday night.
Swift footballer Joshua Davis, Pimpinio Tiger Dylan Bates and Harrow-Balmoral Southern Roo Hamish McCrae all tallied 25 votes and were named the best and fairest winners for the 2017 season.
All three players gained votes in the final round of the home and away campaign with Bates and Davis both receiving three votes while McRae received one vote.
Taylors Lake on-baller Matthew McCulloch missed out on the personal accolade by two votes and was named runner-up best and fairest.
McCrae and Davis will both play finals football with the Southern Roos finishing third and the Baggies finishing second.
Bates won’t have the chance to play finals football in 2017 after his team finished in ninth spot.
It was another tie in the third placing when Natimuk United Ram Riley Jervis and Noradjuha-Quantong Bomber Sebastian Relouw both polled 20 votes.
Two players tied on 32 overall votes in the under-14 count.
Harry Miller of Laharum and Cody Helyar of Pimpinio were named the 2017 Horsham District league under-14 best and fairest winners.
Helyar didn’t receive any votes in the final game of the home and away season against Jeparit-Rainbow.
Two vital votes came the way of Miller in the final game of the campaign when his team defeated Noradjuha-Quantong.
Tyler Hateley of Harrow-Balmoral missed out on the personal accolade by three votes and came runner-up.
Taylors Lake had a successful night and Riley Hall added to the trophies taken home by the junior Lakers coming third with 27 votes.
All four players will play finals football after an impressive season, the Tigers finished first and the Mountain Men finished second.
Joint under-17 best and fairest winner Bates said he wasn’t expecting to poll so high.
Davis said it felt good to win the award.
He said how he approached the season helped him to his trophy.
“Just coming to training two times a week, really putting heaps of effort into the game, just keep your eyes on the game,” Davis said.
Bates and Davis have played four games for their senior teams this year.
“It’s been good playing with the senior Swifties,” Davis said.
“I’d like to thank my parents, my mum, dad and coach.
“Mum and dad drive us to every game, coaches, trainers, the club and the league.”
McCrae said it was a team effort. “We’ve had a pretty solid season,” he said.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved really.”
The under-14 joint winners Miller and Helyar were ecstatic after winning the best and fairest for their age group.
Miller said it meant a lot to him.
“It means we are one of the best players in under-14’s, it feels pretty good,” he said.
Helyar said his 32 votes were helped by his team.
“The best part this year has been playing well together as a team,” he said.
It was a jam-packed night for trophies with six given out in the under-17’s and four awarded in the under-14’s.