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The very best

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

A SINGLE best and fairest vote in the penultimate North Central league football season game has given Jordan Hargreaves the 2021 Feeny Medal.

The Wedderburn ruckman bolted to an early lead in the medal count with four best-on-grounds in the first four rounds.

But it was that one vote in the match against Boort that had Hargreaves a single vote ahead of fast-finishing Tom Finlay (Charlton) and Ross Young (Sea Lake Nandaly) who each polled three votes across the final two rounds.

Hargreaves is the first Redback to take out the league’s top award since Mark Lloyd in 2014, ironically also winning with 16 votes.

And on Tuesday, Hargreaves received his medal after the long weekend receiving congratulations for the success in the online vote count.

“I was just glad to be back playing football after last season was called off,” he said with medal in hand reflecting on the 2021 season and Wedderburn’s return to the league’s upper echelon.

“I didn’t deal too well not playing last year and put on a bit of weight. But we came back as a team and bonded really well,

“Co-coach Sam Barnes had me playing a different role ... staying back after the centre bounces ready for the intercepts.

“Once the ball was in our forward zone, I was there floating across the centre.”

It’s a game plan that Hargreaves thinks is made for finals and hopes can be properly tested next season.

“Apart from a couple of games - Sea Lake and Birchip Watchem - it worked pretty well,” he said.

Hargreaves has played most of his football with the Redbacks, staying loyal to his town and mates despite offers to leave Donaldson Park.

“It makes sense to stay with your mates and the town where you live and work,” Hargreaves said.

Hargreaves’ football development was aided by two years with Bendigo Pioneers and a season with Bendigo Gold.

He notched up 100 for Wedderburn in 2019 and has sights set on finals next season and the chance to maybe reach 150 games.

Meanwhile, Boort is celebrating triple best and fairest success in netball.

Annie Perryman won the under 16A award while Carissa Haw and Jessica Minogue shared honours in under 16B.

Wedderburn’s Aliza Lockhart was named the association’s 2021 rising star.

The Redbacks’ Maddison Postle was runner-up in A Grade, finishing two votes behind Claudia Griffith (Charlton)

How the umpires voted

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