MIDFIELDER Adam Baird has pipped 2018 Michelsen Medal winner Jack Geary to claim Golden Square’s John Jones Memorial senior best and fairest award for 2018.
The star pair finished first and second in this year’s league medal count, which Geary won with 22 votes ahead of Baird on 17, but the order was reversed in the club award.
The win capped an outstanding year for Baird, who earlier in the season represented Victoria Country for the first time in a 25-point win over Victorian Metro.
The star on-baller and four-time Bulldogs premiership player was named best on ground in the clash at Ballarat.
The Bulldogs’ goalkicking award was shared by Jayden Burke and Dylan Johnstone, with both players ending the season on 36 goals.
Brayden Welsh was the recipient of the Cyril Bourke Memorial rising star award.
Star defender Allira Holmes claimed the club’s top netball honour as A-grade best and fairest, ahead of Zoe Douglass.
Young gun Bree Heiden who was the winner of this year’s BFNL netball rising star award, won the coach’s trophy.
Holmes, a premiership player in 2015 who coached the Bulldogs in 2017, was the club’s leading votegetter with nine in this year’s Betty Thompson Medal count.
Under-age best and fairests were won by Tully Scanlon (under-18 football) and Abbey Clohesy (17-and-under netball).
Seniors - John Jones Memorial best and fairest: Adam Baird; Ron McHardy runner-up best and fairest: Jack Geary; Brian Pell Memorial goalkicking award: Jayden Burke and Dylan Johnstone; Jack Turner Memorial coach’s award: Lachlan Humphrey; Cyril Bourke Memorial rising star award: Brayden Welsh.
Reserves – best and fairest: Callum Draper; runner-up best and fairest: Kane Shelton; coach’s award: Sheldon Burke; most improved: Josh Pethybridge.
Under-18s – Paul Jakubans Memorial best and fairest – Tully Scanlon; runner-up best and fairest: Alex Jenkyn; Nana Kenyon Memorial goalkicking award: Harry McCormick; coach’s award: Zedekiah Marshall; most consistent: Harry Goode; most improved: Tim Fitzpatrick.
Club person of the year: Ian ‘Shorty’ Muir.
A-grade – best and fairest: Allira Holmes; runner-up: Zoe Douglass; coach’s trophy: Bree Heiden.
A-reserve – best and fairest: Kristen Wilson; runners-up: Jody Richards, Amy Buckell; coach’s trophy: Madeline Keighran.
B-grade – best and fairest: Kathryn Meade; runners-up: Ally Flynn, Tess Davies; coach’s trophy: Macy Brown.
B-reserve – best and fairest: Gabby Munari; runner-up: Maeve Delahunty; coach’s trophy: Nikki Wilson.
17-and-under – best and fairest: Abbey Clohesy; runner-up: Ashlee O’Shea; coach’s trophy: Kayla Ashcroft.