WORTHY WINNER: Following a cracking season, the Coota Blues’ Chris Drum has sealed the club’s Best and Fairest count. With the finals series starting this weekend, no doubt Drum will be looking to carry this good form forward and if he can do so it will hold the talented side in good stead to turn their minor premiership into a premiership. Photo: Mark TaberCOOTAMUNDRA Blues utility and assistant coach Chris Drum has been named the Blues Best and Fairest following the vote count conducted at the Family Hotel the Saturday night before last.
Drum, who was runner up to Dylan McDermott last season, polled votes in all 16 matches he played in with the exception of the first match against Belconnen.
The win certainly capped off a great day for Drum who had booted seven goals earlier in the day against Yass.
The win against Yass earned the Blues a weekend off last weekend, as well as the minor premiership.
Drum, at 33 years, is the oldest player in the Blues lineup. He finished with 98 votes, seven votes clear of playing coach Luke Webb who missed the first five matches because of his carry-over suspension from last year’s Farrer League grand final. Phil Bird finished in third place.
Drum was a popular winner and the huge crowd on hand acknowledged his season’s triumph.
In his acceptance speech, the very humble Drum thanked the excellent team he is playing with, the superb coaching of Luke Webb, the strong work by the committee and all the supporters and valued sponsors.
In a team which won the competition’s minor premiership it was no surprise there were a number of standout players.
After nine matches, there was a four-way tussle between Phil Bird, Chris Drum, Stephen Chant and Joel Pearson.
Bird led the quartet with 50 votes closely followed by Drum on 47, six time best and fairest winner Chant had polled 46 votes while the consistent Pearson was still in the mix on 42 votes.
However, in the last four matches Drum polled impressively picking up 42 votes finishing seven votes clear of Webb, who in the same period picked up 30 votes.
Phil Bird, who previously played with the Blues in 2012, when he finished fourth, improved one notch finishing third.
Young gun McDermott, who had a slow start to the season, finished strongly polling 33 votes in the last three matches, was fourth.
Joel Pearson finished fifth on 71 votes while Stephen Chant finished sixth on 64 votes.
Despite only playing four matches, champion centre halfback Toby Johnston sadly broke his leg only minutes into his fifth match against Eastlake. Toby was still able to finish in the top ten with 27 votes.
Surprisingly, Sandy Maskell-Knight who topped the league goal kicking with 71 majors only polled 23 votes. Incredibly, in the match against Eastlake where the tall forward booted 10 goals, Sandy only polled two votes out of a possible 15.
In each home and away match, three voting cards are distributed where the voters are to judge their best on the basis five, four, three, two and one so the maximum number of votes any player can gain in a match is 15.
During the 17 matches, two players were afforded the maximum votes, Stephen Chant against Goulburn at Goodhew Park which was the Blues only loss and Chris Drum against Gungahlin at Clarke Oval on July 26. In that match, Drum booted a career best 10 goals.
For the first time the votes were presented on Powerpoint and credit must go to the hardworking Blues secretary Lee Loiterton for her expertise in presenting the Blues’ Best and Fairest in the best professional manner.
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The top 10
1. Chris Drum – 98
2. Luke Webb – 91
3. Phil Bird – 74
4. Dylan McDermott – 72
5. Joel Pearson – 71
6. Stephen Chant – 64
7. Jarryd Cook – 43
8. Ryan Miller – 33
9. Toby Johnston – 27
9. Mick Knagge – 27
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