Best and fairest awards wrap

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A complete breakdown of the Northern Blues players who took home awards on Friday night. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)

The Northern Blues enjoyed their night of nights alongside Carlton’s VFLW side on Friday at Mantra Bell City.

Tom Wilson was crowned as a three-time Laurie Hill Trophy winner: the marquee award on a memorable night for a number of VFL Blues.

Here’s a complete rundown of everyone who took home awards on Friday.

Laurie Hill Trophy
Tom Wilson
As just the fourth player to win three best and fairest awards at the Northern Blues, Wilson stamped himself as one of the greats of the club. The captain finished narrowly ahead of runner-up Sam Fisher, with his 11 votes in the final game pipping his fellow midfielder. On 75 votes, Josh Hill stormed into the place-getters with a big second half of the season, with Nick Graham and Jesse Palmer not far behind him.

Final leaderboard — Tom Wilson (85 votes), Sam Fisher (81), Josh Hill (75), Nick Graham (74), Jesse Palmer (67), Andrew Phillips (50), Jack Silvagni (48), Cameron O’Shea (37)

Bullant Players’ Player of the Year
Sam Fisher
An award which senior coach Josh Fraser has said could one day feature alongside the Laurie Hill Trophy, Sam Fisher’s consistency this season was evident amongst his peers. Fisher took home the third annual Bullant Players’ Player of the Year, which is voted on a week-to-week basis by all VFL-listed players. His application and performance on the field was acknowledged in a year where he played every game of the season.

Oscar Lipson Bullants Spirit Award
Mason Blakey
Awarded to the player who lives the club’s values the most, Mason Blakey — who celebrates his 20th birthday today — took home this honour, after his Best Clubman nod a year ago. His leadership credentials were clear when he was made one of three vice-captains behind Wilson heading into the year. A ‘footballers’ footballer’, the Blues are in sure hands with Blakey helping drive the club forward.

Matchworks Most-Improved
Chris McCabe
From one game in his first three seasons to 17 games in 2018 alone, it was no surprise that Chris McCabe was acknowledged as Northern’s most-improved player of the season. Changing a defensive post for one up forward, McCabe reaped the rewards of a strong pre-season and his dedication on the training track for what was undoubtedly a career-best campaign personally.

Life members
Gene Gatto and Michael Kerrigan
One of the staples of the Northern Blues’ best and fairest nights are honouring its newest life members. This year, Gene Gatto and Michael Kerrigan were unveiled as the newest members of the Northern’s most-loyal. With over a decade’s service each, there was no duo more deserving.

Tune into throughout the week for further coverage of Friday night.