Northern Blues midfielder Kane Lambert in action against Werribee in Round 18.
(Photo: Dave Savell)
By Matthew Lodge
Northern Blues superstar Kane Lambert has kicked off the awards night in stunning fashion winning the Fothergill-Round Medal as the Most Promising Young Player in the VFL.
The award was the second medal given out tonight at the J.J Liston Trophy night at Etihad Stadium tonight.
Lambert, averaging 26 possessions and kicking 21 goals in season 2013, was voted by VFL officials as the best up-and-coming player, winning the VFL’s equivalent of the AFL NAB Rising Star.
Upon receiving the award, Lambert said he owed everything to the Northern Blues as a football club he grew up spending so much time around.
“I'd like to thank the Blues for the last couple of years for the support and development,” Lambert said on the dais upon receiving the award.
“The club's been a part of my blood since I was kid looking for autographs to be signed in the change rooms after games.
“It hold a special place in my heart, I’ve made great mates here and loved playing my footy for the Northern Blues.”
Lambert said he appreciated the honour and being considered one of the favourites for the J.J Liston Trophy.
“I'm not sure how I'll go later tonight, there's a lot of very good players in the room who might pip me for it.
“I'm very honoured to receive this award, it's certainly unexpected. A lot of credit has to go to my family and my teammates."
The award adds to an impressive list for Lambert in 2013, including selection for Victoria and an invitation to the AFL State Combine.
Lambert also finished fifth in the Toyota VFL Coach’s Award with 15 votes; six votes behind Alik Magin of Bendigo Gold. Former Northern Blues player Daniel Toman was the runner up of the same award with 19 votes.
In other news so far in the night, Northern Blues ruckman Nick Meese finished equal second in the A. Todd Medal as the AFL Victoria Development League Best and Fairest.
Meese finished on 12 votes with three other players, one vote behind eventual winner Aiden Lindsay of the Casey Scorpions.
In further good news, Northern Blues Property Steward Joey Falzon was awarded the annual Alec Gillon Award for Outstanding to VAFA/VFL football.
Joey has had an amazing 31 years of outstanding dedication and commitment with the Northern Blues (formerly Northern Bullants, Preston Knights & Preston Football Clubs).
You can follow the action from the J.J Liston Trophy night via the VFL’s LIVE streaming.
The Northern Blues Football Club’s Facebook Page and Twitter Account will are working live from Etihad Stadium to also keep you updated if you can’t get to a computer.
More to come from the night.