HENTY’S Simon Hillier looms as the player to beat in tonight’s Azzi medal count at the Henty Community Club.
After already taking out the Border Mail-WAW Credit Union Footballer of the Year and Swampies best and fairest, Hillier will be out to make it a clean sweep and cap an outstanding season.
He will be trying to emulate teammate Jamarl O’Sullivan, who captured all three awards last season.
O’Sullivan last year became the first Swampie to take out the league’s highest individual award since high-flying forward Craig Lieschke in 1982 and 1984.
Hillier has been a vital cog in Henty’s midfield and featured in its best on 11 occasions.
The Border Mail-WAW Credit Union award has proven an accurate guide to the Azzi medal in recent seasons.
Since the award was introduced in 2010, Trent Storey, Mikal Bloom and O’Sullivan have all gone on to also win the Azzi medal.
Billabong Crows ball magnet Dylan Kerr is also expected to be a leading contender.
Kerr was an ultra-consistent performer in the Crows midfield and was named among their best in 17 of 18 matches.
Hindering Kerrs’ chances will be if he can poll enough three votes after the Crows finished 10th with a 5-13 record.
Howlong ruckman Peter Hancock is another player with an undeniable chance.
Hancock arrived from Lavington as one of the biggest signings of the off season and emerged as the premier big man in the competition.
The wildcard could be CDHBU livewire Jeremy Stevenson.
Stevenson was named in the Power’s best on 12 occasions and was instrumental in the former Coreen league club making finals for the first time since joining the Hume league in 2008.
The classy midfielder was also dangerous when resting forward and booted 36 goals, which could help attract the attention of the umpires.
Expect Holbrook co-coach Jarrod Twitt to poll well but the Brookers best and fairest winner missed the last three matches with a broken finger.
Rand-Walbundrie’s Justin Gordon, Holbrook’s Brett Doswell and Osborne’s Matt Clarke are also have a rough chance.
Former Geelong premiership captain Tom Harley will be guest speaker at the count.
Rutherglen’s Jakeb Meyer and King Valley’s Adam Williams have also taken out the Border Mail-WAW Credit Union district Footballer of the Year awards in the Tallangatta and Ovens and King leagues respectively.
The winners will each receive $500 after coaches awarded weekly 5-4-3-2-1 votes.