NORTH Albury’s Ash Sibraa and Yarrawonga’s Ross Mulquiney last night tied for the Ovens and Murray’s Leo Burke Award in a thrilling reserve-grade count at Albury’s SS & A Club.
Mulquiney and Sibraa polled 14 votes, as did Albury ruckman Ben Dower who was declared ineligible after being suspended during the home and away series.
Wodonga’s Jack Stefani finished a further vote back on 13, followed by Albury’s Will Blomeley and Yarrawonga’s Beau Seymour on 12.
“It’s something different isn’t it?” Sibraa said.
“I think I only played seven or eight games.
“It was tough with work this year as I couldn’t do three days training a week.
“‘Aker’ put the hard word on me to train more if I wanted to play seniors, but I couldn’t and only really got back into the side at the end of the season when I wasn’t working away as much.”
Sibraa, 28, joined North Albury from Jindera earlier this year after starting his football career with Murray league club Finley.
The midfielder has been strongly linked to coach Yackandandah next season.
Mulquiney has been a loyal Pigeons’ servant in seniors and reserves.