A BARNSTORMING finish to the season from Wangaratta’s Louis Vescio saw him tie with emerging Yarrawonga tall Damon Symes for the Leo Dean award.
In a thrilling climax, Vescio polled four votes in the final two rounds to draw level with Symes for the third-grade best and fairest award.
It’s the second time in three years the count has finished in a tie after Pigeon Connor Hargreaves and Tiger Will Blomeley shared the honour in 2011.
Vescio drifted in and out of the Murray Bushrangers this year but dominated for the Pies when available.
Symes, a younger brother of former Yarrawonga premiership star Brandon, has been earmarked as a player of the future.
He won the Peter Johnston Medal earlier in the evening as the Ovens and Murray’s best under-18 inter-league player.
“I was pretty happy with the year,” Symes, 18, said.
“I didn’t expect this though.”
Vescio picked up votes in seven matches while Symes polled in six.
“It’s good to share the award with Symesy because he’s a ripping bloke,” he said.