STAR Myrtleford co-coach Brad Murray has clinched one of the few honours to elude him during his illustrious career by taking out the Saints’ best and fairest award.
Murray polled 176 votes to finish well clear of Kristan Height (140) and Matt Dussin (96).
The midfielder has previously won best and fairests at West Perth (2004), Port Adelaide (2009), Echuca (2011) and Blackburn (2012) as well as the Ovens and Murray’s Morris Medal in 2005.
Murray, who has played more than 80 games for Myrtleford, said yesterday it was a huge honour to win his home club’s top award.
“It means a fair bit to me,” Murray said.
“Myrtleford’s my home club, it’s where I grew up, I love the footy club and I love the place.
“To win the best and fairest is something I’ll look back on when I finish footy and be pretty proud.”
Jason Tanner took out Myrtleford’s reserve- grade top honour, Dylan Piazza was successful in the thirds and Saige Broz won the A-grade netball.
Lavington’s Luke Garland edged out Myles Aalbers and Brant Dickson in the Panthers’ count.
Garland said it was a tight race for the Panthers’ playing group.
“It’s a huge honour considering our form this year,” he said.
“I think there were 15 to 20 votes separating seven or eight players so it could have gone either way — it just so happened I got lucky and got a few late season votes to edge clear.”
Garland won the club’s best and fairest two years ago in the midfield.
“It’s good to know that I can play different roles for the team going forward.”
Wangaratta’s Matt Grossman finished ahead of Josh Porter and Daine Porter to win the Magpies’ best and fairest and Wangaratta Rovers skipper Tyson Hartwig took out the Hawks’ top honour.