Ahead of tonight's 2019 Hume League Azzi Medal, relive the highs and lows of the 2018 awards night. From the archives September 12, 2018: 'Jolly good, Spider wins Hume League's Azzi medal'
HOWLONG won its sixth Azzi medal in the past 21 seasons when classy midfielder Steve Jolliffe took out the Hume league best and fairest count at Henty on Wednesday night.
In his first season with the Spiders, Jolliffe picked up 26 votes to draw five clear of Henty star Daniel Cox and Culcairns Jye Shields.
Shields also came runner-up last season.
Jolliffe joins Peter Hancock (2016 and 2013), Adam Hansen (2006), Anthony Ross (2002) and Jim Sandral junior (1997) as recent Howlong winners.
The former Ovens and Murray representative rated the win as one of the highlights of his career.
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Its very special, Jolliffe said.
There are a lot of really good players in the league and I thought Coxy or Jye might have won.
Last year was a pretty tough year for me and Im just really enjoying footy again.
Jolliffe arrived at Howlong this year after stints with Collingullie-Glenfield Park and Wodonga Raiders last season and was best afield in his first two matches for the Spiders.
He went on to poll in 11 of the 16 matches he played.
Cox led the count after six rounds with 14 votes but failed to pick up votes between rounds seven and 13 which saw him slip off the pace.
My form was pretty consistent and I owe Howlong a lot for that as they made me feel right at home, Jolliffe said.
Holbrooks Josh Jones and Osbornes Declan Galvin were the surprise packets of the count, finishing third and fourth respectively with 21 and 20 votes.
Brock-Burrums Nico Sedgwick came fifth but was ineligible due to a suspension.
Saint Zac Barrenechea was victorious in the reserves, Rand-Walbundrie-Walla ruckman Ty Voss won the thirds and Giant Nathan Wardius took out the fourths.
About 300 people attended the function at Henty.