2017 Best and Fairest winners

Published on Monday, October 23, 2017

Every senior men’s best and fairest winner from the 2017 Northern Football League season.

Matthew Dennis capped a memorable season by taking out Bundoora’s best and fairest in the club’s premiership campaign. It was the second straight-year Dennis has won the Bulls’ best and fairest.

The star ruckman claimed the award ahead of Josh Grabowski and skipper Brent Marshall – completing a perfect season after winning his third Frank Rosbrook medal and the best on ground medallion in the Bulls’ grand final win of Macleod.

Shane Doherty claimed the Tom Melican Medal as Macleod’s best and fairest, winning from Team of the Year centre half back Ned McKeown.

The much-improved midfielder-forward polled 86 votes to finish one vote ahead of McKeown. Lucas Hobbs was third on 75 votes, completing another top-three finish after winning the award in each of his first two seasons at De Winton Park.

Division 1 Coaches Player of the Year Jordan Perry claimed his second-consecutive Molloy Medal as Northcote Park’s club champion. The top-three remained the same as in 2016, albeit in a different order, with skipper Bronik Davies this year runner-up ahead of Gerard Sutton.

Jack Johnston won his first senior best and fairest at Greensborough. The rebounding defender finished ahead of Ricky Mullins – who scored his third-successive top-three finish – and Nick Riddle.

A defender was also crowned club champion at West Preston-Lakeside, with 20-year-old Jackson Clarke winning the award in his first year at the club upon joining from Coburg. Andrew Walker was second, ahead of competition leading goal kicker Ahmed Saad.

Tom Sullivan sealed a dominant year in the midfield by winning the Blair Harvey Medal at Heidelberg. The Team of the Year wingman finished ahead of Frank Rosbrook medal runner-up Michael Brunelli and Ryan Stone – who were equal-second.

A 47-goal season saw key forward Patrick Fitzgerald win Montmorency’s best and fairest. Bill Jenkin was second, while Matt Hunt finished third despite missing the final five home and away games.

Jack Grimes was crowned Hurstbridge club champion in his first year back at the club after a 100-game AFL career with Melbourne. Sean Jellie was second, while 2016 winner Tom Simpson finished third.

Jai Robinson won Whittlesea’s best and fairest for the second year in a row, despite missing the opening three games of the season. Janan Daniel was second, while Matt Atta was third in his second-successive top-five finish.

There were no surprises at Eltham with the club’s sole Team of the Year representative Anton Woods winning the best and fairest. Woods was runner-up in the Coaches Player of the Year, despite his side’s bottom-place finish. He won the best and fairest from Lewis Glasgow and Bradyn Taglieri.

In A Plus Labour Solutions Division 2, competition best and fairest Brent Harvey completed the treble by winning premier North Heidelberg’s club champion award.
It was a family affair at the top of the Bulldogs leaderboard, with Jesse Tardio finishing second, Shane Harvey third and Brody Tardio fourth.

Diamond Creek’s best and fairest was headed by a host of youngsters, with Jacob Booth finishing first, while Tyler Barnes (fourth) and Ty Franks (fifth) also finished among the top-five. Oliver Parks was second, with Tim Chapman third.

Patrick Flynn won his second-successive best and fairest at Lower Plenty, finishing ahead of Darcy Barden and Ben Paterson. The Bears’ ruckman also claimed his second-straight Coaches Player of the Year award, winning in Division 1 in 2016 and Division 2 this year.

Underrated utility Allan Norris claimed the Fitzroy Stars best and fairest. Often-unheralded, Norris took his game to another level in 2017 to win his first club champion award. Stars captain Clinton Benjamin was second, with rover Malcolm Dow third.

Matthew Vasilevski capped his return to the Northern Football Netball League by taking out Thomastown’s best and fairest. The two-time Frank Rosbrook medal winner finished ahead of Matthew Dirkx and 2016 runner-up Adrian Natoli.

After taking out the 2016 Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 best and fairest, Matthew Crompton was again a standout in 2017 and was crowned Watsonia’s best and fairest. Ben Anderson was second, while Ben Sutherland finished third.

Jhye Baddeley-Kelly was Lalor’s club champion, ahead of two-time winner Shane Jacobs, while Matthew Fowler won Panton Hill’s best and fairest despite playing just 13 games after crossing from Greensborough.

Banyule skipper Scott Gumbleton took out the Bears’ club champion award in their Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 premiership campaign. Kieran Malone was runner-up, while competition leading goal kicker James Kroussoratis was third.

The best and fairest triumph topped an outstanding season for Gumbleton, who was best afield in the 25-point grand final win over South Morang.

Luke Shelton confirmed his place as one of South Morang’s most decorated players, winning his third-successive club best and fairest award. Shelton finished ahead of youngster Tye Hall and Jake Potter – who finished third for the second year in a row.

Daniel Moore and Josh Stavely’s eight-year reign as Epping’s best and fairest came to an end, with Tom Hughes his first senior club champion award. Leigh Judd was second, with youngsters Corey Middleton and Jake Perry tied for third.

Division 3 Coaches Player of the Year Dillan Ronalds won St Mary’s best and fairest for the second-successive year. It was his third triumph for the award after also winning in 2013. Fellow Team of the Year members Daniel Castagnini and James Boarotto finished in the top-three, with Daniel Dober tied with Boarotto for third.

Playing-assistant Leigh Irons took out the award at Kilmore in his first season with the club. The Team of the Year representative finished ahead of Adam Milne and Jaxson Kinnear in a year of a massive improvement for the Blues.

Masaki Miki edged out competition best and fairest Jarryd Coulson for Heidelberg West’s club champion award, while co-captain Justin Bentley finished third. Miki was also runner-up for the Coaches Player of the Year in a great debut season with the Hawks.

Elsewhere, Matthew Campbell claimed Mernda’s best and fairest, Adam Dennis made history in being crowned Laurimar’s club champion in its inaugural season, while Lachlan Shaw triumphed for Reservoir’s best and fairest in its return to the field in 2017.

Continue below for this year’s best and fairest results.



1st – Matthew Dennis
2nd – Josh Grabowski
3rd – Brent Marshall
4th – Liam Byrne
5th – Daniel Younan


1st – Anton Woods
2nd – Lewis Glasgow
3rd – Bradyn Taglieri
4th – Matthew Keys
5th – Tom Rogers


1st – Jack Johnston
2nd – Ricky Mullins
3rd – Nick Riddle
4th – Jason Rogers
5th – Chris Clark


1st – Tom Sullivan
Eq 2nd – Michael Brunelli
Eq 2nd – Ryan Stone
3rd – Paul Bower
4th – Will Knight
5th – Charles Gaylard


1st – Jack Grimes
2nd – Sean Jellie
3rd – Tom Simpson
4th – Aidan Clarke
5th – Tieren Barbera


1st – Shane Doherty
2nd – Ned McKeown
3rd – Lucas Hobbs
4th – Hamish Paynter
5th – Justin White


1st – Patrick Fitzgerald
2nd – Bill Jenkin
3rd – Matt Hunt
4th – Jesse Donaldson
5th – Mark Deaves


1st – Jordan Perry
2nd – Bronik Davies
3rd – Gerard Sutton
Eq 4th – Brock McLennan
Eq 4th – Tyson Old


1st – Jackson Clarke
2nd – Andrew Walker
3rd – Ahmed Saad
4th – Patrick Karnezis
5th – Nathan Valladares


1st – Jai Robinson
2nd – Janan Daniel
3rd – Matthew Atta
4th – Brenton Briffa
5th – Tom Falls



1st – Jacob Booth
2nd – Oliver Parks
3rd – Tim Chapman
4th – Tyler Barnes
5th – Ty Franks


1st – Allan Norris
2nd – Clinton Benjamin
3rd – Malcolm Dow
4th – Kain Proctor
5th – Clinton Edwards


1st – Jhye Baddeley-Kelly
2nd – Shane Jacobs
3rd – Shannon Smith
4th – Ben Curtiss
5th – Harley Nancarrow


1st – Patrick Flynn
2nd – Darcy Barden
3rd – Ben Paterson
4th – Fabian Dorbolo
5th – Tom Keys


1st – Brent Harvey
2nd – Jesse Tardio
3rd – Shane Harvey
4th – Brody Tardio
5th – Leigh Gilbert


1st – Matthew Fowler
Eq 2nd – Mitchell Anderson
Eq 2nd – Scott Conte
3rd – Thomas Blake
4th – Daniel Freeman


1st – Matthew Vasilevski
2nd – Matthew Dirkx
3rd – Adrian Natoli
4th – Joshua Beare
5th – Daniel Chadwick


1st – Matthew Crompton
2nd – Ben Anderson
3rd – Ben Sutherland
4th – Kyle Kemp
5th – Allan Young



1st – Scott Gumbleton
2nd – Kieran Malone
3rd – James Kroussoratis
4th – Jacob Smith
5th – Daniel Kelly


1st – Thomas Hughes
2nd – Leigh Judd
Eq 3rd – Corey Middleton
Eq 3rd – Jake Perry
4th – Tom Sullivan
5th – Josh Stavely


1st – Masaki Miki
2nd – Jarryd Coulson
3rd – Justin Bentley
4th – Kane Moore
5th – Ben Kennan


1st – Leigh Irons
2nd – Adam Milne
3rd – Jaxson Kinnear
4th – Michael Marrett
5th – Daniel Matthew


1st – Adam Dennis
2nd – Leigh Murphy
3rd – Jackson Lewis
4th – Steve Dorsett
Eq 5th – Jacson Cecil
Eq 5th – Chris Menzies


1st – Matthew Campbell
2nd – Josh Delaney
3rd – Anthony Bradford
4th – David Hutchinson
5th – Adrian Stefanile


1st – Lachlan Shaw
Eq 2nd – Emrys Black
Eq 2nd – Reece Miller
3rd – Thomas Goodwin
4th – Joshua Alexander
5th – Matthew Rodaughan


1st – Luke Shelton
2nd – Tye Hall
3rd – Jake Potter
4th – Alex Colaidis
5th – James Hewson


1st – Dillan Ronalds
2nd – Daniel Castagnini
Eq 3rd – James Boarotto
Eq 3rd – Daniel Dober
4th – Jake Dambrauskas

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