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iceman
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Champion Midfielder Steve Harrison won a record breaking 5th Gardner-Clark Medal (b&f) to prove he is back to his best despite a couple of injury interupted seasons. Harrison was weighing up his playing future this time last year with the arrival of a young one and perhaps a shift in priorities but his desicion to continue playing was well justified. Harrison started the season in fine form, amassing 50 Votes by round 10. He was able to hold off his fast finishing best mate in Nigel Carmody who came from about 20 votes down to finish second by around about 5 votes. For Carmody it was another fantastic season for the first year Captain and he will be severely unlucky not to claim a 1st finish before his playing days are over (2nd last 2 years by 2 and 5 Votes). Mathews finished not too far behind 3rd. For the reserves it was Peter Mercoulia who took it from (I think) Pat Mc Grath on abot 40 votes to 36 (or there abouts) Mercoulia who was in and out of the senior line up at stages this season only played around 12 games in 2's. Stefan Garruba took out best first year player. I didn't realise the kid is only 20 years old. Most Improved - Seniors Steven O'Bryan Captains Award - Seniors Luke Carratelli Coaches Award - Seniors Peter Mercoulia Goal Kicking Award - Seniors Justin Sweeney Best & Fairest - Reserves Peter Mercoulia Runner Up Best & Fairest – Reserves Pat McGrath Coaches Award - Reserves James Taylor * edit 11/10/07, Reason: peripheral awrds
theobserver
Great effort from Harrison. Been a good player for a long time. But was it a surprise Iceman? Weren't people out there thinking Nigel Carmody and Kyle Matthews would fight it out?
iceman
[quote="theobserver"]Great effort from Harrison. Been a good player for a long time. But was it a surprise Iceman? Weren't people out there thinking Nigel Carmody and Kyle Matthews would fight it out?[/quote] Harrisons start to the season was what did it for him, it cannot be underestimated...Remember the Scorps didn't have a very good start at all to the season being 1W 1D and 4L's. Nigel really started to have an impact from about round 7, 8 onwards which coincided with the form revival into the second half of the season. Mathews also didn't have his best start to the season as he learned to adapt to closer checking from opposition and as such had some slight role variations, he too started to hit his straps in the second half of the season. Harro maintained consistency throughout the rest of the year without the need or pressure to I suppose do it all himself, and was probably (not too sure) rested a bit more to make sure he got through the year. By the end of the season I suppose all the hype with finals appearance etc. thinking back generally people (including myself) could hardly remember the early rounds, and could only think of some of the outstanding games played by Nudge and Mathews, not that Harro didn't, but just not as recent as the other 2. But taking time to thnk back Harro was definately not a suprise.
theobserver
Like I said, good on him. It's a fantastic achievement to win five best and fairests at this level of football. Unfortunately for Harrison he's been a good and consistent player in a poor period for his club. As such it's hard to judge him against some of those great players Springvale used to have, like Knight, Caples, the Carroll boys, Delarue, even O'Donnell. How many fiunals has he played in? Two or three? I hope for his sake he stays around and plays in more. He and Nigel Cardomy deserve that sort of success. They've been tremendously loyal to that football club.