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Nathan Pollard of Lindenow South is the 2021 ODFNL Best & Fairest award winner.

In a Zoom hosted presentation on Friday August 6th, the Omeo & District FNL declared the Swampies playing coach as the winner of the prestigious award, finishing on 15 votes – two votes ahead of Swifts Creek Travis Balmer.

Lindenow South team mate Sam Howden finished third in the tally with 12 votes, while former winner Cody Graske from Omeo-Benambra finished fourth in the count with 11 votes.

Pollard polled in seven of the eleven home & away games and was adjudicated best afield in rounds one and three.

Pollard is congratulated on becoming senior coach of Lindenow South in 2020. Image via Swampies 2021 Season FB group.

With one round to go, Pollard lead all comers with 13 votes. Nipping on his heals were Howden and Graske on 11 votes and Balmer on 10.

Cody Graske kicked 4 goals and was named best in his side’s Round 11 win against Bruthen, yet failed to receive a vote from the umpires, who gave the 3-2-1 to Trent Heesom, Campbell Ahsam and Matthew Cunningham respectively. Graske was actually equal leader with Pollard of the count at the end of Round 7 with 11 votes, but failed to poll anymore votes after this round.

Balmer drew 3 votes for his game against Buchan, drawing level with Pollard.

Pollard then was announced to receive 2 votes in his game against Swan Reach, moving clear into first spot and proclaimed the winner.

This also marks the first time Bruthen’s Harley Kenner has not won the award since 2016. Kenner went back-to-back in 2017-18 and was joint winner with Jamie Barton and Cody Graske in 2019. Kenner finished equal fifth this season with 9 votes.


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