Brandon Oates, an unassuming 16-year-old key defender has taken out the development league best & fairest award thanks to his super-consistent debut season.
A graduate of the Ben Brown Academy, Oates wasn't expecting to play development league football this year, but his dedicated training post-COVID opened up a place in Round 1 and he didn't look back.
The 192cm Oates polled votes in every match of the 12-game season, sitting top three throughout the count before pulling away late.
"Brandon has been brilliant to work with over a number of years in our juniors and the Ben Brown Academy," club coach Paul Kennedy said.
"He showed really good mental and physical toughness, because stepping straight from U15 level to development league is a big step, but he had the courage to defend the way he had learned in academy training, and the courage to put his body on the line against older and stronger opponents.
"He is very coachable, and has great physical tools with his height and length, so I look forward to 'Boatsy' terrorising opposition forwards for many years to come."
Development League Award Winners
Best & Fairest - Brandon Oates
Runner Up - Brodie Carr
Most Potential - Luke Nicholson
Best Team Player - Isaac Manson
Most Consistent - Riley Oakley
Coach's Award - Ty Turner
Leading Goalkicker - Jake Roberts