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Marshall bros claim Best and Fairests

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October 04, 2017

Chris Marshall was recently awarded the Jerilderie Seniors’ Best and Fairest Award.

Marshall polled 84 votes with James Gilligan named runner up with 46 votes.

It was a double for the Marshall family, with Chris’ younger brother Stephen taking out the reserves Best and Fairest count.

Stephen polled 38 votes to run away with the win, with Lachlan Watson finishing a close second with 31 votes.

Chris said it was unreal to win beside his brother.

‘‘It was his first win so it was pretty special,’’ he said.

‘‘It feels good to win (a Best and Fairest), though a shame we only won four games, but that’s footy.

‘‘I’m proud to win the award and I’m looking forward to the talent that will boost the senior side in the next few years.

‘‘I have a great group of players around me and some exciting talent coming up through the thirds.

‘‘The thirds didn’t lose a game all season so having these players is something to look forward to,’’ Marshall said.

This is the fourth time the seniors’ captain was awarded the Best and Fairest with his last one coming in 2012.

Marshall not only took away best and fairest on the night but was also awarded life membership along side Peter Keating to add to his 200 game milestone from earlier this year.

‘‘It was good to play my 200th against Berrigan; unfortunately we lost by a point but it was still a great day.

‘‘To receive life membership is unbelievable and to do it alongside the new hall of fame inductees is pretty special.’’

Other seniors results included Most Improved Dylan Henry, Most Courageous James McRae, Coach’s Award Brad Parker, and Leading Goal Kicker Aaron Purcell (33 goals).

Outgoing Jerilderie senior coach Josh Hillary was impressed with the efforts of his best and fairest winner.

‘‘I couldn’t speak more highly of how Chris (Marshall) goes about his footy,’’ he said.

‘‘He’s had a super consistent year once again and was a crucial part of our midfield.

‘‘James Gilligan was a huge pick up for us this season and the versatility he showed each week was impressive.

‘‘Shaun Bryce only played six games and polled quite heavily.

‘‘If we had a full season out of him then he probably would’ve won and we might have had a few more results go our way.’’

Reserves results included the following: Most Improved Jordy Hawkins, Most Determined Cameron Arnold and Leading Goal Kicker Ned Beasley (11 goals).

Jordan Jeffrey was awarded the best under 21 player.

At the junior best and fairest award night, Mitch A’Vard won the thirds best and fairest and Zander Nash won the fourths.

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