Stobaus leads votes for El-Vee award

INGLEWOOD’S Cody Stobaus won a closely-fought contest for the El-vee award in the 2021 Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League’s senior footy.

Each club voted for the best player in their team on a three, two, one basis.

The long-running award is backed by Bart ‘n Print, long-time and award-winning publisher of the league’s weekly program.

A key player for the Inglewood Blues, Stobuas scored 20 votes to claim the El-vee honour.

Runner-up was Newbridge’s Harry Whittle on 16.

A great season for Whittle was capped by polling 15 votes to win the Frank Harding Medal as the league’s fairest and best player.

Calivil United’s gun recruit Brad Childs scored 15 votes to be third in the El-vee award.

Childs joined the Demons after a long stint at South Bendigo which included being playing coach, and also as a player at Shepparton Swans in the Goulburn Valley Football League.

He was a premiership winner with the Swans in 2014.

Fourth placegetter in the El-vee award was Newbridge’s Logan Dixon on 14 votes.

Next best were Newbridge’s Ryan Burt and Bears Lagoon-Serpentine’s Nathan Twigg locked on 13 votes.

A great run by Twigg included being runner-up for the Harding Medal on 13 votes at a ratio of 1.18.

In the race for the senior goalkicking award, Bridgewater’s Josh Martyn capped a great season by booting 57 in 12 matches.

Runner-up was Pyramid Hill’s Braidy Dickens, 50 in 12 games.

Marong star Kain Robins kicked 49 in 12 matches.

Mitiamo’s Tyrone Downie was next best on 42 in 11 games.

In just six matches for Marong, Brandyn Grenfell booted 39 goals.

Grenfell’s first match for the Panthers was on June 19 where he kicked 10 goals in the round eight clash on Inglewood’s turf at Dissy Machinery Oval.

Mitiamo clubmates Tim Brooks and Ryan Wellington were locked on 30 goals from 12 and 10 matches.

Next best were Pyramid Hill’s Bailey George, 29; Bridgewater’s Alex Powell, 27; Marong’s Adrian Pappin and Pyramid Hill’s Mitchell Cheesman, 22; Maiden Gully YCW’s Matt Gray, 21; and Bridgewater’s Andy Collins and Mitiamo’s Brent Downie on 20 from 11 and seven games.

Written by Nathan Dole.