Despite missing nearly two thirds of the season, Orange Tigers’ Josh Bubnich has come third in the Central West AFL best and fairest count, alongside teammate Dan Sadler.
Both Sadler and Bubnich picked up nine votes, just one shy of Young’s Brad McKinnon, while Sebastian Matheson from the Bathurst Bushrangers was a clear winner on 14 votes.
Bubnich’s return in round 12 saw him finish with five goals from the midfield, and prompted coach Dale Hunter to praise his leadership.
“He’s a great guy for our younger players to learn from,” Hunter said.
In the under 14s, Charlie Kemp finished in second in the league best and fairest with 13 votes, beaten by Nash Huthings from the Bathurst Giants with 16.
The under 12s Tigers had two players recognised in the top three, with Matt Brown running away to win by eight votes.
His teammate Tom Bock finished third with 17 votes, one behind Cowra’s Jake Roberts in second.
Kirsty Mansell was nominated for volunteer of the year, but the award was taken out by the Bushrangers’ Graeme Grundy.
The Bushrangers also took out the merit award, with Brian Matheson winning the CWAFL’s award, while also being nominated for the state merit award, finishing in the top three.