Encounter Bay junior footballers scoop Great Southern medals

BLUE AND GOLD: Encounter Bay's Kyle Hayter won the Great Southern Football League Senior Colts goal kicking and Lachlan Costello won the Best and Fairest award.
BLUE AND GOLD: Encounter Bay's Kyle Hayter won the Great Southern Football League Senior Colts goal kicking and Lachlan Costello won the Best and Fairest award.

The Great Southern Football League held its Junior Best and Fairest awards at the Encounter Bay Football Club on Wednesday, September 5.

In a tight count, Encounter Bay’s Lachlan Costello won the Senior Colts Best and Fairest by one vote.

Costello polled 19 votes, one more than Myponga/Sellicks-Yankalilla’s Kain Spinks, Mount Compass’ Jack Guy and Willunga’s Arlo Draper. All three finished on 18 votes.

The leading goal kicker in the Senior Colts competition was also from Encounter Bay. Kyle Hayter won the award with 38 goals from Willunga’s James Lawton who kicked 31.   

UP AND COMING: Great Southern Football League Junior Colts Best and Fairest Oakley Johnson and leading goal kicker Bailey Payne.

UP AND COMING: Great Southern Football League Junior Colts Best and Fairest Oakley Johnson and leading goal kicker Bailey Payne.

Junior Colts Best and Fairest award winner was Encounter Bay’s Oakley Johnson, who polled 37 votes, one more than Strathalbyn’s Isaac Birt. 

Willunga’s Angus Bradley was third with 28 votes and Bailey Payne from Goolwa/Port Elliot was fourth on 24. 

Payne had a great season in the junior colts competition, as he also won the goal kicking award after booting 68 goals for the season. 

Josh Wenham from Encounter Bay was runner up on 51 goals.   

TOP CLUB: South Adelaide under 18 coach Mark Clayton (centre) presented the Victor Harbor Football Club with the Pathway award. With the footballs are Harrison Grenfell, Zac Dowling, Henry Martin, Dylan Kleinig and Corey Williams.

TOP CLUB: South Adelaide under 18 coach Mark Clayton (centre) presented the Victor Harbor Football Club with the Pathway award. With the footballs are Harrison Grenfell, Zac Dowling, Henry Martin, Dylan Kleinig and Corey Williams.

South Adelaide were well represented on the night by South Adelaide under 18 coach Mark Clayton.

Although the senior sides are no longer figuring in the SANFL finals, the under 18s are still going and Clayton paid tribute to the players, coaches and administrators in the Great Southern Football League.

“The numbers are growing with players representing South Adelaide, not just at under age level, but also at senior level. With this involvement the club is having outstanding success,” Clayton said.

Clayton presented the South Adelaide Club Pathway Award which was awarded to the Victor Harbor Football Club.  

Victor Harbor won the award for providing the greatest representation at South Adelaide in 2018.

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