Willunga's Daniel Bass wins 2019 GSFL Mail Medal

Willunga's Daniel Bass has taken out the 2019 Mail Medal with 26 votes, ahead of McLaren's Brett Ellis (24) and Langhorne Creek's James Sellar (24).

It caps off two seasons of highly consistent football for Bass who has been an integral piece of Willunga's form in 2019.

The mobile ruckman reliably gives his fellow Demon on-ballers first look at the footy, and is exemplary in his follow up work.

Upon his acceptance of the medal from the Sunday Mail's Scott Walsh, Bass thanked the Willunga Football Club, its supporters and his fellow players for what he described as some recent years of great football.

He also laid down the gauntlet for this weekend's Semi-Final, saying he strongly believed the Demons could go all the way in 2019.

It will be a clash to behold during Saturday's match when he battles it out with runner-up James Sellar, in the much-anticipated Willunga versus Creek showdown.

Sellar might have pushed his case for the Medal last Wednesday night, had he not recently missed matches due to overseas travel, after having a comparably consistent season to Bass.

McLaren's Brett Ellis led the count for a large portion of the night, but it was Bass who polled most strongly in the second half of the season.

Mount Compass' Ziggy Vitkunas finished fourth on 22 votes, but had to compete with Copestick (18) and Pinyon (10) who each pinched votes from one another.

Yankalilla's Douglas Jones took out the Reserve's Medal with 20 votes, in what was an enthralling count.

In nail biting fashion, Jones beat out Rhys Evans of Mt Compass (19) and McLaren's John Atie (18) in the final round of the count.

Jones thanked all those gathered and was chuffed to see some reward for effort, after battling to get his body up and firing in recent years.

His resilience and commitment in the face of injury setbacks were key factors in achieving his top form in 2019.

The Goal Kicking Medal was taken out in predictable fashion by Mount Compass' Tom Pinyon, who kicked an astounding 112 goals during this year's minor round.

Pinyon has continued to kick 10 plus bags throughout the season, and became the first player in almost a decade to reach the magic milestone.

It was another Dog who took out the Reserve's Goal Kicking, with Sean Jensen finishing with 50 for the minor round.

Warm congratulations and applause also rang out on the night for newly inducted GSFL Life Members.

The honour was bestowed upon Player Life Members, Marcus Burdett and Bradley Haskett of Willunga, Trent Griffen of Goolwa/Port Elliot and Brendan Saunders of Langhorne Creek.

Also recognised were Kym Sewell and Julie Curran.

Kym has been highly involved with junior football across the GSFL for over 30 years and is a league stalwart.

In historic fashion, Julie Curran was worthily recognised as the League's first ever female Life Member.

Julie was the GSFL Assistant Secretary from 1978 to 2017 and has been a long time servant of the league, having been essential in getting it to its current position, through thousands of hours of dedicated work.


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