‘Percy’ pipped at post

October 04, 2017

Michael Roberts launches the ball into attack.

Nagambie’s Michael Roberts — or ‘‘Percy’’ as he is almost universally known — finished runner-up in Thursday’s McNamara Medal count, just pipped at the post by fast-finishing Violet Town midfielder Sam Poole.

Avenel duo Michael Morgan and Don Stirling finished third and fourth, respectively.

What makes Roberts’ placing even more remarkable is he only played 11 games for the season, yet still polled 23 votes to finish just two votes behind Poole.

Roberts notched up votes in eight of his 11 games, and seven of those were best-on-ground efforts.

Roberts led Poole by five votes with five rounds to go, but Poole surged home to poll nine out a possible 12 votes in the final five rounds (Violet Town had a bye for one of the games) to claim the win.

On the other hand, Roberts only played two of the final five rounds — he was injured for two games, and the Lakers played Ardmona in another round, which does not have a senior side.

He polled three votes in one of the games, and did not poll in the other.

Avenel playing coach Stirling was another fast finisher, notching up votes in all of the Swans’ games in the last five rounds to finish on 17 votes, while Morgan polled steadily throughout the count to finish on 18.

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