GORDON hard-man Josh Lee loves the tough stuff.
Lee’s no-nonsense displays in the Eagles’ midfield have been acknowledged with The Courier Footballer of the Year award.
The 22-year-old secured a four-vote win last night, clear of Skipton recruit Tyrone Ross.
Lee, who joined the Eagles from Lake Wendouree out of the under-18s, where he won a league goal-kicking award, said he had relished playing in the Gordon engine room.
“When I first came out to Gordon I played at full forward and kicked a few goals, but wasn’t really enjoying it. We played Daylesford in the wet and freezing cold one day and the coach threw me in the midfield and I played alright.
“I’ve never looked back from there. I love it. I love the hard contest.”
Carngham-Linton star Nathan Pring was third in a tie with Creswick’s Steve Patterson, seven votes behind Lee.
The award is based on 3-2-1 votes from opposition clubs during the home and away rounds.
Meanwhile, Springbank was celebrating a historic victory in the club championship award last night.
The Tigers (274 points) collected the Merv and Mary Howard Champion Club shield for the first time ahead of Bungaree (260) and Waubra (260).
“It’s special to us because of the quality of the competition we have to play against every week,” Springbank president Anthony Simpson said.
Points are allocated based on wins in football and netball throughout the season.
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