EAST Point might have dropped out of the premiership race early in the finals series, but is still very much a chance of picking up a valuable piece of silverware at the Henderson Medal on Monday night.
Kangaroos coach and spearhead Dan Jordan will go in as an undeniable favourite to win his second league medal, with his first coming in 2006 in his debut year in the Ballarat Football League.
Jordan has clearly been the standout goalkicker and without doubt the most influential player for his club.
Not only will his spectacular marks, 11 games with bags of at least six goals and big-game aura see him popular in the eyes of umpires, there will be few players within his team that will steal votes off him.
Teammate and powerhouse midfielder Hayden Walters could potentially pinch a few votes off Jordan early in the season, but Walters had more of a subdued back end of the year, which is where ‘DJ’ started to truly come into his own.
The fact Jordan has not missed a game all year, with the addition of a handful of near certain best-on-ground performances, certainly hold him in good stead.
Not that he will be without his challengers, though.
Looking to snare his third Henderson Medal in a row will be North Ballarat City vice-captain Jason McNamara.
McNamara has not been quite as electrifying in 2013 as his previous two seasons, but he is certainly in with a chance of claiming a memorable hat-trick.
Unlike Jordan, however, the reigning medallist probably has more teammates that could detract from his votes.
Derick Micallef, Tristan Cartledge, Marc Greig and Ayden George have all had massive games throughout the season that could see votes drift away from the North star.
Elsewhere, expect Redan’s Grant Bell to be up near the top of the leaderboard early.
Bell had a dazzling start to the year and, although he was somewhat quieter in the latter stages of the home-and-away season, should poll well.
Down the highway, there are a couple of Darley dark horses that would most likely be bigger names if they played football in Ballarat.
Devils pair Jake Edwards and Nathan Jackel should both receive a lot of votes, given their explosive game styles and high-impact performances.
For the side already in the grand final, it is difficult to see many Sunbury players posing a genuine threat.
Brett Chambers has arguably been the reigning premier’s best player this year, alongside Andrew Duhau, but it could be unlikely that a defender and a fresh face to the league will attract a huge amount of votes.
Otherwise, the Eastern Lions’ stars have missed too many games.
The Henderson Medal will be held at Melton’s Tabcorp Park on Monday, September 16.
LAST 10 WINNERS
2012 - Jason McNamara (Nth Ballarat City)
2011 - Jason McNamara (Nth Ballarat City)
2010 - Paul McMahon (Lake Wendouree)
2009 - Jarrod Edwards (Redan)
2008 - Jarrod Edwards (Redan)
2007 - Jarrod Edwards (Redan)
2006 - Jarrod Edwards (Redan) and Dan Jordan (East Point)
2005 - Ben Jordan (East Point)
2004 - Jason Watkins (Melton South)
2003 - Justin Lewis (Sunbury)