Fisher finishes seven clear to claim CHFL medal

LUKE Fisher is Springbank’s second-ever Geoff Taylor Medallist after a big win in Monday night’s Central Highlands Football League senior best and fairest award.

BEST: Springbank’s Luke Fisher celebrates with his partner Ronnie Couch after being named the seniors’ best and fairest in the Central Highlands Football League on Monday night. 
PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

BEST: Springbank’s Luke Fisher celebrates with his partner Ronnie Couch after being named the seniors’ best and fairest in the Central Highlands Football League on Monday night. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

The Tigers onballer racked up 29 votes throughout the home and away rounds to finish seven clear of joint runners-up Joel Mahar (Bungaree) and Michael Cummings (Daylesford).

Fisher polled nine best-on-ground performances to record the highest tally since Daylesford veteran Luke Adams, who also managed 29 votes in both 2006 and 

2007.

The 23-year-old accepted the award after a standing ovation at Bray Raceway.

“There could have been probably 15-20 blokes that could have won the medal tonight, but it just goes on what (umpires) see on that day,” Fisher said.

“By no means did I come here expecting this at all, but I’m not going to give it back to anyone.”

Fisher is currently in his third season with the GJ Gardner Tigers, which he joined from Ballarat Swans in 2012.

He finished the league best and fairest in a tie for fourth behind Hepburn ace Andy McKay that year and played just part of the season in an interrupted 

2013 campaign, only getting back for games when free of work commitments in 

Darwin.

Fisher joins James Hall – who won in 2000 – as the only other Springbank Geoff Taylor Medal winner and takes over the honour from last year’s victor Nick Sullivan, from Waubra.

Fisher and his Springbank teammates kept their season alive with an elimination final victory over Learmonth on Sunday, setting up a semi- final clash with Hepburn this weekend.

Meanwhile, Beaufort’s Adrian Beer was an emphatic winner of the reserves grade best and fairest.

Beer finished the count on 32 votes, 11 ahead of Daylesford’s Sam Winnard and a further one clear of Bernard Whelan, from 

Ballan.

The Crow played 14 games in season 2014, where he was judged best-on-ground six times in a consistent year.

tim.oconnor@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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