Cassidy takes out best and fairest

TOP HONOUR: Consistent Rooster Lachlan Cassidy won North Ballarat's best and fairest award on Saturday night. Picture: Kate Healy.

TOP HONOUR: Consistent Rooster Lachlan Cassidy won North Ballarat's best and fairest award on Saturday night. Picture: Kate Healy.

Lachlan Cassidy was crowned the North Ballarat Roosters best and fairest on Saturday night.

Cassidy played all 18 matches this season and was named in the best on nine occasions.

He polled 154 votes to win the Allen L Stott memorial medal, finishing 16 votes clear of Oliver Tate while Lachlan George and Nick Rippon finished equal-third with 128 votes each.

In what was a presentation night held in difficult circumstances, just two days after the club was told it would not receive a VFL licence in 2018, there was undoubtedly an unusual feeling in the room.

Tony Lockyer, Ben Lusby and Oliver Tate received the most valuable teammate award, Lane Buckwell was acknowledged for his impressive debut season with the best first-year player award.

Shaun Lyle received the most improved award, Ben Lusby the encouragement award while Andrew Hooper was the leading goal-kicker for the season with 29 majors.

Lindsay Pritchard received the best club person award.