Heath Scotland has launched grand final week by being named Ballarat Football League coach of the year.
Scotland lifted Darley to third position on the BFL ladder and will lead the Devils into battle against Bacchus Marsh in the grand final at Mars Stadium on Saturday.
He returned to Darley this year – the club where he played as a junior before embarking on a distinguished AFL playing career with Collingwood and Carlton.
Scotland was also named on a half back flank in the BFL team of the year.
B: Ryan Luke (North Ballarat City), Trent Angwin (Bacchus Marsh), Jackson Bolton (Bacchus Marsh)
HB: Nathan Horbury (Redan), Ben Hayes (Lake Wendouree), Heath Scotland (Darley)
C: Simon McCartin (North Ballarat City), Nick Peters (Lake Wendouree), Chris Graham (Darley)
HF: Ben Taylor (Lake Wendouree), Kyle Docherty (Darley), Alik Magin (Sunbury)
F: Nathan Pring (Lake Wendouree), Lucas Anderson (Lake Wendouree), Braedan Kight (Melton)
R: Paul Koderenko (East Point), Brian Graham (Darley), Scott Sherlock (Bacchus Marsh)
INTER: Shane Page (Darley) c, Mark Lynch (Melton South), Dean Heta (Bacchus Marsh), Steve Clifton (Lake Wendouree)
LAKE Wendouree’s Tim Malone was named the AFL Goldfields Coaches Association coach of the year.
He returned to Lakers this year to take up the coaching role.
Reserves best and fairest: Anthony Sammut (Sunbury) 23 votes.
Under-18.5 best and fairest: Dallas Martin (East Point) 22 votes.