Kory Beard wins Port Lincoln Football League Mail Medal

MEDALLIST: Marble Range's Kory Beard, pictured in action against Lincoln South's Kadyn Bryant in Sunday's first semi final, has won the 2020 Port Lincoln Football League Mail Medal.
MEDALLIST: Marble Range's Kory Beard, pictured in action against Lincoln South's Kadyn Bryant in Sunday's first semi final, has won the 2020 Port Lincoln Football League Mail Medal.

Kory Beard has become the first Marble Range player since 2008 to win the Port Lincoln Football League's biggest individual prize after being announced as the 2020 Mail Medallist on Wednesday evening.

The league did not have a ceremony this year, instead streaming the counts for all junior and senior grades directly to the clubs.

For the Mail Medal count, Beard finished with 10 votes, polling in six out of eight matches, to finish one vote ahead of Wayback's Shaun Maxfield.

Teammates Lance Appleby and Luke Harder finished equal third with Wayback's Sam Heinjus on eight votes.

Maxfield polled three first preference votes in rounds two, four and six but with five votes in the last three rounds, Beard came home to claim the medal.

Beard said he was humbled to take out the 2020 medal.

He becomes the first Marble Range player to win the medal since Hayden Parker in 2008.

Beard came to Marble Range after retiring from Sturt in the SANFL in 2017.

He said his focus this year had been on enjoying his football and the camaraderie of his Marble Range teammates.

"In the first couple of years I put alot of pressure on myself and didn't enjoy my footy as much as I should have," he said.

"This year I've ejoyed playing footy, the camaraderie and everything that comes with footy.

"I enjoy being on the Eyre Peninsula and playing footy in Port Lincoln."

Marble Range coach Boyd West said the club anticipated he would win the Mail Medal after the fantastic season he had in 2020.

"I think he elevates players around his through his leadership, his commitment to football and his passion for it," he said.

"He embodies everything that Marble Range is."

For Marble Range attention turns to this Saturday's preliminary final against Tasman for a chance to face Wayback in the grand final on September 26.

Beard said Tasman were a very good side but the Rangers were confident going into the weekend's game.

In other A grade awards Best Team Man was a tie with Wayback's Xavier Watson and Tasman's Brodie White winning with seven votes, while Best Under 21 was also a tie with Lincoln South's Waylon Miller and Tasman's Jacob Collins winning with 11 votes.

Wayback's Jonty Seal was named Leading Goalkicker, finishing the minor rounds with 38 goals.

In the reserves the Earl Family Medal had an interesting result with the winners determined on a countback.

Four players finished with seven votes, however Lincoln South's Greg Rowley and Wayback's Josh Spurling were the equal winners as they had polled the most first preference votes.

Marble Range's Guy Hutchinson and Tasman's Dom Denton also finished with seven votes.

In the junior awards Wayback's Dannen Blacker finished six votes clear to win the Under 17 Best and Fairest, ahead of Tasman players Jaiden Jude, Toby Casanova and Daniel Gobin.

Marble Range's Henry Turnbull won the Under 15 Best and Fairest by two votes from Boston's Bodhi Fauser and Tasman's Ashton Hartwig dominated the polling to win the Under 13 Best and Fairest by seven votes.

Results and polling can be seen below.

A GRADE

AWARDS

Mail Medal: Kory Beard (Marble Range) - 10 votes

Runner up: Shaun Maxfield (Wayback) - 9 votes

Best Team Man: Xavier Watson (Wayback) and Brodie White (Tasman) - 7 votes

Best Under 21: Waylon Miller (Lincoln South) and Jacob Collins (Tasman) - 11 votes

Leading Goalkicker: Jonty Seal (Wayback) - 38 goals

POLLING

Boston - 1 vote

Malcolm Miller - 1

Lincoln South - 25 votes

Levi McDonald - 6

Hayden Carey - 5

Kingsley Bilney Jnr - 5

Paul White - 2

Joe Walker - 2

Luke Wilkins - 2

Leonard Wells - 2

Kerren Hall - 1

Marble Range - 29 votes

Kory Beard - 10

Lance Appleby - 8

Luke Harder - 8

Reece Francis - 2

Joseph Burgoyne - 1

Tasman - 32 votes

Stephen Crettenden - 6

Tyson Jenner - 6

Jesse Chandler - 5

Brodie White - 4

Michael Crettenden - 3

Johann Wagner - 3

Jacob Collins - 2

Kody Rosalia - 1

Cody Mason - 1

Rhyce Beinke - 1

Wayback - 33 votes

Shaun Maxfield - 9

Sam Heinjus - 8

Jonty Seal - 6

Thomas Easson - 3

James Blewit - 3

Xavier Watson - 3

Jaxen Norton - 1

RESERVES

AWARDS

Earl Family Medal: Greg Rowley (Lincoln South) and Josh Spurling (Wayback) - 7 votes (won on countback)

Runner up: Guy Hutchinson (Marble Range) - 7 votes

Best Team Man: Cain Reynolds (Lincoln South) - 9 votes

Leading Goalkicker: Dylan Vonderwall (Marble Range) - 13 goals

POLLING

Boston - 8 votes

Kane Tiller - 3

Frazer Jordison - 3

Trent Polkinghorne - 1

Janna Daw - 1

Lincoln South - 27 votes

Greg Rowley - 7

Colby Syvertsen - 4

Leonard Wells - 3

Coen Taylor - 3

Camden Madden - 2

Swayne Ackland - 2

Tex Holman - 2

Brody Kenny - 2

Connor Marshall - 1

Bayley Dunning - 1

Marble Range - 31 votes

Guy Hutchinson - 7

Hippy Wanganeen - 5

Levi Smith - 5

Luke Harder - 3

Liam Dennis - 3

Ali Johncock - 2

Dylan Vonderwall - 2

Billy Byass - 1

Clint Beard - 1

Samuel Haskett - 1

Corey Paech - 1

Tasman - 21 votes

Dom Denton - 7

Brandon Rosalia - 4

Rav Prakash - 3

Cade Wright - 2

Jack Bunder - 2

Marcus Gobin - 2

Oscar White - 1

Wayback - 33 votes

Josh Spurling - 7

Jay Rich - 6

Riley Hatcher - 5

Brayden Martin - 5

Joshua McKenzie - 4

Stephen Conlon - 3

Elliott Claxton - 2

Taner Schlink - 1

UNDER 17

AWARDS

Best and Fairest: Dannen Blacker (Wayback) - 13 votes

Runners up: Jaiden Jude, Toby Casanova and Daniel Gobin (Tasman) - 8 votes

Rising Star: Jamayah Craig (Lincoln South)

Leading Goalkicker: Toby Casanova (Tasman) - 31 goals

POLLING

Boston - 1 vote

Oliver Sellen - 1

Lincoln South - 22 votes

Tyson Pratt - 7

Jamayah Craig - 7

Jesse Ambrose - 3

Liam Gerber - 3

Zac Kenny - 2

Marble Range - 19 votes

Thomas Bradford - 6

Joshua Bradford - 4

Will Charlton - 4

Price Marshall - 3

Charlie Richardson - 1

Eli Giddings - 1

Tasman - 39 votes

Jaiden Jude - 8

Toby Casanova - 8

Daniel Gobin - 8

Thomas Laas - 4

Brodie Higgins - 3

Joe Harris - 3

Henry Price - 2

Cameron Izzo - 2

Ethan Parsons - 1

Wayback - 39 votes

Dannen Blacker - 14

Wilson McShane - 6

Beau Baldwin - 4

Phoenix Foster - 3

Beau Sampson - 3

Saxon Spencer - 2

Jay Mullins - 2

Ashton Whittle - 2

Ned West - 2

Toby Modra - 1

UNDER 15

AWARDS

Best and Fairest: Henry Turnbull (Marble Range) - 17 votes

Runner up: Bodhi Fauser (Boston) - 15 votes

Rising Star: Jacob Newton (Tasman)

Leading Goalkicker: River Doudle (Marble Range) - 17 goals

POLLING

Boston - 27 votes

Bodhi Fauser - 15

Latrell Sumner - 7

Cody Selwyn-Shore - 3

Jack Maximus Meffert - 2

Lincoln South - 25 votes

Connor Madden - 13

Archer Van Doorn - 8

Tristan Edwards - 3

Sebastian Henderson - 1

Marble Range - 36 votes

Henry Turnbull - 17

Cooper Miller - 10

Archer Pertzel - 4

Charlie Turnbull - 2

Will Symonds - 2

Ashur Miller-Pickett - 1

Tasman - 19 votes

Jacob Newton - 9

Oz Richardson - 7

Hudson Franks - 2

Jacob Parsons - 1

Wayback - 13 votes

Ezra Foster - 5

Bailey Fraser - 3

Darcy Claughton - 3

Archie Aldridge - 2

UNDER 13

AWARDS

Best and Fairest: Ashton Hartwig (Tasman) - 19 votes

Runner up: Henry Challinger (Lincoln South) - 12 votes

Rising Star: Tyree Burgoyne (Lincoln South)

Leading Goalkicker: Phoenyx Lapsley-Forrest (Tasman) - 11 goals

POLLING

Boston - 12 votes

Robert Varcoe - 8

Marlie Fauser - 2

Finn Crawford - 2

Lincoln South - 35 votes

Henry Challinger - 12

Balyn O'Brien - 10

Tyree Burgoyne - 8

Zackariah Young - 5

Marble Range - 25 votes

Zade Hearfield - 6

Yarra Mickan - 6

Harvey Pearce - 5

Robert Darby - 4

Majoor Ackland - 3

Missy Doudle - 1

Tasman - 30 votes

Ashton Hartwig - 19

Mac Seal - 8

Joey Lienert - 2

Riley Schubert - 1

Wayback - 16 votes

Hayden Peak - 8

Dusty Symonds - 6

Joel Modra - 2

This story Beard judged best in 2020 first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.

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