TRARALGON Tyers United midfielder Brian Graham claimed back-to-back North Gippsland Football Netball League best and fairest awards in a tie with Rosedale dynamo Rohan Diamond for the top honour last Wednesday.
Graham and Diamond polled 22 votes to jointly claim the Sel Burley medal, finishing five clear of TTU coach Matt Stolarczyk.
Heyfield midfielder Jack Woodland was close behind on 16 votes from Jordon Bourke of Cowwarr and Glengarry’s Josh King on 15 votes.
Graham followed in the footsteps of father Brian Graham Senior, who was also a two-time winner of the award.
The TTU midfielder has been a model of consistency for the second placed Bombers; his athleticism in packs and around the ball was an impetus in providing penetration in the Bombers’ forward structure.
Known for his loud coloured boots and flashy play, Graham finished the season on 50 goals, running forward in most matches to score.
Having played all his junior football at Rosedale, Diamond cemented his place in the senior lineup as an underage player.
Diamond is typically closely checked by the opposition, however the tag does not halt the 20 year-old playmaker’s drive and determination.
Cowwarr’s Tim Johnston claimed the senior leading goal kicker award, while reserves player Chris Trbovich capped off a successful season with the Kangaroos to claim the second tier title with 54 majors.