AFL best and fairest awards 2009
Thursday 17 September
Crocs onballer second in Cairns AFL medal
After a terrible start to the season for the Port Douglas Crocs AFL Club, with lack of numbers and winning potential, the Club finished with a couple of wins at the end of the season and a near win at the Competition Medal Night on Monday night.
It was great to see the dedication and skill of Caydn Beetham has been recognized in 2009 season after his 'Stella' season winning the Port Douglas Crocs Best and Fairest for the second season in a row, and now coming close to winning the AFL Cairns 2009 Crathern Medal for Best and Fairest player for the whole competition.
South Cairns ruckman Andrew Browning was awarded the honour with 25 votes, but Port Douglas’ own Caydn Beetham finished very closely behind with 18 votes. Centrals Trinity Beach’s Josh Maher polled 16 coming in third.
It was great result for Beetham, if not a little disappointing, getting so close. If he had not been injured and subsequently missed a couple of games, he may well have taken out this prestigious top honour for the players.
The Crocs did have winner at the Monday night celebrations, with Brad Lawlor winning Mark of the Year for 2009.
The Port Douglas Crocs Under 18 team had a very successful season with the team reaching the Grand Final without losing a game. Unfortunately they stumbled at the last fence and lost. Ben McCartney, who played the majority of the Seniors games as well as all the U18 games, justifiably won the players award for the Cairns U18 Competition for 2009.