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Coopers Friday Night Footy - Superb finals series secures Moore's first Nipperess Medal

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Coopers Friday Night Footy - Superb finals series secures Moore's first Nipperess Medal

Andrew Thomson

Former Senior captain and dual Premiership player Gerard Moore took home the Woodsmen’s Best and Fairest Award, the Nipperess Medal, polling 34 votes to be ahead of joint Runners-up in Andrew Thomson and Sam Curtis on 29 votes.

Slightly different to the Seniors, Reserves and Colts - the Woodsmen B&F is decided by a single voting card each week with votes tallied 1-6.

Thomson shot out to an early lead before a mid season purple patch from Curtis, where he polled 21 votes in a 4 week stretch, saw him take a slight lead into the finals.  With both Curtis and Thomson unavailable for the qualifying final, a strong showing from Moore brought him one vote shy of Curtis heading into the Preliminary Final.  While the Woodsmen went down in another tight one, anyone who was at the game knew Moore had the medal firmly in his grasp with a clear best on ground performance earning him a maximum 6 votes, while Thomson's 4 votes brought him level with Curtis.

In 3rd place was Chris Davis, who also took out the prestigious Woody's Woody (Players Player) Award for the 2nd year running.

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Other award winners were Senior Assistant Coach Sam Long, who ironically took out the Scott Keane Medal (Coaches Award), Andrew Bell for 'Hard Wood' (hardest at the footy), Rick Masterson and Daniel Hitchcock as joint winners of 'Club Wood' for Best Clubman, Rick Masterson the Rising Woody (Best First Year Player) and rounding out the awards was playing coach, Chris Mihalopoulos as the leading goalkicker with 43.

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