WINNERS: Whitsunday Sea Eagles Under 14 player Jacob Dewis and Under 17 player Lachlan Draper with their Best and Fairest awards.
WINNERS: Whitsunday Sea Eagles Under 14 player Jacob Dewis and Under 17 player Lachlan Draper with their Best and Fairest awards. Shannen McDonald

WINNERS: Sea Eagles take out top spots

THE young talent at the Whitsunday Sea Eagles have dominated this footy season, with two players coming out on top.

Under-14 player Jacob Dewis and Under-17 player Lachlan Draper were named league best and fairest for their respective age groups at the recent AFL Mackay Junior League Medal presentation night.

Dewis's win was made even more remarkable as the awarded Under-14 Leigh Sharrock best and fairest.

The medal is named after Sea Eagles life member and club sponsor Leigh Sharrock.

Sharrock said the medal had been awarded to some big names in the past and had often been a sign of great things to come.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles club life member Leigh Sharrock with the recipient of the AFL Mackay Junior League Under 14's Best and Fairest Leigh Sharrock Medal Jacob Dewis, for the 2019 season.
Whitsunday Sea Eagles club life member Leigh Sharrock with the recipient of the AFL Mackay Junior League Under 14's Best and Fairest Leigh Sharrock Medal Jacob Dewis, for the 2019 season. Contributed

"It is quite a prestigious medal to win, as David Armitage won the medal around 15 years ago and went on to play more than 150 games for St Kilda," Sharrock said.

"It's a stepping stone for young players to move on through to a career in AFL."

Playing up a grade in the U17's on occasion, as well as his normal U14 games, Dewis said this had been his best season of footy playing so far.

 

Whitsunday Sea Eagles Under 14 player Jacob Dewis during the AFL Mackay Junior League 2019 season.
Whitsunday Sea Eagles Under 14 player Jacob Dewis during the AFL Mackay Junior League 2019 season. Contributed

"This year I've gone harder for the ball and been more involved in the game," he said.

"Whenever I've had a bad game, I've just tried to turn it around and just keep going.

"I love the game and love how it works and how you always have to be aware of your surroundings."

Draper, who also played senior football this year, said his best and fairest win this year was a result of seasons past.

 

Whitsunday Sea Eagles Under 17 player Lachlan Draper during the 2019 season of the AFL Mackay Junior League.
Whitsunday Sea Eagles Under 17 player Lachlan Draper during the 2019 season of the AFL Mackay Junior League. Contributed

"I came in second for Best and Fairest two years ago and fifth last year, so this has been a few years in the making," Draper said.

"The support at the club and all the coaches I've had, have really made a difference to my footy - they've always encouraged me, putting me in different positions and helping me get to the next level."

Local talent further stood out at the awards night in the U14's with Tate Jackson coming second and Adam Raymant coming fourth in goal kicking with 52 goals and 31 gaols respectively for the regular season.


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