On Monday September 18th at Crown's River Room, Bede Mahon added to his to growing awards tally by claiming the Woodrow medal as the Best & Fairest for the VAFA Premier competition.
After a season of struggles the Blacks finally found something to celebrate! Mahon started off the vote count slowly, polling his first votes with a best on ground performance in the round five win against St Bedes/Mentone. It then took him until round nine to poll his next lot of votes, but Mahon stormed home claiming nine votes from the last four rounds.
With two rounds still to be counted Mahon sat three votes behind leader Ross Young (University Blues), what followed was two best on ground performances in the final two rounds for Mahon. The first of those came from the big 71-point win over Old Xaverians, while the second came from the strong performance shown by Mahon and the Blacks against eventual VAFA Premier winners St Kevin's Old Boys. This outstanding finish saw Mahon the eventual winner by three votes from Young and Mitchell Brown (St Kevin's Old Boys).
This win was the first Woodrow medal win by a Blacks player since H.A. Meredith in 1952. Overall Mahon's win now means that the Blacks have been home to three Woodrow medal winners, with the first winner being Denis Cordner in 1948.
Mahon was also one of three Blacks players to be named to the VAFA Premier Team of the Year with Hugh Curnow and the dangerous Lochy Dornauf the other Black's players to be recognised for their fine seasons.
The University Blacks are immensely proud of Bede and everything that he provides for the club and we look forward to the future seasons with Bede!
Final Vote Tally for Blacks Players
Bede Mahon - 17 votes (Woodrow Medal winner)
Hugh Curnow - 11 votes
Lochy Dornauf - 7 votes
Joel Ernest - 4 votes
Joshua Steadman, John Vrodos - 3 votes
Samuel Bennett - 2 votes
Harry Allen, Tyrone Bean, Lachlan Huntington - 1 vote