The 2017 Minahan Medal Best and Fairest night was held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on Saturday 16th September in front of a large crowd.
Hosted by Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan, the night began with an official Welcome to Country performed by Phil Alice from Santa Theresa.
Michelle Ellis from Pioneer E-girls won the Yeperenye Margaret Liddle Medal after a great season and will play in this weekend’s grand final against Alkamilya who are going for their fifth premiership in a row.
Henry Impu from West Football Club won the coveted Minahan Medal on 16 votes after being runner up in last year’s count while exciting Rovers forward Gibson Turner won the Leading Goal Kicker award on 56 goals.
Umpire Barry Georgopoulos was awarded life membership for his services to the game.
AFLNT’s Footballer Operations Manager for Central Australia Simon Hargreave said “It was a great night to recognize 70 years of football in Alice Springs and to also welcome more footballers into the Alice Springs history books.”
Full list of award winners below
Jayden Forbes (Federal) 16 Goals - AJ SERVICES UNDER 15 LEADING GOAL
Ariki Lowe (Federal) 17 Votes - QUIT 100 UNDER 15 BEST AND FAIREST
Darius Kenny (Pioneer) 28 Goals - TJ SIGNS UNDER 18 LEADING GOAL
Darius Kenny (Pioneer) 13 Votes - BIG4 MAC RANGE CARAVAN PARK MULDOON MEDAL
Travis Ross (Western Aranda) 5 Goals - HOT STUFF FOR THE SPORTING BUFF COUNTRY UNDER 18 LEADING GOAL
Edrick Coulthard (Western Aranda) 6 Votes - MACDONNELL REGIONAL COUNCIL WENTON RUBUNTJA MEDAL
Dominic Forbes (Federal) - MACDONNELL REGIONAL COUNCIL RISING STAR AWARD
Lester Lionel (Titjikala) 10 Goals - HOT STUFF FOR THE SPORING BUFF COMMUNITY CUP LEADING GOAL
Zibeon Fielding (Titjikala) 10 Votes - BATCHELOR INSTITUTE GUS WILLIAMS MEDAL
Thomas Gorey (Ltyentye Apurte) 25 Goals - HOT STUFF FOR THE SPORTING BUFF COUNTRY LEAGUE LEADING GOAL
Marcus McDonald (MacDonnell Districts) and Geoffrey Pareroultja (Western Aranda) 10 Votes - BATCHELOR INSTITUTE EDWIN PAREROULTJA MEDAL
Barry Georgopoulos (Umpire) - LIFE MEMBER INDUCTION
Graham Hayes (Ltyentye Apurte) - THRIFTY HARRISON TROPHY
Hamish Robertson - TIO GOLDEN WHISTLE
Adam Davis (Rovers) - SPIRIT OF FOOTBALL AWARD
Ltyentye Apurte Football Club - BATCHELOR INSTITUTE PROFESSIONAL CLUB AWARD
Rovers Football Club - BATCHELOR INSTITUTE PROFESSIONAL CLUB AWARD
Matthew Mulladad (Pioneer) 45 Goals - PETER KITTLE RESERVES LEADING GOAL
Jake Butler (Rovers) 12 Votes - TDC REFRIGERATION PATRONS MEDAL
Jordann Hickey (Rovers) 42 Goals - INTERSPORT WOMENS’ LEADING GOAL
Michelle Ellis (E-Girls) 18 Votes -YEPERENYE MARGARET LIDDLE MEDAL
Gibson Turner (Rovers) 56 Goals - TIO SENIORS LEADING GOAL
Henry Impu (West) 16 Votes - TIO MINAHAN MEDAL