Atkinson named Demons’ best

Surfers Paradise defender, Sean Atkinson, has claimed the Surfers Paradise best and fairest.

Atkinson was one of the most consistent Demons this season and played in the QAFL representative side in June.

The half-back flanker pipped big ruckman, Michael Cunningham, in the vote count, with co-captain, Ryan Dienjes, finishing third.

After a couple of disrupted pre-seasons in the past, Atkinson said it was the uninterrupted preparation for this year that helped him to one of his best seasons yet.

“It was probably the first full pre-season I ‘ve done in the last two years so it was the first time I had a fair bit of fitness heading  into the year,” he said.

The Demons junior said it was thrilled to be counted among the club’s senior best and fairest winners.

“It’s awesome, I’m stoked,” he said.

“I’ve been at the club since Under 10s, so it was great (to win).”

Atkinson said he had really found his niche in the side,  in the Demons’ first QAFL season.

“It’s been by far my best season, I’ve been pretty settled the last year and a half,” he said.

“I’m starting to really get settled, that’s where I’ve played pretty much all year I’m enjoying it back there.”

Atkinson said the Demons were chomping at the bit to get stuck into 2015 pre-season, under new coach, Peter Young.

“I think everyone’s pretty keen to get into pre-season after the first year in the QAFL and everyone understands (what it takes),”he said.

The Haberfield family cleaned up on the best and fairest night, with 18 year-old Cassidy claiming the rookie of the Year and Brody winning the Valour Award, for his consistent season in the Demons’ defence.

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