Second B&F for Panther

Nathan Kinch won his second Devery Kelly Medal, as Morningside’s best and fairest, on Saturday night.

Kinch joins Jacob Gough and David Lillico as dual winners of the medal, since it was first awarded under that name in 2000.

Kinch finished on 440 votes, beating out retiring captain, Paul Shelton, by 15 votes, with emerging midfielder, Alastair Nash, third just two behind.

The 27 year-old was one of four Panthers to play every game this season, certainly helping him in a close count.

Kinch was prolific in defence and attack for the Panthers through the season, kicking 23 goals running off the half-back flank.

The 2008 Grogan Medallist was one of the most consistent Panthers in their QAFL premiership year, but said he was surprised to pick up the award.

“I reckon there were 10 blokes in line that could have won it,” he said.

“I thought I had a pretty consistent season and I was happy with the way it ended up.”

it has been a big year for Kinch, who played his 150th match for the Panthers in Rd 16 , as well as being named in the team of the year and adding a third premiership to his tally.

Joe Grant Medallist, Lachie Russ claimed the Best Developing Local Talent gong, after his stellar season for Morningside.

Shelton was awarded Player of the Finals, with veteran Kent Abey, the leading goal kicker for the club.

Ron Dalgleish and Paul Mewes were rewarded for their hard work at the club, as joint winners of the Clubman of the Year award.

Shelton, Josh Brown and Hayden Wilson all announced their retirements on the night, ending lengthy playing involvements with the Panthers.


1.N Kinch.   440

2. P Shelton 425

3. A Nash.  423

4. N Tomlinson.  410

5. M Logan. 388

5. L Russ 388

7. T Upton 385

8. B Niland-Rowe  382

9. A Evans 358

10. S Faure. 356

Reserves B&F  – Daniel Frame

U18 best and fairest – Josh Threapleton

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