Young Saint claims Div 3 B&F

Carrara’s Brayde Palmer claimed the 2013 SEQAFL Division 3 best and fairest.

Carrara’s Brayde Palmer collected the Division Three best and fairest award.

The 21 year-old ruckman finished with 13 votes, one ahead of Beenleigh’s Luke Morgan.

Palmer led the votes at the halfway point of the season, on seven votes, equal with Coomera’s Brent Fraser.

He failed to poll a vote between Rounds 9 and 14, six votes in the final four games, including top votes in their penultimate game, sealed the narrowest of wins for Palmer.

Minor premiers, Coomera, had four players in the top ten, with Glenn Ryan, Luke Gornall finishing on nine votes and Fraser and Jonathon Stephens on eight.

Griffith Moorooka’s Jordie Grainger topped the count, but was ineligible due to suspension.

Presented with his award, Palmer didn’t necessarily rate his season, but was happy with the

“I started off alright and then got a bit of an injury and then I came back and I guess I’d gone alright,” he said.

Beenleigh’s Ashley Templar topped the goal kickers’ list, finishing with 89 goals for the season, and finished fourth in the best and fairest count.

Templar has been the form forward of the Division three competition, and will have a shot at adding a premiership to his award in his first season with Beenleigh, when the Buffaloes meet Coomera in this weekend’s Division Three grand final.

Templar’s mentor, Rick Mills, who has steered the Buffaloes to a grand final this weekend, was named the Division Three coach of the year.

Mills is in his second year at the Buffaloes, and has made finals in both of his seasons at the helm.

Calamvale’s Wade Hurst collected the Division three Volunteer of the year, for his role in establishing and maintaining the Leopards.

Pine Rivers’ Warick Cox took out the Division three reserves best and fairest, finishing with 18 votes, six ahead of his closest competitor.

Cox, the Swans’ player-coach said the award was a great way to cap off a fun season.

“It’s probably been the most fun season of footy I’ve had,” Cox said.

“I’ve been wanting to show the boys the style we have to play.

“The only way to do that as a player and a coach, is to do it yourself.”

Ipswich’s Mat Harley collected the Division three reserves leading goal kicker award, finishing the season with 59 goals.

Click here for the full list of seniors votes.

Click here for the full list of reserves votes.

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