Just one vote separated Ash Morris and Oliver Draffin in the Rams senior vote count on Friday night.
Young star Ash Morris won a nail-biting vote count at the Deniliquin Rams senior presentation on Friday night.
More than 120 people were on hand at the Rams’ clubrooms to see the young midfielder take out his first senior club best and fairest award.
The 19 year-old polled 123 votes and won by just one, with utility Oliver Draffin the runner-up.
Morris, who won this year’s Murray league O’Dwyer medal, was a clear leader after the half way mark of the season, but Draffin polled 13 votes in the final round to almost steal the title.
It was the second year in a row 20 year-old Draffin has finished second in the count.
‘‘Both players have had a standout year,’’ outgoing Rams coach Gary Parsons said.
‘‘The pair of them, and a lot of others in this team, are young and very talented and are only going to get better.’’
Onballer and vice captain Ricky Gittens was third with 80 votes, followed by last year’s winner Nick Howe (71 votes), Troy Bartlett (71), Anthony Bull (64), Blair Whelan (52) and Ryan Chadderton (41).
Gittens received the most consistent trophy, while Morris had 44 goals to also be the leading goal-kicker.
Bartlett, who takes over as senior coach, was the best in finals, youngster Hayden Barker was the best team man and wingman Brenton Loudon won the Rookie of the Year title.
The most improved accolade went to Jayden Pitts and coach’s award to Tom Draffin.
The reserves best and fairest was won by hulking backman Eddie Draffin on 40 votes.
Midfielder Jake Barnett was the runner-up with 33 votes, while fellow onballer Jake Cavallaro, who played seven senior games, was third with 32 votes.
The next best were Matt Robinson (29 votes), Tom Edwards (28) and Mitch O’Brien (27).
Cavallaro was rewarded with the most improved trophy, Brenton Hussey won the coach’s award and the bearded Edwards was named most consistent.
Coach Brian King kicked 17 goals to be the leading goal-kicker, while key backman Tom Parsons edged out Nick Glowrey to win the best team man award.
In other awards, long-time trainer and life member Michael ‘Kooka’ Bennett was presented with the Cyril Pitts Memorial trophy for services to the club.
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