Ballantyne wins goal of the year
Livewire Fremantle forward Hayden Ballantyne has salvaged some reward for a disappointing Dockers season, tonight being awarded the AFL’s goal of the year award.
Ballantyne’s prize-winning goal came on a night when the Dockers were having little luck in front of goal, eventually losing to Geelong 13.11 (89) to 10.18 (78) in round two.
The Mandurah product gathered the ball from a Rhys Palmer handpass just behind the centre square before taking possession again off a spoil and finally kicking the goal from 45m on his third possession in the play.
Ballantyne wins the Phil Manassa Medal and a Panasonic Prize pack valued at $9000.
Meanwhile, Collingwood’s Andrew Krakouer has beaten out highly fancied Carlton forward Andrew Walker to take home the prize for mark of the year.
Krakouer’s effort in soaring above a pack during the final quarter of the round nine win over the Crows was judged better than Walker’s one-on-one effort.
Krakouer wins the Alex Jesaulenko Medal and a $10,000 cash prize.