Clements wins tight count

MALLALA Football Club’s Jordan Clements received the Adelaide Plains Football League’s top individual honour for the best and fairest player on Saturday night – the Plains Producer Medal.

The Magpie midfielder required three votes from his last game, against Virginia, to win outright over the Rams’ Brad Hoepner.

Clements entered the night thinking he had little chance of taking home the medal.

“I thought there would’ve been three or four who’d have been real good shots,” he said.

“I think I got best for Mallala that day, but wasn’t convinced I was worth the three votes.”

After receiving the award, Clements said he was “overwhelmed”.

“It feels pretty good, it’s one of the greatest achievements a player can get,” he said.

Despite the individual accolade, Clements couldn’t hide his excitement ahead of this weekend’s grand final with Two Wells.

“I couldn’t be keener,” he said.

Mallala A-grade coach Steve Lubcke said that Clements was a deserving recipient.

“He’s a terrific character and a great guy, he’s a gentleman-type player,” he said.

“He’s just one of the boys.

“He has silky skills, he moves very well all over the ground.

“He’s a bit of a complete package as an on-baller.”

In the reserves, Hummocks-Watchman’s Shane Braham took home the award, polling 20 votes to finish one ahead of Mallala’s Brett Start.

Meanwhile, it was a comfortable win for Virginia’s Jesse Stevenson in the senior colts.

Stevenson won by nine votes over Mallala’s Jake Tiller.

Lastly, United’s Jack McArdle took home the junior colts’ medal with 31 votes.

The young Tiger finished four votes ahead of Two Wells’ Caleb Hagenbucher.

Jack Hudson


Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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