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WAFC congratulates WA Football Media Award winnersThursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:58 AM

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The West Australian Football Commission and WA Football Media Guild hosted the annual WA Football Media Awards at Domain Stadium last night, Wednesday November 1, to recognise the season’s high achievers both on and off the field.

This included awards for online, print, radio and television media, WAFL and AFL players and coaches, as well as special awards for outstanding service.

Awards were judged in each category by members of the WA Football Media Guild, the West Australian Football Commission, and a combination of the following judging panel members: Adrian Barich, Allan Stiles, Brett Sprigg, Craig Nitschke, Gary Rendall, Glen Quartermain, John McGrath, John Townsend, Ken Casellas, Michael Thomson, Phil Lamb, Sean Cowan, Steve Gordon, Tim Gossage and Tom Atkinson.

The award winners for the night were:

FOOTBALL AWARDS
Judged by members of the WA Football Media Guild
Peter Kyle Memorial State Player Award - Ben Saunders (South Fremantle)
WAFL Goal Kicking Award - Liam Ryan (Subiaco)
WAFL Player of the Year - Haiden Schloithe (South Fremantle)
WAFL Player of the Future - Aaron Naughton (Peel Thunder)
West Coast Eagles Player of the Year - Elliot Yeo 
Fremantle Dockers Player of the Year - Nat Fyfe
AFL Player of the Year - Elliot Yeo (West Coast Eagles)
AFL Emerging Player - Sean Darcy (Fremantle)
Coach of the Year - Michael Broadbridge (WAFL State Team)

WAFC AWARDS
Judged by the West Australian Football Commission
Community Football Media Award - Steve Butler (The West Australian) - Footy breaking down the barriers.  
Umpiring Media Award - Steve Allen (10 News) - AFL Umpire Dean Margetts' 400-game milestone. 
WA Amateur Football League Media Award - ABC Radio - A-Grade Grand Final coverage.
WA Country Football League Media Award - Albany Advertiser - 2017 Great Southern Football League coverage.

RADIO AWARDS
Judged by members of 2017 Media Guild Awards judging panel
Best WAFL Coverage - ABC Radio
Tim Flynn Best Commentator - Adam Papalia (6PR)
Brian Thirley Best Expert Commentator - Brad Hardie (6PR)
 
ONLINE AWARDS
Judged by members of 2017 Media Guild Awards judging panel
Best Online News Story - John Townsend (The West Australian) - Schloithe thriving outside ‘suffocating’ AFL atmosphere
Best Overall Online Performer - John Townsend (The West Australian)
Most Outstanding Use of Social Media - The West Australian
 
PRINT AWARDS
Judged by members of 2017 Media Guild Awards judging panel
Bernie Kirwan-Ward Best WAFL Story - John Townsend (The West Australian) - Diminished AFL shows why Black Swans must be safeguarded
Ross Elliot Best Match Report - Braden Quartermaine (The Sunday Times) - Cool Shuey lands knockout punch
Jack Lee Best News Story - Braden Quatermaine (The Sunday Times) - Spring Loaded - Nic Naitanui's prospects for recovery 
Alan Newman Best Feature Story - John Townsend (The West Australian) - Jones’ Journey hits 300
 
PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Judged by members of 2017 Media Guild Awards judging panel
Rod Locke Best WAFL Photograph - Daniel Wilkins (The Sunday Times) – Ian Richardson Punch
Maurie Hammond Best AFL Action Photograph - Daniel Carson (AFL Media) – Michael Walters reaches for the ball
Todge Campbell Best AFL News or Features Photograph - Sharon Smith (THe West Australian) – Matt Priddis
 
TELEVISION AWARDS
Judged by members of 2017 Media Guild Awards judging panel
Best WAFL Story - Mark Readings (Today Tonight) – The Greatest Marks
Best TV/Video Camera Work - Trent Nind (7 News) - Nic Naitanui interview
Best Match Report/Package - Ryan Daniels (7 News) – Thriller at the G
Frank Sparrow Best Match Caller/Commentator - Adam Papalia (Fox Footy)
Best News Presentation - Lachy Reid (10 News) – Harley Bennell Injury
Mick Cronin Best Feature Story/Program - Ryan Daniels (7 News) – Sam Menegola career journey
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
Judged by the WA Football Media Guild Committee
Emerging Media Talent - Matthew Pavlich
Dennis Cometti Award for Excellence over a Career - Tania Armstrong
Judged by members of 2017 Media Guild Awards judging panel
George Grljusich Award for Best Overall News Story in 2017 - Lachy Reid (10 News) – Harley Bennell Injury
Geoff Christian Medal for Excellence in 2017 - Basil Zempilas