SIMON BUCKLEY has taken out the 2017 Shepparton News award for an outstanding season in the Goulburn Valley League.
The reigning Morrison medallist took the lead in the award — voted on by News sports journalists — early in the season and never looked back.
Buckley polled 19 votes despite the Murray Bombers enduring a fairly ordinary season. He finished four votes ahead of Rochester’s Nathan Marrone and Kyabram talent Lachie Smith on 15 each.
Kyabram’s Billy Burstin and Shepparton midfield gun Ben Davies were a further two votes back on 13 each.
Seymour star Jason Cole gave Buckley a run for his money early in the season, but suffered a serious hamstring injury and missed 10 games.
The award will be presented to Buckley at the league’s Morrison Medal and Wellman Family Medal presentation night on September 18 at the Shepparton RSL.