Katamatite ruck John Woodcock wins PDFL Pearce Meda;

By Cobram Courier

Star Katamatite ruckman John Woodcock pipped the Picola District Football League competition, winning the Pearce Medal on Monday night.

After joining the Tigers in the off-season from Violet Town, Woodcock battled achilles tendinitis throughout the campaign but did not let that stop his ripping form, feeding the ball down his midfielders' throats every game in a compelling season.

He polled 20 votes to take the league's best and fairest award, polling two votes in his side's round 18 win against Blighty to win by that margin after runner-up Ash Thompson (Waaia) had tied the scores in his side's final round demolition of Tocumwal.

While pleased with his award, Woodcock remained shattered glandular fever had sidelined him from Katamatite's semi-final loss to Rennie - as well as kept him hospitalised in recent weeks.

"I've been on the couch sleeping pretty much (in the last couple of days), I've been in hospital for the last week, I've been pretty sick lately," he said.

"Me and Sam Poole missed out on the semi, which we were both really disappointed about, I was in hospital that day so I couldn't do much about it.

"We had a tough loss, we'll be back next year and we're gonna win the big one next year. Most of the team has already signed back on so we're looking good."

Woodcock said midfield maestros Poole and Pat Horsburgh had influenced his season in multiple ways - making him look good by both being on the park and by missing plenty of games.

"It's pretty easy when you've got Pat (Horsburgh) and Sam Poole to hit the ball to, they make you look pretty good every week," he said.

"(Katamatite) is just a really good community team, all the blokes are really good and friendly, and real inclusive, from day one I've felt a part of it."

Picola United's Blake Jorgensen and Berrigan's Adam Way tied for third on 17 votes and Deniliquin's Des Morgan was fifth on 14, while Horsburgh, Tim Atkins, Lance Oswald and Shaun Greenway were all on 13 votes.

The Lukies Medal for A-grade best and fairest was won by Tocumwal's Leah Nish, who was not present to accept her award after snapping her achilles in her side's semi-final defeat.

Teammate Abby Wilson finished as runner-up, and had led the count until the final vote card was read, with Nish's three votes earning her the nod.