Sean Goedheer has become the first Central Blues player to win the AFL Ontario Best and Fairest.
The 26-year-old needed 20 votes to win the league’s highest honour.
Goedheer showed plenty of promise up forward and this caught the coach’s attention. The decision to keep him near the goals worked with Shorty snagging four in a best on ground performance against Guelph.
He backed that up with another three votes in the Blues big win over High Park, although the umpires could’ve confused him with his alter ego Jackson Ward.
The goal sneak played a vital role in the guts as he led his team to a nail biting victory against Broadview. Goedheer injected himself into the middle and was influential in making Chris Daws job at full forward a whole lot easier. His performance earned him another three votes.
One of Goedheer’s best games of the season came in the Blues’ first loss of the year. As the Blues injury count climbed, so did Shorty’s determination. One of the smallest blokes on the field was huge up forward, kicking seven goals.
His lead at the top of the best and fairest count quickly evaporated, much like his hair, as a hamstring injury sidelined him for three games.
Goedheer planned his return to perfection by playing an under strength Demons outfit. Playing predominately in a forward 50 all to himself, he booted eight goals in the big win. He received only one vote, as the umpires were clearly infatuated by another bald Blue, Kyle Docherty.
There was no way Goedheer wouldn’t go unrecognized again. He stole the show, and the votes, kicking five goals against the Etobicoke Kangaroos. In a spiteful game against the Dingos, the playing coach kept his composure and his class with his sixth best on ground performance of the year.
Goedheer grabbed one vote in the final game of the season to secure the award.
“It’s great to win the league best and fairest and proves my persistent arguing with the umpires made sure they remembered my name,” he said.
“I also have to thank Jacko for making it look like there was two of me on the field as well.”