AFL CNE 2012 Awards
On Grand Final day league president Kat Wheeler announced the league awards for season 2012:
League Best and Fairest – Andy Kraefft, Nottingham Scorpions
Congratulations to Andy Kraefft for winning the AFL CNE League Best and Fairest award. He had a stellar season, being named in Nottingham’s best in every game he played. With regular Scorpions ruckman Andrew Batchelor injured for most of the year Andy shouldered the responsibility of rucking for Nottingham with style.
Not only did Andy constantly supply the Nottingham midfielders with great tapwork he was also able to move forward and kick goals with 34 for the season (4th on the goalkickers list), testament to his versatility.
Congratulations also to Sean Walton from Birmingham and Matt Whiteley from Huddersfield for finishing second and third respectively.
Top 12 Votegetters in League Best and Fairest:
Rising Star – Cameron Cope, Wolverhampton Wolverines
Well done to Cameron Cope for winning the AFL CNE Rising Star award. This is the first time this award has been presented and is awarded to a player who has only recently taken up the game and has been deemed to have a bright future in Aussie Rules Football.
At only 16 years of age Cameron has played against opponents who started playing competitive football before he was born. Whether playing as a ruckman or an onballer Cameron always stood out. Given his development so far Cameron will be a strong contender for the Great Britain team next year, and further down the track potentially some Australian clubs. Cameron also recently was selected in the England team for next month’s Tri-Nations and European Cup.
The award caps off a breakout season for Wolverhampton who have developed a number of teenagers into very good footballers who will look to go a couple of steps better next season.
Superboot – Matt Wielgosz, Manchester Mosquitoes
With 48 goals in 11 games Matt Wielgosz was crowned the AFL CNE goalkicking champion of 2012. From the moment he kicked 5 goals in the opening quarter of the season Matt was never headed. The way Matt performed this season was a perfect example of classic full forward play – long hard leads, repeated over and over giving himself a large number of scoring chances. The Superboot medal is great reward for the dedicated fitness work Matt has been putting in since late 2011 and is a credit to his professionalism on and off the track.