20 August 2011
Perth-Bayswater first grade halfback Ethan Carlisle won the annual best and fairest trophy, the JJ Guthrie Award, in a countdown ceremony at the club on Friday night.
An outstanding performer for the team throughout the year, Ethan bolted to the lead of the JJ Guthrie points table in the early rounds and opened a sizeable lead over his nearest rivals.
In the later rounds, as the team battled through a string of tough games, some of the forwards earned big points and started to close in on the talented halfback. But Ethan's performances kept enough points coming his way that by the final rounds he had built up too much of a lead and although the final countdown was close, the halfback deservedly claimed the trophy with 47 points.
Lock Brent Murphy claimed a very creditable second place on 43 points, followed by French centre Thomas Trautmann on 40, prop Laione Mulikihaamea and flanker Mike Murphy on 32, and number eight Mac Heke on 21.
The Annual JJ Guthrie Award is for the Best and Fairest first grade player each season, all players rated in each game by three independent observers. The sealed votes are kept in the club safe until the award night when the envelopes are opened and the votes publicly counted. To qualify, players must be financial members and not have been sent off during the season. The Award honours the memory of former club member John J. Guthrie who died of cancer in 1989. See past JJ Guthrie winners here.
Hosted with his usual panache by the infamous Jason 'Legs' Bastaja and superbly organised by the lovely Di Scholes, the evening was attended by most of first grade, the team management, and a worthy selection of club stalwarts led by President Noel Spittal and his numerous family members.
The evening also saw congratulations offered to former first grade legend Cale McCort and his wife Michelle on the birth of their second son, Lachlan Samuel. Proud grandfather and fervent Wallaby supporter Sam McCort may be approached for cigars and free drinks.
2011 JJ Guthrie winner Ethan Carlisle awarded the trophy by president Noel Spittal
More images from the night