Latrobe captain Josh Holland can now add the Darrel Baldock Medal to his list of achievements after scoring a runaway win yesterday.
LONG recognised as the best rover in Tasmania, Josh Holland finally has the Darrel Baldock Medal to add to his list of achievements after scoring a runaway win yesterday.
The 30-year-old Demon polled 31 votes to beat teammate Rodney Coghlan by 12 votes with Smithton's Josh Smith in third place on 18 votes.
Holland received his medal from Baldock's 16-year-old granddaughter Amber Scott before a crowd of 240 people at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.
``Its a great honour to with an award associated with `Doc's' name,'' Holland said.
``You never think growing up that you would have your name linked with his.''
The NTFL's best and fairest award has been the Darrel Baldock Medal since 2000 and is named after the former champion who led Latrobe to four consecutive premierships in 1969-72.
Holland becomes just the second Latrobe player to win the medal following Gavin Woodcock in 2009.
No player in the 27-year history of the NTFL has polled 31 votes in the best and fairest award and Holland's winning margin is one of the biggest ever.
``I have to thank the umpires for the votes they gave me, I've given them plenty of lip over the years although this season I've gone back into my shell a little bit being captain of Latrobe,'' he said.
Holland polled in 13 of the 20 games played and started the count brilliantly polling best afield votes in the opening two rounds and from there was never headed.
Holland has been a favourite for the medal for the past four years but had never imposed himself on the medal until yesterday.
This Saturday Holland will lead the unbeaten Latrobe team into the grand final against Wynyard.
Wynyard coach Tom Robinson yesterday confirmed his captain Daniel Franks had broken a finger in two places and will enter hospital this morning for surgery, ruling him out of the grand final.
The NTFL yesterday made six inductions into its Hall of Fame recognising coach Kent Jackson, representative player Clint Stretton, club representatives Roxley Snare (Wynyard) and Ian ``Nobby'' Broomhall (Latrobe) and Phil Cossins from the umpiring fraternity.
The Patron's Service to Football Awards went to junior administrator Barry Walker and East Devonport secretary-treasurer Sue Milbourne and certificates of merit were awarded to the late Phyllis Voss, of Wynyard, and East Devonport president Graeme Walton.
The NTFL ambassador's QUest was also awarded with Penguin's James King becoming the second player to win the award after Elliott Stenson's ground-breaking win for East Devonport in 2009.