STAR Apollo Bay recruit Hamish Tamlin has proven it doesn’t take wins to earn individual accolades.
The 32-year-old onballer won Colac District Football League’s best-and-fairest award – the Jack Mahoney Medal – just three weeks after winning the Budget and Colac Herald’s Most Valuable Player award.
A host of football followers expected the former South Australian National Football League player to poll well after a consistent season but didn’t think the Hawks’ 4-12 win-loss record was enough to catch the eye of umpiring officials.
Tamlin not only polled well, but he polled the maximum three votes in four games that the Hawks lost this season en route to his 25 votes.
“It was surprising that a lot of people had faith that I’d poll well, it’s a midfielder’s sort of award but you normally want to win at least half of the year and we only won four games so I didn’t think I had a chance,” Tamlin said.
“To win, it is a big surprise but I’ll take it,” he said.
“It’s a good honour, it was good to be noticed by the coaches with the MVP award but to get noticed by the umpires as well – it’s a bit of a buzz.”
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Tamlin, who crossed to the Bay this season to join good mate Ben Chandley, polled in 10 of his 16 games this season, including seven of his past eight games.
Umpires judged him best afield six times.
He finished four votes ahead of medal favourite South Colac’s Jake O’Dwyer, and last year’s winner Cam Wright of Birregurra.
Simpson ruckman and former Maskell Medal winner Corey Baulch finished fourth.
“I wasn’t going to play footy this year so I just wanted to just go in and enjoy it,” Tamlin said.
“Being 32 and in my last few years of footy I just wanted to enjoy it and that was probably the difference,” he said.
“When you’re two years older than the coach you know that your time’s almost up, it was just about taking each game as it comes.”
The Mahoney medal is Tamlin’s fifth league award to go with his Mail Medal in the Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League, Reserves Magarey Medal in the South Australian National Football League as well as an award in a South Australian amateur league.
But he said he’d swap his individual awards for another flag to go with the one he earned with the Keith Crows in the KNTFL.
“Playing finals is what you play for, when you look back at your career you want to have played as many finals as you can,” he said.
“I’ve played for about 20 years now and I’ve only ever won one grand final and played in four so you’d swap it all for another crack.”