Bay coach tipped to take out medal

Colac district football coaches say Apollo Bay’s Brent Macleod is the strong favourite to win next week’s Jack Mahoney Medal.

Champion Apollo Bay footballer Brent Macleod will enter next week’s Jack Mahoney Medal league vote count as hot favourite for the second year in a row.

The Colac Herald surveyed coaches from the Colac district league’s 10 clubs, with Macleod receiving 54 per cent of the tips to win the medal on Wednesday night.

He received seven tips, and was the only other player to receive multiple tips along with Lorne premiership ruckman Mark “Chip” McCormack, who has won the past two medals.

Macleod was favourite to win last year’s medal and finished third, behind McCormack and Alvie’s Mark Riley.

Coaches said Macleod’s favouritism this year was based on his consistency, ball-winning ability and goalkicking prowess – he finished fifth in the league’s goalkicking from the midfield with 41 majors.

The Bay’s playing-coach also led the Hawks to finals for the first time in six years this season.

“He’s by far the best player in the comp. He would be averaging 30-plus each week and hits the scoreboard every week,” Western Eagles co-coach Grant Armistead said.

“As far as influencing a game goes, he is one player that can completely change a game when he is on,” he said.

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