Nic Broes wins three best and fairest awards

BATHURST Giants coach Mark Kennedy has a new nickname for one of his club’s most talented juniors – he is calling Nic Broes ‘trolley’.

BRILLIANT SEASON: Bathurst Giant Nic Broes (left) had a stellar season 2017 in both under 16s and seniors. He won two club best and fairest awards and one for the league. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

BRILLIANT SEASON: Bathurst Giant Nic Broes (left) had a stellar season 2017 in both under 16s and seniors. He won two club best and fairest awards and one for the league. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

“We’re calling him trolley because he wins so many trophies he needs a trolley to take them home,” Kennedy said.

The new nickname came after a big weekend for Broes, who had his efforts acknowledged by both the Giants and Central West AFL.

Broes picked up the club best and fairest award for both the premiership winning under 16 Giants as well as the senior outfit.

He also took out the Central West AFL’s under 16 best and fairest, earning 12 votes across the season to finish ahead of Bathurst Bushranger Scott Brown on eight.

In third on six votes were Broes’ team-mate Reilly Mitchell and Bushranger Charlie Flude.

“I don’t think it’s ever been done. We are going to contact the Footy Show to see if anyone has done that before, a junior who has won both the junior and senior club best and fairest and the league best and fairest for his age group,” Kennedy said.

“He’s still only 16, so he’s a genuine junior. I though Nic had a standout year and that was reflected in him winning the under 16s league award.

“To win it as a back man, not an on-baller too, that’s hardly ever heard of. The umpires look at the play and nine times out of 10, it’s a midfielder that gets it.

“I thought it was a great achievement.”

Broes played 12 games for Kennedy’s senior Giants outfit this season and what he produced more than impressed his coach.

“Nic, he’s right up there with some of the best I’ve coached,” Kennedy said.

“There’s a couple of outstanding players I’ve coached, one of them is Paul Long who I think was very unlucky not to get through to AFL level.

“Another one is Dennis Pedemont, he was absolutely outstanding as a player, and you’ve got Paul Jenkins who might be getting a little bit long in the tooth now but still polled number two in the Central West votes but was illegible because of his actions.

“He’s [Broes] up there with them easy.”

Finishing runner-up to Broes in the under 16s Giants awards was another of the club’s best emerging talents in Aiden Macauley. Rob Mason was named best forward and Mitch Taylor best back man.

For the Giants seniors, James Kennedy was runner-up to Broes in the best and fairest while Dave Hitchick was named best back. The Giant of the Year award went to Kyle Dashington-Jones, while fellow Giant Ash Boylan was named the league’s Auskick co-ordinator of the year.