Adam Bentick wins dramatic VAFA Woodrow medal

18 September 2015

In a glittering and what turned into a dramatic night at Crown Casino, Adam Bentick was one of the favourites for the VAFA Premier division best and fairest, the "Woodrow Medal".

The night started well for St Bernards with young defender Michael Caven, getting three votes in his round one senior debut vs Trinity, would this be a good omen.
Adam and team mates (pictured) firstly had to complete grand final training at Princess Park, and arrived late with the leaderboard in a deadlock after round 9 , between Adam Bentick, Ross Young from Uni Blues and former winner Cam Howat from Carey.
Adam had started the season in red hot form, with four best on grounds in the first 7 weeks, but could he hold on to win. 
As the votes continued, and as happens in strong teams, suddenly his bernards team mates were in the spotlight. Former firebrand Chris Peart's new found maturity and focus, caught the umpires eyes, and Chris scored votes in three games to surge onto the leader board. Then Tom Sullivan, Alex Singleton, Simon Caven, James Bennie and ruckmen Cartledge and Clarke also received votes.However Adam's form held and he edged higher, with Howat and Young in hot pursuit.
With just two rounds to go the count was suddenly stopped to clarify an error where a votes in a game vs Scotch were indispute. After some urgent deliberations a half hour wait and verification by umpires, Alex Singleton was declared best on ground that game and the count resumed.
It came down to the final game of the final round, Bentick and Young tied on 19 votes with Howat just one back. Carey played Bernards that day, could Howat snatch a late win ?. The answer of course was that Carey struggled and Nathan "the clamp" Kazuro did his usual expert job on the carey mid fielders. 
The end result was a fitting one, with two exceptionally talented players, Adam Bentick and his former carlton team mate Ross Young sharing the prestigious Woodrow honors. 
Adam was very humble as he always is, in his acceptance speech, thanking all involved at St Bernardsfc, administration, coaches, team mates and most importantly his family for their support through his sporting life. 
The club congratulates Adam on this high achievement, and we wish him and the team all the best for sundays Grand Final.

The Committee