Despite a few niggling injuries this season, Maryborough’s Coby Perry still placed top five in a very close Bendigo Football Netball League best and fairest vote count last week.
Perry was one of several players to rank equal fifth in the race for the 2019 BFNL Michelsen Medal with 13 votes, three off the pace of winner Adam Baird of Golden Square.
Missing four games at the start of the season due to injury didn’t stop Perry who thundered home in rounds 10, 11, 12, 13 and 17 with multiple votes on each card.
“I was surprised, it was an inconsistent season with my body but I was lucky enough to poll a few,” Perry said of the feat.
“I did my hamstring a couple of nights before round one and missed a few rounds with that and then suffered a quad injury later on. I played the whole back half though and I am recovering slowly, it is nice to have some time off now.”
The season concluded for Maryborough at the end of the home and away fixture, with the side finishing in sixth on the ladder with six wins and 12 losses.
This was the most wins the Magpies have enjoyed in one season for quite some time, with the previous four seasons providing either one or zero victories per year.
As a loyal member of the Pies, Perry said extra wins were appreciated but the overall feel around the club this year, compared to others, was the best part about the season.
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