Bulldogs clean up at awards

Bulldogs clean up at awards

Queens Park Bulldogs players Graeme Miller Junior, Stevie Kouwenhoven, Andrew Narrier and Jake Foster all cleaned up at the Metro Football League awards. Photograph – Richard Polden.

Despite two defeats on the field over the weekend, there’s an air of confidence around the Queens Park Bulldogs with four players winning Metro Football League awards.

Club Captain Jake “Ziggy” Foster was named the League Fairest and Best, while emerging star Graeme Miller Jnr was named the reserves Fairest and Best.

Superboot Andrew Narrier won the League goalkicking award, notching 144 majors for the season, and was second in the League Fairest and Best behind Ziggy while in the reserves it was Stevie Kouwenhoven taking out the goalkicking with 58 goals.

Club President Ross White said he was blown away by the accolades.

“We’ve been the dominant club in the MFL for the last few years and I don’t think we’ve polled in the top three in league or reserves, so year this was a fantastic result for the club.

“You know, Ziggy Foster was a first-year player when we won the Grand Final in 2013, he’s our longest serving player and he still 28, 29, he’s got a lot of football ahead of him and an association best and fairest is a great result for him.

“Andrew Narrier has been brilliant all year, we all know he’s come back from some tough times so it’s really a massive story to win the goalkicking and get runner up in the Fairest and Best.”

As for Miller Jnr, White said that if he applied himself, a WAFL career was waiting for him.

“He’s absolutely got the ability to do it, he just needs to work on his discipline,” he said.

“We’ve got three players from last year who are playing WAFL or WAFL reserves this year, you know, for a little old MFL club that’s a great achievement and Graeme can add himself to that list.”

Discipline cost the reserves on the weekend, giving away multiple 50 metre penalties to go down by about six goals, while the league team went down despite leading at half time.

This week both teams will play at Richard Guelfi Reserve in knockout preliminary finals, with the reserves taking on Gosnells and the League taking on Koongamia, with the winner of both games through to the Grand Final.