FIRST-YEAR playing coach Ash Arrowsmith has capped off an outstanding year by claiming East Keilor's best-and-fairest.
Arrowsmith left Strathmore to join friend and fellow former East Keilor junior Nick Grigg as co-playing coaches after David Battistella stepped down from the role following the club's 2016 Strathmore Community Bank Division 2 Grand Final triumph.
While Grigg patrolled things up forward and kicked 48 goals for the year (second-best in Essendon Ford Division 1), Arrowsmith dominated across half back and through the midfield, eventually being the selected as the only Cougar in the Essendon Ford Division 1 Team of the Year.
In the end Arrowsmith polled only two votes more than Ethan Langwell, while last year's grand final BOG Vincent Madaffari finished third on 51 votes.
EAST KEILOR TOP FIVE
Winner: Ash Arrowsmith (66 votes)
Runner-Up: Ethan Langwell (64 votes)
Third: Vinny Madaffari (51 votes)
Fourth: Paris Grampsas (48 votes)
Fifth: Scott Eldridge (45 votes)