The hard working centreman won the award by five votes, capping a terrific year for another of the club’s emerging young stars. Mansfield was a key player in a team that enjoyed an outstanding season, finishing the qualifying rounds in fourth position, but equal on points with the three teams above them.
Mansfield had trained with Subiaco through the pre-season, but opted to play at the Beach “with my mates” and was part of a midfield which excelled through the course of the season.
Teammate Josh Stott was runner-up in the Brett Jones colts award, one vote away from the winner – a remarkable achievement considering he split his time between the Phil Scott and Brett Jones teams as he was overcoming early season injuries.
At a gala function at the Perth Convention Entertainment Centre ace forward Mitch Holbrook won the award as the leading goal-kicker in A-grade with 82 majors to his name. He also topped the count in the CJ Jamison Medal, won by Wesley Curtin captain coach Marty Atkins, as he was ineligible because of a suspension during the year.
Holbrook, who polled 23 votes – five more than Atkins – will again be a key player when North Beach plays either Whitford or North Fremantle in next week’s grand final and will be keen to erase that disappointment with a premiership medallion. Another key player in the grand final, Chris Pearce was equal second in the count.
Aiden Trotter weas equal third in the E-Reserves medal.