Perth Demons player Luke English was named 2017 winner of the RediMed Colts Jack Clarke Medal with a total of 53 votes at the medal count dinner held at Domain Stadium on Wednesday, September 6.
English finished 22 votes ahead of Claremont’s Jack Lewsey on 31, while Peel Thunder’s Kyle Havelberg came third with 30 votes.
WA Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor congratulated English on winning the prestigious award among such a high quality group of WAFL Colts players.
“The WAFL Colts continues to be a fantastic competition that showcases WA’s best underage talent. To win the Jack Clarke Medal demonstrates what a talented and dedicated player Luke is," Taylor said.
“We look forward to seeing more players of this caliber emerge from the WA talent pathway as we focus on launching our revitalised talent program next season.
"I would also like to acknowledge the WAFL clubs, their Colts coaches and support staff for the tireless work they put into developing our talented players."
WA Football Commission State Talent Manager Adam Jones said English was truly deserving of the honour.
“As a 17-year-old, Luke has had an extremely consistent year as an inside midfielder for Perth Colts,” Jones said.
“Luke’s game is built on his elite level endurance. His ability to run, combined with his insatiable appetite to work hard, has meant his performance this year has been greater and more consistent than any other player in the competition.
“With an excellent all-round game, Luke has a bright future ahead of him.”
English polled votes in 15 of his 19 RediMed Colts games, including six best on ground performances. He averaged 25 disposals, six tackles and kicked 13 goals.
JACK CLARKE MEDAL LEADERBOARD
AFL National 18s Larke Medallist
AFL National 18s All Australians
Oscar Allen, Aaron Naughton, Sam Taylor, Brayden Ainsworth
Deppro WA State 18s Academy Best & Fairest
WAFL Redimed Colts Coaches Award
Luke English – Perth
WAFL Redimed Leading Goal Kicker
Dillon O’Reilly – East Fremantle (39 goals)
Coach of the Year
Beau Wardman – Subiaco
Umpire of the Year