Gibbons, Duffin headline historic VFL awards night
Williamstown has been rewarded for some fantastic 2018 achievements and lifetime achievements at this years VFL J.J Liston trophy and VFLW Best and Fairest.
J.J Liston Medal
Star midfielder Michael Gibbons was awarded his second J.J Liston Medal in a dramatic count tying with AFL Listed Tiger Anthony Miles on 19 votes after an outstanding season averaging 28.6 disposals, 12 contested possessions and seven clearances. Gibbons won his first medal in 2016 and was runner up in last year's count also.
Gibbons says it's a huge honour. "It's very humbling to win this award for the second time, I can't thank my teammates and the club enough for all they've done for me in my five years down at Williamstown."
"I didn't come here for individual awards but it's very exciting to win this with a guy I've looked up to in Anthony Miles."
"Hopefully I can add to this medal in two weeks time with another premiership medal."
It was a huge night for the Seagulls with VFLW superstar Jess Duffin taking home the Lambert-Pearce medal for being the VFLW Best and Fairest for 2018. The midfielder starred in the Seagulls inagural season amassing over 25 disposals a game, leading the club in goal kicking and leading the competetion in marks, disposals, inside 50s and uncontested possessions.
Duffin credited the culture of the newly formed Seagulls helped her push her game to another level this season.
"It was a challenging year but one that was also really rewarding, I was able to help some of the younger girls out and that helped me with my game also."
"It is a huge credit to the work that Amy Caterall, Jason Reddick and Michelle Redfern have put in to get this team together and to finish the season with this is an incredible honour."
Those two added to their award collection on the night add VFL and VFLW team of the year honours respectively with Duffin being named Captain.