IT TOOK a player from Latrobe 23 years to win the NTFL’s best and fairest trophy named in honour of the greatest player the club has produced.
In 2009 the Darrel Baldock Medal fell to Gavin Woodcock, who won in a tense last-vote count.
Three years later, Latrobe is on the verge of winning it again – this time through dynamo rover Josh Holland.
The 29-year-old is the pre-count favourite and has had a monopoly on the media awards associated with the 2012 season.
He is regarded as the best rover in Tasmania, and if he wins the Baldock Medal at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre tomorrow, it will put the seal on his career.
The NTFL’s best and fairest award was previously known under a number of guises until the league decided to name it after the former St Kilda premiership captain in 2000.
Baldock presented the medal each year, with the winning recipients saying time after time how honoured they were to have their names associated with one of the legends of football.
Unfortunately Baldock presented his last medal in 2010, as he passed away in February 2011.
At Burnie tomorrow he will be represented by his widow, Margaret, and daughter Carolyn.
Although Holland is favoured by most to win the medal, it won’t be a one-horse race.
Other leading contenders include Wynyard followers Zac Smith and Sam Douglas, Penguin forward Chris McDonald, East Devonport’s Nathan Applebee and last year’s winner, Clint Riley, of Smithton.
The medal count is part of a gala day of celebration for the NTFL.
The winner of the league’s ambassador quest will be announced and there will be a presentation of trophies for award winners in all three grades.
The league also has the best first-year player and the most improved player awards to be announced, and there will be the induction of three new members of the Hall of Fame as well as certificates of merit to be presented.
The winner of the 2012 Darrel Baldock Medal will be crowned at 4.30pm.
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