Copeland proves he’s the man of Steele

October 10, 2017

Tallygaroopna-raised Steele Sidebottom won Collingwood's best and fairest award, the Copeland Trophy, on Friday night.,

Tallygaroopna-raised Steele Sidebottom has stamped his name further into Collingwood’s history.

Already a premiership player after being a part of the 2010 flag, Sidebottom won his first Copeland Trophy on Friday night.

After consistently finishing in the top-five of the Magpies’ best-and-fairest for the past five seasons, but missing out to skipper Scott Pendlebury, it was Sidebottom’s year.

The star midfielder polled 140 votes to finish ahead of fellow on-baller Taylor Adams by just one vote in Collingwood’s best-and-fairest count.

Midfielder Adam Treloar, high-flying defender Jeremy Howe and ruckman Brodie Grundy rounded out the top-five.

Pendlebury was not too far away, polling 91 votes, despite missing the last six games of the season because of injury.

Sidebottom paid tribute to all the important people in his life during his acceptance speech.

‘‘To my mother and her sister Christine, who have come down from Shepparton tonight — I love you both,’’ Sidebottom said.

‘‘I clearly wouldn’t be here without everything Mum has done.

‘‘To my girlfriend Alisha, every time I introduce Lish to someone new they say I’m batting way above my average, but hopefully this (win) will bring my average down a little bit.’’

The best-and-fairest capped an outstanding personal season for Sidebottom where he was acting captain for the final six games when Pendlebury was injured.

He played in all of the Magpies’ games this season, averaging 27 disposals, five marks and four tackles

Sidebottom has been one of the AFL’s most durable players since being drafted to Collingwood in 2008.

He has hardly missed a game through injury, playing 185 matches in the black and white.

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