HE was ranked as a dark horse heading into the count, but Bright star Ben Bond’s profile shot up after he polled 30 votes to take out the Clyde Baker Medal as the Ovens and King Football League’s best and fairest player on Sunday night.
Unlike the other pre-count favourites, Bond’s style of play attracts little fanfare.
He doesn’t outmuscle opponents or kick bags of goals, but he plays the game with an efficiency and consistency that is clinical – a player who runs every bit as hard and uses the ball just as well in the fourth quarter as he does in the first.
Bond simply goes about his business and, based on his tally of just nine Baker Medal votes last year when he went on to take out Bright’s best and fairest, he didn’t have high hopes for success on Sunday night.
“I definitely didn’t expect it,” Bond said.
“I thought I’d had a pretty consistent season and that I could be a chance for Team of the Year, but I didn’t think I’d be polling too many votes.
“We’ve had a good balance in the midfield this year with a lot of players spreading the load.