CAMPERDOWN star Sam Chapman can claim consecutive Maskell Medals tomorrow, according to fellow 2012 winner Tim Hunt.
Blues midfielder Hunt, who missed the bulk of this season following shoulder surgery, joined Chapman and Cobden brothers Levi and Joe Dare in an historic four-way tie in the Hampden league’s best and fairest award last year.
He rates Chapman a big chance when the umpires’ votes are counted at Warrnambool’s City Memorial Bowls Club tomorrow afternoon.
Hunt said Koroit skipper Ben Goodall would be Chapman’s main danger.
“I think Chapman’s a good chance again. He’s had a really good year,” he said.
“Or Ben Goodall — he’s won a lot of matches with Koroit and I think he will go well.
“They are both class acts and both good runners who get to a lot of contests. Both push forward and kick goals.”
Hunt said defending premier Warrnambool’s best hopes rested with Jackson Bell, who has had a breakout year in the midfield, and teammate Damien McCorkell.
The Blues have relied on even contributions this year and that might be reflected tomorrow.
Cobden coach Wayne Robertson is another who expects the winner to be either Chapman or Goodall.
Goodall should poll well but his biggest worry might be teammates stealing votes from him, with Ben and Sam Dobson and Isaac Templeton also enjoying good years.
Chapman’s internal competition for votes is likely to come from coach-elect Dan Casey, who won the league’s goalkicking award, and Khan Beckett.
North Warrnambool Eagles assistant coach Jake Myles is expected to figure prominently after a dominant year in the midfield but, like Goodall, he has plenty of teammates competing with him for votes, including Andy McMeel, Mark Murphy and Jarryd Lewis.
Cobden, which produced two Maskell Medal winners last year, will again get plenty of votes, with skipper Paul Foster, the Dares, Brody Mahoney and the ineligible Paul Hinkley to be prominent. Mahoney had a quiet second half of the season, while the Dares missed a considerable number of games.
Terang Mortlake veteran Damian O’Connor, midfielder Wil Pomorin and key forward Stephen Staunton will share the Bloods’ votes, while newcomer Portland will look to skipper Rhys Egan and teenager Jaydon Stiles to attract attention.
Port Fairy coach Sam Rudolph, despite missing a few matches with injury, and ruckman/forward Sandy Robinson are capable of an upset in a low count.
Hamilton Kangaroos skipper Kane Uebergang is likely to be his side’s biggest vote-getter, while South Warrnambool will be looking to midfielders Nick and Sam Thompson and Zacc Struth for votes. But a lack of wins will hurt their chances.