DAIRY farmers and football have gone hand-in-hand for years, but Louie Guyett is bucking the trend.
Guyett, 23, has claimed his second Warrnambool District Soccer League (WDSL) best and fairest award in just his sixth season in the sport.
The Scotts Creek Lions defender polled 18 votes to score a two-vote win from Hamilton Raiders’ Anthony Hilsdon, who was runner-up for a second consecutive year.
The triumph came despite the Lions finishing fifth of six teams and Guyett missing the last three matches of the season.
Guyett, a dairy farmer at Panmure, played football until he was 14 but persistent injuries — namely a dislocated elbow — derailed his career.
He had pins inserted in the elbow when he was 16 and took up soccer 12 months later.
The decision has paid dividends — he is the only two-time winner of the WDSL best and fairest award and has grown to love the sport.
His first accolade came in 2011 while playing for the now-defunct Pertobe Surfers.
Last year’s winner Matt Lyne is also a dairy farmer.
Guyett said he was surprised to claim his second win at the count at Proudfoots on Friday night.
He believed Scotts Creek, which had four wins and a draw from 15 matches, was on track to improve in 2014.
“We’ve got a group of young kids. This is their second year playing, so they did really well,” he said.
“Perhaps next year we can play finals and the year after that they can go a little bit further, you never know.
“From last year to this year there was substantial progress.”
Guyett said he hoped the WDSL grew in coming years.
He believed sides from Colac and Portland would add depth to a competition which was getting stronger each season.
“The team that lost the grand final to Hamilton, Jetty Flat, they had players for them that had come from the (Warrnambool) Rangers,” he said.
“There were four or five players that had come from the Rangers in the Ballarat association.
“And there are a lot of Irish and Scottish lads in the league. You can tell they’ve been playing for a long time.”
The WDSL presentation night attracted more than 100 people, highlighting the strength of the Warrnambool Wolves-run league.
Exciting teenage prospect Geva Atzili, from Merri Stingrays, took out the under 15 award to cap off a near-perfect season.
The Stingrays also won the under 15 grand final against Hamilton Raiders a fortnight ago.