SEAMUS Brady might have wrested bragging rights off older brother Paddy.
The Koroit footballer won the Judd Cup as the Hampden league’s under 18.5 best and fairest on Sunday.
Brady’s one-vote win over Portland’s Zane Barker came three weeks after Paddy shared the Warrnambool and District league reserves top honour.
“Paddy had a really good season so I just tried to get better than him and get that one,” he said.
Brady polled 18 votes after a standout year in the Saints’ midfield.
Small in stature, he was big in impact, helping the side to the grand final.
He also made his senior debut for Koroit on a wet, windy day at Victoria Park.
His first major play was a crunching tackle where he earned holding-the-ball honours.
“I have always been hard at it. I love winning it out of the centre and getting it to our forwards so I like that physical, contested stuff," Brady said.
“The senior game was really exciting for me and just playing with all my mates.
“I have always enjoyed playing with my footy mates and I have met a lot of people along the journey.”
Brady said he was pleased with his contribution in his senior debut, which came against arch rival Port Fairy.
“It wasn’t ideal, the weather, and I was a bit crook the week before but it was great,” he said.
“I was really excited to get amongst it.”
Brady, who also has an older brother Joey, wears a trademark helmet which has become part of his weekly uniform.
“My brothers always played with it, Dad (Anthony) always played with it so Dad always tells me ‘make sure you wear your helmet’,” he said.
“I don’t think I have gone a game without it and this white one I have just had for ages.
“It’s really good to have. It catches the eye a bit."
Brady, a student at Emmanuel College, will now switch his attention to the Saints’ under 18.5 grand final clash against South Warrnambool at Reid Oval on Saturday.
The Judd Cup count, which was held alongside the senior awards in a break with recent tradition, was close.
Brady finished one vote clear of Barker, a midfielder who also spent time in the Tigers’ senior side.
South Warrnambool’s Jalen Porter, another teenager to experience senior exposure in 2018, was third with 16 votes.
“I was a little bit nervous towards the end there but I am really happy with it,” Brady said of the thrilling victory at City Memorial Bowls Club.
“I knew I had a pretty quiet week against Warrnambool.
“I was hoping ‘Zaneo’ would have a quiet one too which he did.”
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