Filo wins NTFL’s Nichols Medal by Richard Jones

FORMER Eaglehawk midfielder Brodie Filo has capped a stellar 12 months of football by winning the Northern Territory’s top individual award.

Filo played with Nightcliff in the NTFL in the season just ended and polled 18 votes to win the league’s prestige Nichols medal.

The latest award came a mere six months after he’d claimed the Bendigo Football League’s Michelsen Medal.

Before taking home the medal decided on umpire’s votes Filo had also won the 2015-16 media award in February: the Northern Territory News Player of the Season.

He went into the Nichols medal count as favourite but had to wait until the dramatic call of the final round’s votes.

Filo polled the two-vote in the Nightcliff Tigers’ concluding match against reigning premiers Wanderers.

That two-vote on the call-of-the-cards took Filo past Central Districts’ century goalkicker and eventual runner-up Will Farrer.

The pair had gone into the final round locked on 16 votes apiece.

Brodie Filo polled in nine of the Tigers’ 16 NTFL home-and-away games.

Filo is the son of Bendigo league legend Derrick Filo who not only is the sole player in the league’s 155-year history to notch up 400 senior games but is himself a Michelsen medallist.

Derrick Filo won the Michelsen back in 1991.

But Brodie Filo, now 26, won’t be back in Eaglehawk’s famous two-blue colours in 2016.

He’s signed with Shepparton United in the Goulburn Valley league.

Brodie Filo’s medal win caps off a stellar roll call of central Victorians who have claimed a Nichols Medal.

Troy Coates who hails from Kerang and also played a couple of seasons with Eaglehawk in the BFL won the NT top award in 2011-12 while back in 2005-06 former Castlemaine midfielder Heath Culpitt claimed top honours.

St Arnaud’s 2015 premiership coach James McNamee won the medal in 2010-11 while playing for NTFL club Wanderers.

Filo’s club Nightcliff was knocked out of the NTFL’s premiership race following a loss to St. Mary’s in the elimination final.

The 2016 Bendigo season kicks off on 16 April.

 

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