Headcount costs Lourey medal

A TEAMMATE'S momentary lapse in concentration has cost Frankston’s Michael Lourey the chance to share one of the VFL’s most sought-after awards, writes David O'Neill.

With seven goals in the final round of the home-and-away season, it was Port Melbourne’s Dean Galea that clinched the ‘Frosty’ Miller Medal as the competition’s leading goalkicker.

Only one major further back was Lourey on 54, denied a piece of the prize by the rarest of incidents.

The Dolphins’ spearhead sent 55 kicks through the big sticks this year, which normally would have been enough to be named joint-winner of the award.

But the number 54 will forever be etched next to his 2013 season after Frankston’s score was wiped during its Round 14 clash with the North Ballarat Roosters, erasing Lourey’s first half major in the process.