Valenti wins back to back Listons

Port Melbourne’s Shane Valenti was announced the 2011 J.J. Liston Trophy winner at the Liston Trophy night on Monday at Etihad Stadium. After sharing the title last year with North Ballarat’s Steve Clifton (now at GWS), Valenti was the runaway winner this season in the Peter Jackson VFL, polling an amazing 14 votes in the first six rounds. The Port midfielder ended the count on 25 votes from 15 games - having missed three games due to injury midseason – and finished 10 votes ahead of  runner up Casey Scorpions Matthew Bate (15), with Williamstown’s Ben Jolley finishing third (13).

Valenti became just the sixth player to win two Liston’s and is only the third player to accomplish the extraordinary feat of back to back wins. It has added another layer to the outstanding season enjoyed so far by Port Melbourne, which has now provided 11 winners of the Liston.

After coming through the TAC Cup, Valenti progressed to Sandringham, played in a premiership (2006), won the Fothergill-Round Medal (2007) for the best young talent in the competition and on the back of those standout seasons earned selection as a rookie player with Melbourne.

While events did not pan out as he would have wished at the AFL, Valenti returned to the VFL as he wanted to play and enjoy football at the highest possible level.

He has this season been an integral part of Port Melbourne’s longest winning streak in the clubs history – currently standing at 19 wins – and he will this weekend be taking to the field on Saturday against the Northern Bullants in a Preliminary Final at TEAC Oval, with the winner to progress through to the Peter Jackson VFL Grand Final at Etihad Stadium on Sunday September 25.

Please find attached other results from the Liston Trophy night, and for full votes head to www.vfl.com.au

 

Liston Top 10

S. Valenti

Port Melbourne

25

M. Bate

Casey Scorpions

15

B. Jolley

Williamstown

13

R. McKenzie

North Ballarat

12

W. Minson

Williamstown

12

C. Richardson

North Ballarat

11

A. Bentick

Port Melbourne

11

C. Cain

Port Melbourne

11

O. Stephenson

North Ballarat

10

A. Iacobucci

Northern Bullants

10

T. Tuck

Werribee Tigers

10

B. Goodes

Williamstown

10

 

Zebras vote getters:

J. Magner Sandringham 4
T. Lynch Sandringham 4
M. Gardiner Sandringham 4
M. Marigliani Sandringham 4
J. Steven Sandringham 3
A. McQualter Sandringham 3
D. Gallagher Sandringham 3
C. Irving Sandringham 3
T. Ledger Sandringham 3
R. Gamble Sandringham 2
A. Smith Sandringham 2
R. Clarke Sandringham 2
M. Lourey Sandringham 2
R. Ferraro Sandringham 1
W. Johnson Sandringham 1
M. Boland Sandringham 1
T. Simpkin Sandringham 1

 

Other awards presented on the night included.

A. Todd Medallist (reserves B&F): Matthew Cravino - Williamstown (27 Votes), Matthew Boland was Sandringhams best with 9 votes

Jim “Frosty’ Miller Medallist (leading goalkicker): Patrick Rose – Port Melbourne (67 goals), Michael Lourey was Sandringhams best with 36 goals.

Fothergill-Round Medallist: Ahmed Saad – Northern Bullants




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