Iles claims another Holman Medal
REDBACKS midfielder Brendan Iles has rated winning a third successive Holman Medal for fairest and best in the AFL Darling Downs competition as a career highlight.
He hopes to better that highlight in the next month with a Redbacks AFL Darling Downs premiership victory.
“This was my toughest year as I was so heavily tagged (by the opposition),” Iles said.
“I felt better about winning it this year as I believe I played the best footy of my career.”
Two years ago, Iles competed in two triathlons, the Hell of the West at Goondiwindi, and the Gatorade Challenge at Robina, and reckons he has retained most of his fitness
“I changed a few things with my (2011) pre-season and lost a bit of weight which helped with my speed and endurance,” Iles said.
“I have worked closely with (massage therapist) Phil Strang who has managed and prevented a lot of player injuries.
“He worked closely with me so I can get on the paddock week in, week out.”
While his main role in the team is not to kick goals, Iles slotted 17 majors for the season.
After leaving Warwick High, the 25-year-old played two half seasons with Morningside in Brisbane before he returned home to his beloved Redbacks.
“I like playing with my mates at home,” he said.
“This season's team is the best I have been involved with.
"The group is getting tighter and closer which helps on the paddock.
“It is great we have a lot of support from the town and community.
“I am happy to be part of a team representing a community which became closer in the aftermath of the tough times with floods in December and January.”
Iles scored 28 points to win the medal by 14 votes from Jeremy Leahy, of Goondiwindi, and Carl Horsfall, of Coolaroo, who were joint runners-up.
Redbacks midfielder Kurt Millard was fourth with 13.
Redbacks full forward Jason Wright won the John Green Trophy for most goals with 64. Redbacks player Aaron Lawlor also kicked in excess of 60 goals as his side easily kicked the most in 2011.
Peter Millard was top coach.