Wheelie good

September 22, 2017

Avenel born-and-bred superstar Willie Wheeler finished sixth in the J.J. Liston Trophy count as the VFL’s best and fairest player.

Wheeler, who has been a standout at Williamstown in recent seasons, polled 12 votes to finish just six votes behind eventual winner Jacob Townsend from Richmond.

Wheeler’s fellow Williamstown midfielder and 2016 J.J. Liston Trophy winner Michael Gibbons was runner-up on 16 votes, while another Seagulls team-mate Adam Marcon finished equal third on 14 votes.

To top off a stellar season, the hard-nosed midfielder was selected as an onballer in the 2017 VFL Team of the Year, which was announced at the J.J. Liston Trophy presentation.

This was Wheeler’s second VFL Team of the Year selection in as many seasons.

He hasn’t missed a game for the Seagulls this season, and leads the league for the total number of inside 50s.

Wheeler has also averaged 23 disposals and seven tackles a game, with his best performance coming against Port Melbourne in Round 14 with 36 disposals, 17 tackles and two goals.

Wheeler will be vying for back-to-back Gerry Callahan Medals — for Williamstown’s best and fairest player — when the club holds its count on September 28.

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