Burnie Dockers ruck-rover Harry Walters capped a dream start to the season.BURNIE 16.13 (109) -d- DEVONPORT 9.5 (59)BURNIE Dockers ruck-rover Harry Walters capped a dream start to the 2015 State League season when he took out the inaugural Cameron Baird Memorial Medal after his team’s 40-point win over Devonport.
The 27-year-old on-baller was in the thick of play all night in the game played at West Park and was presented with his medal before an appreciative crowd after the final siren.
Cameron Baird was Australia’s last Victoria Cross winner and lost his life in a gunbattle in Afghanistan.
His father Doug, a former player with Cooee, came from interstate and made the presentation of the medal to Walters.
The Baird Medal will become an annual feature for the best player in future Burnie-Devonport derbies.
Burnie overcame a slow start last night to reel in the Magpies and go on to a big win in perfect conditions at West Park.
Devonport led early by three goals before the Burnie machine moved into top gear and the Dockers were clearly the better team on the night.
Walters gained great assistance from Darren Banham who challenged him for the Baird Medal and it was also the Burnie big men led by Nick McKenna, Jason Laycock and “fly-in” Cameron Cloke who caused damage to Devonport.
McKenna, recognised as one of the best defenders in the competition, found himself on the forward line and was effective kicking four goals.
Laycock was credited with eight marks in the first quarter and went on to take 13 for the game in an impressive start to the season while Cloke made his presence felt as the game progressed.
Devonport was left to lick its wounds with new coach Mitch Thorp assisted off in the last term, and he is in doubt for next week’s clash with the Tigers.
Thorp had played well until he was injured, and the Magpies would have been happy with the debut of former Wynyard big man Sam Douglas.
Kade Pitchford appears ready to continue on from where he left off last year while Sean McCrossen and Ben Hawkes were impressive.
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