Lakey’s Morrish Medal

Flynn Lakey (right) celebrates a Calder goal with Matthew Weber in 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

There was plenty of elation in the Gisborne area last week as teenage star Flynn Lakey won the NAB League’s Morrish Medal.

Lakey played nine matches with the Calder Cannons this season in between some senior matches with Gisborne.

The ball-winning midfielder was best afield three times with the Cannons, and finished with 12 votes to shared the prestigious medal with Greater Western Victoria’s big man Josh Rentsch.

Both were named on the interchange bench in the NAB’s team of the year.

Flynn’s father, Marty, was a star player and Flynn has inherited similar attributes, being a prolific handballer and kick gatherer around the midfield and on the ball.

“It’s a big of a shock. I didn’t really think about it too much at all,” Flynn said after the realisation sunk in he would share the Morrish Medal, won by many players who have later made a name for themselves at the top level.

Beginning his football as a seven-year-old, Flynn played over 100 matches with Gisborne Rookies, and represented the RDFNL at U13, U14 and U15 levels.

Gisborne’s senior women’s team captain, Claire Bourdon, has finished third with 17 votes in the Essendon District Football League’s division one best and fairest count.

An outstanding midfielder, Bourdon was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ success in 2021.