Just weeks after winning the AFL’s Rising Star award, Harry Sheezel put the icing on the cake on an unforgettable debut AFL season by earning the Syd Barker Medal – the North Melbourne Kangaroos’ Best & Fairest award.
Sheezel finished the club’s award night, held on September 16, with 197 Best & Fairest votes, while Nick Larkey (173) came second and Bailey Scott (140) was third.
The 18-year-old Mount Scopus College graduate and former AJAX junior footballer featured in all 23 AFL games, and was a key distributor for North Melbourne off half-back, showing his skill and class in a position on the field that was previously unfamiliar to him.
Sheezel averaged 27 disposals, 5.4 marks, 5.2 rebound 50s and 441.8 metres gained across the season.
He also achieved the most disposals (622) ever by a player in their debut AFL season.
Commenting on winning the Syd Barker Medal, Sheezel said, “I couldn’t be happier, more humbled and grateful to be a part of this incredible club and surrounded by the best people.
“I love this place, and I’m so excited to see where we can go from here.
“This [award] is a massive honour, so to see some of the champions who have won it in the past, and now to be a part of that history, is very special.”
Sheezel was also named the Kangaroos’ Best Young Player, and claimed the Mazda Excellence Award, which is voted for by North Melbourne fans.