Corio’s Bennett takes top GDFL gong

August 31, 2023 7:17 am in by
Whitley Medal winner Joel Bennett (Darren Phillips)

Corio midfielder Joel Bennett has taken home the Geelong and District Football League’s (GDFL) highest honour after being named the 2023 Whitley Medallist.

The Devils skipper and co-coach polled 30 votes across the season including eight in which he was named best-on-ground.

Bennett received six more votes than Werribee Centrals mid Tyler Crennan, and finished 12 ahead of third-placed Tavae Sauni of Winchelsea.

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He was also named captain of he GDFL Team of the Year for the second year in a row.

Thomson’s Mitchell Simons an Winchelsea’s Bailey Forsman were co-winners of the Ivan Tansing Medal with 15 votes apiece.