2017 Hepburn Medal awarded to Richard Bourne

Players and supporters of the Esperance Districts Football Association were out in force on Saturday night for the 2017 Hepburn Medal presentation. 

There was a large turnout at the Esperance Bay Turf Club for the annual vote count that awards the high achievers in our local competition. 

Esperance Bulldogs player Richard Bourne claimed top honours.

The midfielder’s efforts on the football field were recognised when he took home the association’s highest award, with 39 votes for the year. 

A newcomer to the competition, majority of Bourne’s votes came late in the season, with the last game the medal’s decider. 

During his speech Bourne thanked players for the season and made special mention to his coach Michael Harding for his ongoing support. 

2017 Hepburn Medallist Richard Bourne with his coach Michael Harding. Photo: Jake Meadley.

2017 Hepburn Medallist Richard Bourne with his coach Michael Harding. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Bourne said while he was humbled by the acknowledgement, he had his sights set on winning the grand final. 

Gibson Tigers Patrick Jannings came in second with 35 votes. 

In third place was Bulldogs players Roger Parson on 28 points, with teammate Brendon White following suit with 26 points. 

Ports Blues young gun Isaac Buckely drew with White, also claiming 26 votes for the season. 

The night also honoured the hard work association and club volunteers undertake throughout the season. 

Umpires and sponsors were also thanked and acknowledged for their role in the local competition. 

Now that the season is done and dusted players will be gearing up for finals. 

Tigers and Bulldogs will go head to head and the Blues will take on the Newtown-Condingup Lions. 

Good luck to all teams! 

Results from the weekend:


Esperance 12.5 (77) Gibson 4.7 (31)

Ports 19.9 (123) Newtown-Condingup 13.6 (84)


Gibson 5.11 (41) Esperance 4.6 (30)

Ports 6.10 (46) Newtown-Condingup 4.13 (37)