Kojonup’s Jamie Marinoni has expressed gratitude and pride for being named the best and fairest player in the grand final and how his season of footy turned out. He was awarded the Harvey Giblett medal when the Cougars won the 2023 Lower South West Football League premiership in Boyup Brook on September 9. He said he was still processing being acknowledged as the best and fairest and the recipient of the Harvey Giblett medal, also noting how the team had played well during the season. “I’m pretty stoked and winning still hasn’t sunk in yet,” he said. “I’m pretty happy being awarded best and fairest and more happy to win the game, everyone played a great game and contributed to our great season.” He was thankful he was able to complete the football season, noting an early season injuring jeopardising his season. “I did my knee in during the first game and tore my miniscus, so I wasn’t too sure whether I could continue,” he said. “I was happy to get back into the game and play footy for the rest of the year, especially with the team doing so well and the opportunity to win a premiership.” He also said he was happy with how the season ended and being a part of Kojonup’s wins throughout the 2023 season with his fellow players. “It’s good to get a win with the mates, since Kojonup’s a team of local boys, so we’re good mates,” he said. Marinoni hopes Kojonup will be able to keep up their winning streak in the next season and will be able match their success. “Hopefully we can go back to back with the premiership, and next year we won’t have to go to extra time and win it straight out, and just have a good year,” he said.