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David Butts Perpetual Trophy  –  Reserves Best & Fairest

The Reserves ‘Best and Fairest’ award is named in honour of past player, David Butts, a dedicated and courageous backman who played 97 games for Mentone during the 1980s. ‘Buttsie’, a no-nonsense, slim-built, left-footed defender, made his debut for the Mentone Third Eighteen, under coach Warren Fort, in 1984. He played all sixteen games in his first season and subsequently won the ‘Best Team Man’ award.

Especially noted for his dedication on the track, David went on to win the ‘Coaches’ Trophy’ in his second season with the Thirds. In 1986, David made his senior debut for the club, playing nineteen games for the Reserves and becoming a member of their premiership team.

In the following season he won the Reserves ‘Most Consistent’ award and in 1988 he again had a solid season playing eighteen matches. Despite only managing fourteen games in 1989, David polled an impressive 24 votes to finish runner-up in the ‘Best and Fairest’ award in what was a Reserves premiership year.

David, a member of the Victorian Police Force, died in tragic circumstances during the following summer. At the annual meeting in 1990, the club acknowledged David’s stalwart service throughout the previous decade by re-naming the Reserves ‘Best and Fairest’ award the ‘David Butts Memorial Trophy’ in his honour.

Recipients David Butts Perpetual Trophy

1993  Paul Newport 1994  Vin L’Huillier 1995  Paul Newport
1996  Marcel Dols 1997  Chris Stewart 1998  Brendan Beasley
1999  Justin Sebire 2000  Jarrod Harrington 2001  Robert Parsons
2002  Jarrod Chaplin 2003  Mark Ferris 2004  Mark Ferris
2005  Mark Andrews 2006  Michael McGettigan 2007  James Terrell
2008  James Terrell 2009  Carey Neville 2010  Michael McGettigan
2011  Patrick Kean 2012  Tony DeMacedo 2012  Samuel Barca
2013  Sam Nichols 2014  Lewis Stutterd 2015  Dale Foley
2016  Dale Foley 2017  Nicholas Henricks 2018  Ryan Leslie
2019  Samuel Barca