Max makes history for Saints

Published 12:00pm 13 September 2022

Max makes history for Saints
Words by Nick Crockford

Max Harding has become the first Pine Rivers St Andrews player in 25 years to win the Brisbane Hockey League's premier individual award.

Harding's red hot early-season form led to him being awarded the Brisbane Hockey Association Best and Fairest Medal for the 2022 season.

The midfielder registered five straight player-of-the-match displays in from the 2022 season's first five rounds and had seven player-of-the-match awards in total.

The 23-year-old Toowoomba product won the medal ahead of previous winners Hugh Pembroke (Easts) and Cale Cramer (Bulimba).

Max makes history for Saints
Max Harding in action for Pine Rivers St Andrews. Picture: Annette's Action Shots

Redcliffe's winner

Harding is the first Pine Rivers St Andrews player to win the best and fairest medal, based on 3-2-1 votes from umpires after each Brisbane Hockey League 1 game, since Garry Jennison in 1997.

A Queensland Under 21 representative, Harding made his Brisbane Hockey League debut for the Saints in 2016 and brought up his 100th game with the Brendale-based club this season.

Redcliffe goalkeeper Joshua Blakey polled the most votes for the peninsula side in the best and fairest medal count.

In another win for Pine Rivers St Andrews, the Saints were awarded the Merv Harris Memorial Shield as the best club in Brisbane senior men's hockey for the third straight season.

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