VAFA: Cam Howat humbled by league honour

HE may have just won the highest individual honour in the Victorian Amateur Football Association Premier division, but Old Carey co-captain Cam Howat doesn’t think 2012 was his best year.

Howat won the Woodrow Medal for the first time, but isn’t sure how it happened.

‘‘I thought I didn’t have quite as consistent a year as I had last year,’’ Howat says. ‘‘I obviously caught the umpires’ attention, but I thought I had a few lean periods... I guess some of my better games stood out a bit more.

‘‘I was probably a bit up-and-down, a bit like our form, we were really good at times and really bad at times.’’

While Howat was happy to win the award, he says his disappointment at missing the finals  took off some of the shine.

‘‘It was probably a fair result in the end,’’ he says. ‘‘We didn’t win some games we should have. We couldn’t beat Collegians or Xavs and we lost to St Bedes and Uni Blues. We look back and think what might have been.’’

Howat has scaled football’s heights, playing 21 games for Richmond in the AFL from 2006-08. He has  nothing but praise for the standard of footballers around him now.

‘‘It’s highly skilled. I think under AFL or VFL you’d be hard pressed to beat the VAFA comp,’’ he says.

And what about a comeback to the big time? 

‘‘If an opportunity presented itself I might, but I’m fairly realistic. I’m 27 now so if it was to come up that would be great but [I’m] certainly not hopeful,’’ he says. ‘‘I was very, very grateful for the opportunity I had at Richmond.

‘‘I wasn’t overly mature in the body and probably  not in the mind either.  Since I’ve come down to Carey I definitely think I’ve improved.’’

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