Medal win

Hon­our caps off stel­lar sea­son

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Justin Fris

Hawks mid­fielder Mitch Lynn claimed the 2018 Hayward Medal on Tues­day night, cap­ping off a scin­til­lat­ing sea­son for the lo­cal foot­ball club headed into the fi­nals.

Lynn polled 31 votes across the sea­son, fin­ish­ing seven clear of Ea­ton Boomers livewire Gra­ham Jetta on 24.

Af­ter polling six votes in the open­ing five rounds, the Hawks mae­stro peeled off sev­eral best-on- ground per­for­mances to cat­a­pult into the lead at the mid­way point of the sea­son.

Jetta’s stel­lar mid-sea­son form didn’t go un­no­ticed by the um­pires ei­ther — polling 14 votes in five games to en­sure a thrilling fin­ish dur­ing the fi­nal three rounds.

How­ever, Lynn’s form proved too good in the fi­nal stretch, with two ad­di­tional best-on-ground per­for­mances en­sur­ing a com­fort­able vic­tory.

Lynn was hum­ble in ac­cept­ing the hon­our and praised his team­mates and coach Matt Jamieson.

“The job that Jamo has done with us has been amaz­ing and it’s full credit to him,” he told the au­di­ence.

“It’s not just me, but it’s 21 other boys who fully de­serve to be part of it. They are not all here tonight, but thanks to them.”

Lynn’s vic­tory en­sured he be­came the ninth Hawks player to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious league award.

Pic­tures: Jon Gell­weiler

Hawks mid­fielder Mitchell Lynn has taken out the South West Foot­ball League’s top hon­our. INSET: Lynn in ac­tion.

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