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