Eagles star finally lands coveted honour
GFL MATHIESON MEDAL
A LAST round best-on-ground performance propelled Newtown & Chilwell captain Matthew McMahon to a well-deserved Mathieson Medal last night.
The league medal added to McMahon’s GFL interleague best-onground accolade against Mornington and Peninsula in May and came after he finished equal-third last year and second in 2013 and 2014,.
The vote count went right down to the wire, with McMahon trailing Jarrod Garth (Bell Park), Lech Featherstone (St Joseph’s) and last year’s winner Nathan Deans (Grovedale) with one round to play.
But a dominant display against Lara in the season closer saw McMahon grab three votes and pinch the medal, finishing two votes clear of the star trio.
He finished the season with five beston-grounds and three seconds in a dominant year for the Eagles.
The Eagles onballer had just four votes in the first six rounds, but produced back-to-back-to-back threes to rocket to second in the count at the halfway point of the season.
Leopold’s Zanna Woods won the netball Premier best-and-fairest from Bell Park’s Kaitlyn Sheringham.
McMahon paid tribute to his family and new coach Damien McMahon, who only joined Newtown late in pre-season.
“I love going to footy training and being around the boys and the footy club and the support I get from (my wife) and family is fantastic,” McMahon, 27, said.
“We lost a lot of mature aged players and we got Macca on board pretty late in the pre-season which made it tough, but the work he puts in ... is unbelievable, and with the young side it is really exciting and something I haven’t really experienced for a few years.
“The young kids coming through just adds a lot of excitement to the club and we’re in a really good position.”
By Round 12 only one vote separated the top five players in the competition.
Deans made his move and when he and Featherstone polled threes in Round 14 to move to 19 and 16 votes respectively, McMahon looked in for a battle.
But another best-on-ground for the star midfielder in Round 16 saw him close to within one of Deans.
Power forwards Garth and Featherstone then joined Deans on 19 votes with threes of their own, with McMahon one off on 18 going into the final round.