Tenacious players share De Grey Medal
Wickham Wolves midfielder Tim Renton and Dampier Sharks onballer Dylan McCutcheon have capped off fantastic years by sharing the De Grey Medal for the North Pilbara Football League’s best player.
Young Wolves sensation Kendall Taylor also showed his huge potential by claiming the Mathieson Medal for the reserves competition’s best player at the tender age of 16.
As the first Wolves player to win the De Grey Medal in many years, Renton was a popular victor in what proved recognition for his consistent form over the past three years as a dominant, goal-scoring on-baller.
He said he was proud to receive the award.
“It has been a long time since a Wolves player has won that award, so I’m real proud to get it,” he said.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed about the weekend’s loss (in the preliminary final), but we had a fair crack and it was probably about where we deserved to finish anyway — it was a good season overall.”
Renton also praised Taylor and the fleet of young stars at the Wolves.
“Everyone at the club is pretty optimistic about the next year knowing half of our team are young talent around 17 to 20 years old — they should all stick around and only get better,” he said.
It was a sentiment backed by Wolves president Paul Lott, who said the team would be a contender for years to come.
Sharks winner McCutcheon was equally praised as a deserving winner, noted for his fearless attack on the footy.
A member of the Sharks’ 2009 premiership side, McCutcheon is among the league’s best at winning the contested ball and pitching in for second and third efforts.
In a sign of his toughness, he returned from two weeks off with a hamstring injury to take part in last weekend’s preliminary final win over the Wolves.
Fellow Shark Guy Langdon finished runner-up behind Renton and McCutcheon.
Kendall Taylor, 16, won the Mathieson Medal.