Te­na­cious play­ers share De Grey Medal

Pilbara News - - News - Ben Leahy

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.

Pic­ture: NPFL

Kendall Tay­lor, 16, won the Mathieson Medal.

Tim Renton

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