Tropi­ano clan on all-nighter

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

AS soon as the fam­ily of Perth De­mon Ai­dan Tropi­ano found out he had won the 2015 San­dover Medal, they de­cided to jump in the car at 2am and drive from their home in Mullewa to Perth.

The Bel­mont res­i­dent cel­e­brated his San­dover Medal win in style, win­ning the count by one vote ahead of South Fre­man­tle’s Ash­ton Hams.

Tropi­ano’s par­ents Tony and Anita watched the count online, with Ai­dan ex­pected to poll well af­ter an out­stand­ing sea­son that saw him win the Butcher Medal as Perth’s best and fairest.

When their son was an­nounced the win­ner, Tony and Anita went to bed, got two hours sleep, and then drove the more than 500km jour­ney from Mullewa to Perth.

“I didn’t even have a con­ver­sa­tion un­til they were in the car,” Tropi­ano said of his par­ents com­ing down. “They just said they are in the car and will meet us in the morn­ing and I am very thank­ful for it.”

The count was one of the most thrilling in re­cent history. Tropi­ano led for most of the night, but was chal­lenged by Hams and Su­bi­aco’s Sam Mene­gola.

Hams led with just one round to go, with Tropi­ano tak­ing the win by polling four votes on the sec­ond-last vote read out on the night.

The 23-year-old’s win came de­spite Perth win­ning just two games.

The night proved a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion as it was also Tropi­ano’s 23rd birth­day. He said it was hard to put in words how spe­cial it was to wear the San­dover Medal.

“It was a mas­sive hon­our; you don’t un­der­stand how much it means to a per­son,” he said.

Tony, Ai­dan, Anita and Kurt Tropi­ano.

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