Best foot forward in finale for flag
FOOT injuries which cut down a promising AFL career have finally taken their toll on Jason Laycock, but the ruckman was able to produce one last vintage performance before signing off yesterday.
A 2005 AFL Rising Star nominee, Laycock played 58 games across six seasons with Essendon before being cut in 2009 after he missed the entire campaign.
He landed a TSL premiership with Burnie in 2012 and added another with New Norfolk yesterday in the club’s thrilling five-point defeat of Lindisfarne in the SFL grand final at North Hobart.
Laycock was awarded the Gorringe-Martyn Medal as best afield after dragging the Eagles back from a 23-point quarter-time deficit.
He booted a crucial secondquarter goal and was a colossus late in the gripping contest when the Two Blues were throwing everything at New Norfolk in an attempt to regain the lead.
And when they did with two minutes left, it was the 32-yearold who again got the ball moving the Eagles’ way as Marcus Parker grubbed a goal off the ground to seal the result.
“To stand up for the boys when they needed it, I have a pretty handy midfield around me so some of those taps look better than what they are,” Laycock said.
“I’ve had a tough run with the footy gods lately and I think they have looked after me one last time.
“I’m going to end it today, I’ve had enough and I have surgery booked, I will go out on that – quite content to finish it on that.”