Lo­cal pride for Brown­low medal­list

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

Gun Hawthorn mid­fielder Tom Mitchell, who was last week judged the AFL’s best and fairest player and there­fore took out the 2018 Charles Brown­low Medal had some very ex­cited sup­port­ers in Yar­ra­wonga in his grand­par­ents, Teresa and Bill Mitchell.

Tom polled 28 votes, with a whop­ping six best on ground ef­forts to win four clear of Colling­wood ace Steele Side­bot­tom after com­ing run­ner up to Dustin Martin in the 2017 Brown­low Medal Count.

In just his first sea­son at Hawthorn after mov­ing from the Syd­ney Swans, Tom won the Peter Crim­mins Tro­phy, Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest.

Now in his sec­ond year at the Hawks, Tom has had his best one yet in a stel­lar year be­ing se­lected in the All Aus­tralian team for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year and was also awarded the Most Valu­able Player in the AFL as judged by his peers.

It is ob­vi­ous the ap­ple doesn’t fall far from the tree when you hear Tom’s dad Barry was also an AFL gun, play­ing 221 games for Syd­ney, Colling­wood and Carl­ton.

Tom’s Nanna Teresa, who was born in Yar­ra­wonga be­fore mov­ing to Mel­bourne in 1968 and com­ing back to Yar­ra­wonga in 1996, and Pop Bill have kept all the pa­per ar­ti­cles of Tom, gath­er­ing quite the col­lec­tion and show­ing their im­mense pride in their grand­son.

“We are so very proud of him and are just in awe that he is now a Brown­low medal­list,” Teresa said.

“He puts in so much ef­fort and is so foot­ball minded, he is al­ways train­ing and mak­ing sure he is at his best for his foot­ball.

“Bill and I weren’t able to get to any matches due to health rea­sons, but we watched them all on the tele and watched the whole Brown­low count.

“We were on the edge of our seats with nerves, clapped ev­ery vote he got and went through all the emo­tions, cry­ing and laugh­ing when they fi­nally an­nounced he had won.

“We can­not be any prouder of him and love him so dearly, it’s great to see him recog­nised for his ef­forts and we hope to go down to Mel­bourne to see him and his new piece of sil­ver­ware soon.”

Yar­ra­wonga res­i­dents and proud grand­par­ents Teresa and Bill Mitchell were de­lighted to see their grand­son, Tom, re­ceive this year’s Brown­low Medeal. Photo: AAP

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