Local pride for Brownlow medallist
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