Treat for Lions gun
Grantham’s 2018 triumph was on the back of kicking 27 goals from 18 home and away matches, as well as being named in his side’s best players on 12 occasions.
The 26-year-old also averaged nearly two goals per game in the two seasons prior, including a total of 40 majors in 2017, and became just the third player in Lions history – first since 1976 – to win three consecutive best and fairest awards.
Grantham said he is proud of achieving such a feat.
“It’s something that maybe a bit later in life or after my footy career that I’ll look back on and be pretty proud of, but at the end of the day you still want the team success,” he told The Free Press.
“You get a bit of a thrill winning awards such as this which is good. At the end of the day I’m pretty proud to be recognised for such awards considering all the past players that have won it.”
Grantham said it was hard to tell whether 2018 was his best ever season; he won a thirds best and fairest at the Lions and is a senior premiership player at Glenrowan, while has also had stints at Corowa Rutherglen, Kilmore and Keilor.
“They’ve all been fairly similar actually, I thought this year I probably played a few more games where I was more consistent,” he said.
“In previous years I thought I had a lot of games where I was falling in and out of games, but this year I felt I had more four quarter performances instead of playing the good odd quarter here and there.
“I’ve been pretty lucky in the last few years as well with injuries.”
Grantham was candid when asked what his preferred position is. “I play wherever the team needs me,” he said.
“It’s always nice kicking a goal.”
The goal-kicking midfielder finished 24th in this year’s Barton Medal, ‘the leagues best and fairest,’ after polling seven votes, including two best on ground performances in both Round 4 against Yackandandah and Round 11 against Chiltern.
Wahgunyah finished 11th on the 2018 Dunns Twin City Cranes Seniors ladder with a win-loss record of 4-14.
Wahgunyah footballer Matthew Grantham won his third consecutive seniors best and fairest with the Lions, following another dominant season at Wahgunyah Racecourse and Recreation Reserve.