Treat for Lions gun

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES -

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.

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