Norwood FC midfielder, Mitch Grigg has claimed his first ever Magarey Medal in a thrilling count at the Adelaide Oval last night.
Grigg, polled a total of 23 votes and was involved in a nail-biting finale along with Port Magpies Brendan Ah Chee and Sturt’s James Battersby.
Grigg came out of the blocks early banking 16 votes after Round 11 showcasing his magnificent start to the season.
In the end Grigg’s win was cemented in the last round, polling three votes against Sturt outlasting Ah Chee by four.
Speaking to Mitch Grigg after the evening, he labelled the feeling of winning the 2017 Magarey as ‘surreal’ not expecting to win the award in the end.
“It’s very surreal to be honest,” said Grigg.
“To think of the players who have won this award for Norwood like Garry Mcintosh, Michael Aish and Matt Thomas to name a few and to think I am going to be put up with those guys is very humbling and I am honoured.
“I thought I had a pretty consistent season but I didn’t think it was that good of a season that warranted a Magarey Medal.
“But to have received this honour, words can’t describe how proud I am.”
Grigg, returned to the Parade this year after spending three years with the Adelaide Football Club. He mentioned that he has loved playing football again in 2017 and has acknowledged his teammates and staff as being a real catalyst in winning this award.
“The toughest aspect about returning has been the work life and the long days that come with it,” said Grigg.
“But in terms of football it has been a really enjoyable year, we have a great bunch of guys at the club including our coaches and staff.
“The club is definitely heading in the right direction and I can’t wait to be involved in the coming years and hopefully we can have Premiership success also.
Grigg, is now the 11th Redleg to win the Magarey Medal, with Matt Thomas the last to receive the award in 2013.
Grigg also made a special mention to his family, stating that without their love and support he wouldn’t be where he is right now.
“My family are very proud of me,”Grigg said.
“They have seen all the hard work that has gone into my football career, my Dad drove straight from Golden Grove to congratulate and celebrate with me last night as well.
“My Dad’s been a major role model in my career and now we are starting to enjoy it a bit more together.
“But overall it’s very humbling and I am grateful for everyone who has helped me achieve this honour.”