Matt claims ANZAC medal

Thursday, 29th May, 2014

West’s Matt Nelson was awarded with the 2014 ANZAC Day medal.  PICTURE: Ethan James West’s Matt Nelson was awarded with the 2014 ANZAC Day medal. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Ethan James

By Ethan James


What do the three AFL ANZAC Day medallists have in common?


It’s a question that may stump even the most ardent Broken Hill trivia buffs.


Aside from the fact that they can all proudly wear the prestigious medal, the answer is simple.


All three winners share the same first name.
Matt Dempster won the inaugural award in 2012, while teammate Mat Garrick claimed the medal last season.
West ruckman Matt Nelson added his name to the list when he was presented with the award for Best on Ground against Central last month.  
When told about the re-occurring theme, Nelson was as surprised as he was when he was presented with the medal.
“I wasn’t aware of that actually ... maybe that is how it works,” he laughed.
The Robins came from behind to beat the Magpies 12.8 (80) to 10.14 (74).
Nelson won plenty of ball for his side and was busy across the ground.
“I must have gone alright to get the medal I suppose,” he told the BDT.
“It wasn’t one of my better games but I probably worked harder in that game than I have in a while.
“I don’t think I was overly skilled or anything, I just kept pushing myself.”
Nelson has been playing senior footy for the club for about ten years after making his debut at the age of 15.
He has seen the many ebbs and flows of West and is well placed to assess their current form.
West have been consistently inconsistent in the opening five rounds but even Nelson is unable to pinpoint the reason for the club’s swings.
“We’ve got some great players but I don’t know what it is, we have our off days like every club but ours seem to be more extreme,” Nelson said.
“It’s hard to say exactly why ... we’ve just got to get it together.”