Kelly creates history
Tuesday, 9th September, 2014
North's Jayden Kelly claimed his fourth Lionel Johnston Medal last night and in the process created his own slice of history.
He became only the third player to win this prestigious award on four or more occasions, whether it was in trophy or medal form.
Since returning from a stint with Central Districts in the SANFL, Kelly has been the standout player in the Broken Hill competition.
He now joins Wayne Walker who also has four to his name.
While Walker won his over an 18-year period, Kelly has won his four in five years and was runner up in 2013.
He now stands just one win away from legend Ray Egan, who claimed five in his career.
Kelly polled 24 votes, seven ahead of teammate Quinton Beavan. Beavan has been the surprise packet in 2014, playing his most consistent football.
Third in this year's count was South star Jordan Johns with 13 votes.
Johns had to contend with teammates taking votes away from each other. After being runner up last year he has continued his impressive form.
But the Mail Medal, voted on by the umpires, went to Johns. It was his second Mail Medal after winning the award back in 2009.
Johns won with 31 votes, a massive 17 clear of Beavan.
In third place was South's tough nut Marc Purcell with 12 votes.
All three have had outstanding years for their clubs.
The Frank Thomas Best Junior for 2014 went to South's Mitch Henderson.
It was another outstanding year from the young Roo who finished the year with 20 goals to his name while playing numerous roles for the South Football Club.
Runner-up was North's Isaac Cumming who also had a great debut season.
Unfortunately for Cumming, his season was cut short by an injury in round 13.
Third in this year's best junior was West young gun Ty Andrews.
He has grown into his role in 2014, which at times was difficult playing in the Robins' back half.
With the number of talented juniors around in the four clubs, football in the Hill will be healthy for some time.
AFL Broken Hill's leading goal kicker for 2014 was South's full forward Todd Blacksell with 70.
It's the highest since Brad Brooks kicked 113 in 1999.
Blacksell was eleven ahead of team mate Cody Schorn.
Well done and congratulations to all of the winners.