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‘Cat’ best of the best

Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

South star Cody Schorn and AFL Broken Hill legend Stan Brooks. Schorn won the Stan Brooks Medal for being best on ground in Saturday’s grand final. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan South star Cody Schorn and AFL Broken Hill legend Stan Brooks. Schorn won the Stan Brooks Medal for being best on ground in Saturday’s grand final. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

South’s superstar forward Cody Schorn added to his illustrious resume by winning the Stan Brooks Medal for his best on ground in Saturday’s League grand final.

It’s been another stellar season for the man known as ‘Cat’, having kicked 79 goals from 14 games, but he produced one of his best games on the big stage.

“To play well in the big games makes it a lot more rewarding and makes the hard season worth it,” Schorn told the media after the game.

While conditions on Saturday were far from awful, they weren’t ideal for forwards.

“The first quarter was a bit tricky because there was a bit of a cross breeze but it wasn’t anything too bad,” he said.

“After that, once we got rolling, it wasn’t too bad after that.”

It was a dominant season for the Roos, winning all 15 regular season games and mostly by big margins, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday with the Bulldogs pushing them all the way.

“It was an absolute ripper,” Schorn said. “I’m happy to play in a tough game like that. You don’t like beating teams by 10 goals every week and to have a contest like that was unreal.

“Best game of the year and it was saved for the last game so I hope everyone enjoyed it and we enjoyed playing in it.”

Schorn booted five goals in South’s hard-fought 14-point win over North while also assisting in other goals such as Todd Davidson’s that virtually sealed the win for the Roos late in the game.

“After I handballed (to Davidson), and it was a bit of a floater, I thought I might have copped a Craig Thomas-spray from up in the (coaches’) box which I’d be able to hear on the ground,” he said.

South and West legend Stan Brooks was on hand to present the medal named in his honour to Schorn following the game. Brooks played in 10 premierships, the last of which as captain coach for South, before serving as League chairman for several years.

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