Hot Hawk leads the way

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Augusta-Margaret River’s Mitch Lynn polled 31 votes to win the 2018 Hayward Medal.
Camera IconAugusta-Margaret River’s Mitch Lynn polled 31 votes to win the 2018 Hayward Medal. Credit: South Western Times/Bunbury Herald, Jon Gellweiler

Augusta-Margaret River midfielder Mitch Lynn claimed the 2018 Hayward Medal on Tuesday night, capping off a scintillating season.

Lynn polled 31 votes across the season, finishing seven clear of Eaton Boomers livewire Graham Jetta on 24.

After polling six votes in the opening five rounds, the Hawks maestro peeled off several best-on- ground performances to catapult into the lead at the midway point of the season.

Jetta’s stellar mid-season form did not go unnoticed by the umpires either, polling 14 votes in five games to ensure a thrilling finish over the final three rounds.

However, Lynn’s form proved too good in the final stretch, with two additional best-on-ground performances ensuring a comfortable victory.

Following the formal component of the ceremony, Lynn embraced his teammates and coach Matt Jamieson, keenly sharing the triumph with them.

The only thing warmer than Lynn’s smile on the evening was his goodwill to the Hawks faithful for helping him throughout the season.

“It speaks volumes of the boys,” he said.

“But we’ve got two more games to go in our eyes. That’s the main focus for us at the moment.”

With exceptional midfielders around him, Lynn believes it helps him enjoy time on the ball.

“It’s probably due to the boys around me,” he said.

“They are the main part of it all.

“There are 21 other blokes who have contributed to this medal and they deserve as many accolades as I do.”

Prior to heading back to Margaret River after an emotional evening, Lynn had a special message for those close to him.

“Mum, Dad, aunts, uncles and Abbey my girlfriend — they’ve all been a huge part of this,” he said.

“To put up with me and my pre and post-game rituals is huge.”

Lynn’s victory ensured he became the ninth Hawks player to receive the prestigious award.

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