2015 Driscoll Medalist Matt Rawlinson has once again put forward his claim for the SUANFC NEAFL Best & Fairest award following an elite 2016 season.
In 19 games for the Students, Rawlinson averaged just under 25 disposals (top 10 in NEAFL), 7 tackles (top 10 in NEAFL) and lead the competition in clearances, averaging 7.5.
The midfielder finished 7th in NEAFL MVP voting, polling 59 votes, 12 better than his 2015 total which saw him claim 8th spot overall.
Rawlinson was also named in the NEAFL Team of the Year for a second year running, alongside teammates Tom Young, Will Sierakowski and Jake Derickx.
Outside the field of play, Rawlinson was awarded a University Sporting Blue for outstanding sporting and academic achievements while studying urban planning at UNSW.
Outgoing SUANFC NEAFL coach Daniel Gilmore spoke highly about Rawlinson’s efforts during the 2016 season.
“Matt is known for his toughness but his greatest strength is his ability to bring others into the game with his contested ball winning capacity” said Gilmore.
“He’s starting to get the recognition from the wider football community… Matt led with his actions on gameday and the training track in 2016”.
Rawlinson will be one to watch during the vote count on the 23rd of September, as he looks to cap off a successful 2016 season with a second Driscoll Medal around his neck.
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