SUANFC NEAFL co-captain Tom Young lead from the front in 2016, helping his Students’ teammates to successive preliminary final appearances since his return to the Club in 2015.
The former Magpie and Bulldog had an outstanding 2016 season, averaging 26 disposals and 4 marks a game, earning him a team-high 12 mentions in the Students’ best throughout the year.
Despite winning the NEAFL MVP in 2015, Young finished runner-up in last year’s Driscoll Medal behind close friend, Matthew Rawlinson.
Young’s best game came against the Lions in Round 7, where he accumulated 36 disposals and kicked a goal in his side’s 10-point win.
Despite a slow start to the season, Young was named best-on-ground 5 times between Round 4 and 15.
Teammate and co-captain, Lewis Stevenson had nothing but praise for Young’s effort on and off the field.
“Youngy picked up where he left off last year after taking out the 2015 NEAFL MVP award. His performances throughout 2016 showed why he was a worthy winner,” said Stevenson.
“He was elevated from his leadership role in 2015 to a co-captain for the 2016 season, where he exceeded and lead by example after single-handedly dragging the boys over line in a number of close wins.”
“His passion, decision making, composure and ball winning ability were huge assets for the midfield group and the team as a whole.”
For the second year running, Young was named in the NEAFL Team of the Year alongside Driscoll Medal Contenders Matt Rawlinson, Will Sierakowski and Jake Derickx.
“Yet again he (Young) was named in the 2016 NEAFL team of the year and narrowly missed out on the MVP award showing us why he is so highly valued and respected at SUANFC,” said Stevenson.
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