Mitch Lynn from the Augusta Margaret River Football Club, has tonight won the Hayward Medal at a packed Lighthouse Beach Resort in Bunbury, winning by seven votes.
Lynn joins previous Hawks winners Jeremy Humm (2012), Justin Cook (1990), Richie Lee (1986, 1985), Peter Ivanoff (1981), Ross Tyson (1977, 1976) and Mick Merritt (1966) on the honour roll. Lynn’s total of 31 votes is the highest amount of votes since Jamie Nani (34) in 2001 and is the fifth highest total in the history of the medal.
Eaton Boomers Graham Jetta finished second in the Hayward Medal with 24 votes, one clear of Bunbury’s Jesse Gribble who polled 23 votes.
Amazingly Lynn scored more than half of all of the votes for Augusta Margaret River, finishing 25 votes clear of Ben Gerrans who polled six votes.
Lynn polled his first votes in round three (two), followed by a further two votes in round four, and a third consecutive two votes in round five, to be three votes behind early leader Jesse Gribble.
Lynn scored his first best on ground in round seven against Busselton in the Southern Derby, and backed that up with a further three votes in round eight against Carey Park at Kelly Park. Lynn took the lead in round nine when he scored his third consecutive poll of three votes against Harvey Brunswick Leschenault.
After ten rounds, it would be a three way tie, with Lynn, Gribble and Carey Park’s Tim Yarran all on 15 votes, three clear of Jace Cormack of Donnybrook.
Tim Yarran took the lead in the count in round eleven, with a best on ground performance against the Harvey Bulls, while Lynn picked up one vote against Donnybrook.
Lynn regained the lead in round twelve when he was awarded his fourth best on ground against South Bunbury to lead by one with six games remaining. Lynn backed it up again in round thirteen with another three votes, but Cormack and Gribble were also polling well, staying in touch with Lynn. Lynn polled one vote in the Hawks loss to Bunbury at Payne Park in round fourteen, to lead be three votes after fifteen rounds. Graham Jetta had moved to second, ahead of Cormack, Yarran and Gribble.
When Lynn scored his sixth maximum in round sixteen he had moved five clear of Jetta, Gribble and Yarran who were all tied on 21 votes. When Lynn scored his seventh three vote haul it was all over, wrapping up the medal with two votes in the final round to finish with 31 votes.
Bunbury scooped a good proportion of the other awards announced on the night, headed by Jesse Gribble who was named the Phoenix Petroleum Player of the Year.
FULL AWARD WINNERS
Hayward Medalist: Mitch Lynn, Augusta Margaret River
South West Times – Times Medal (Reserves): Jordan Cuxson, Eaton Boomers
Dagostino Developments Medal (Colts): Kai Luzi, Bunbury
Nola Marino Medal (Womens): Carly Allen, Bunbury
Phoenix Petroleum Player of the Year: Jesse Gribble, Bunbury
CBA Reserves Player of the Year: Aaron Mills, Bunbury
Express Print Colts Player of the Year: Thomas O’Brien, Bunbury
Halifax Crane Hire Coaches Award (Women): Kloe Bassett, Bunbury
BCE Surveying Coaches Award: Jesse Gribble, Bunbury
Dale Alcock Homes Club Champion Award: Bunbury
Southern City Sheds Leading Goal Kicker: Brett Peake, Bunbury
Southern City Sheds U/19 Leading Goal Kicker: Heath Ryder, Eaton Boomers
Parks Centre Reserves Leading Goal Kicker: Chris Strano, HBL
Sports Marine Colts Leading Goal Kicker: Jayen Farrant, Bunbury
Dale Alcock Women’s Leading Goal Kicker: Cassara Hill, Bunbury
Parks Tavern Rising Star: Heath Ryder, Eaton Boomers
Halifax Crane Hire U/19 Future Star Award: Jed Montgomerie, South Bunbury
South Western Times League Medal: Jesse Crichton, HBL
Neville Millar Colts Medal: Kyle Tickle, Busselton
WACFL Volunteer of the Year: Bob Hislop, Bunbury