Published on: Sep 12 2017 | Author: Zac Milbank |

Norwood midfielder Mitch Grigg has held on to win the 2017 Magarey Medal in what proved to be a thrilling count at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday night.

Polling a total of 23 votes, the strong-bodied onballer bolted out of the blocks to have 16 votes in the bank by Round 11 after a stunning start to the season.

But going into Round 18, Grigg’s early lead had been whittled away by Port Adelaide’s Brendon Ah Chee, who trailed Grigg by just two votes.

Ah Chee attracted two votes in Round 17 but only added one to his tally in the last minor round match while Grigg increased his lead by collecting three votes in a best-on-ground display against Sturt at The Parade.

It left the former Crow four votes in front of Ah Chee, ensuring he would become the 12th Norwood player to win the treasured individual prize first won by fellow Redleg Alby Green in 1898.

Sturt’s James Battersby made a bold run in the second half of the season to finish in third place with 16 votes, despite missing the opening seven rounds with a finger injury.

Three players – Norwood’s Matt Panos, Central’s Travis Schiller and West’s Kaine Stevens – were next on the list with 14 votes.

One of the pre-count favourites, Bulldog Nick Holman, polled 13 votes to finish 10 behind Grigg.

Originally from the Athelstone Football Club, Grigg began his career at The Parade in the Under-17s in 2008.

After progressing through the ranks, Grigg made his Macca’s League debut in Round 23, 2009 at the age of just 16.

The left-footer was then selected by Adelaide with pick No.41 in the 2011 AFL National Draft, playing a total of 20 AFL matches for the Crows before being delisted at the end of last year.

Given Grigg played in Norwood’s 2013 Macca’s League premiership while on the Crows’ list, it was no surprise to see him return to Woods Street in a full-time capacity this season.

Sporting the treasured No.8 guernsey which was worn with distinction by fellow Norwood Magarey Medallist Michael Aish, Grigg averaged a total of 26 disposals in his 18 matches playing through the centre square.

Measuring in at 182cm and 85kg, Grigg has now played a total of 85 Macca’s League matches and kicked a total of 70 goals.

2017 Magarey Medal Leaderboard
Mitch Grigg (Norwood) 23 votes
Brendon Ah Chee (Port) 19 votes
James Battersby (Sturt) 16 votes
Travis Schiller (Central) 14 votes
Matt Panos (Norwood) 14 votes
Kaine Stevens (West) 14 votes
Nick Holman (Central) 13 votes
Nick Liddle (South) 12 votes
Zane Kirkwood (Sturt) 12 votes
Aaron Young (Port) 12 votes

Club-By-Club Top Three
Harrison Wigg 11
Paul Seedsman 7
Brad Crouch 4

Travis Schiller 14
Nick Holman 13
Chris Jansen 9

Matt Snook 9
Dom Barry 9
Lachlan Earl 6

Max Thring 6
Alex Barns 3
Tanner Smith 3

Mitch Grigg 23
Matt Panos 14
Sam Baulderstone 7

Brendon Ah Chee 19
Aaron Young 12
Steven Summerton 10

Nick Liddle 12
Joel Cross 10
Nic Schwarz 5

James Battersby 16
Zane Kirkwood 12
Kory Beard 10

Kaine Stevens 14
Chris Schmidt 7
Josh Schiller 4

Woodville-West Torrens
Chris Hall 10
Jake Johansen 10
Jared Petrenko 8

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