Field Umpire Toby Medlin will remember his 200th Macca’s League game for more reasons than one after officiating in the Sturt v Norwood blockbuster at Peter Motley Oval on Sunday.
Not only was it a significant milestone for Medlin but the Redlegs’ final quarter blitz – which saw them boot a staggering 13 goals – will ensure he doesn’t forget the experience in a hurry.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 2017 Golden Whistle Award winner said he chose to umpire that clash given the expected atmosphere at Unley between the two neighbouring rivals.
And he wasn’t let down after nearly 4,000 people witnessed the Redlegs’ rampage after three tense terms against the Double Blues.
Making his Macca’s League debut in the Port v West clash back in 2006, Medlin paid tribute to all of his coaches along the journey as well as family and friends who have sacrificed a lot to support Medlin’s pursuit.
Two of Medlin’s three SANFL Grand Final appearances have included the 2014 and 2017 title-deciders which featured results by less than a goal in front of crowds in the vicinity of 40,000.
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