By ZAC MILBANK
Sturt’s Tom Powell has become just the second Double Blue to win the prestigious Torrens University Cup MVP Award.
The son of 2002 Jack Oatey Medallist Matthew Powell, Tom Powell joins Alex Wilson who won the inaugural Torrens University Cup MVP award in 2009.
A prolific presence inside the centre square for Sturt this year, Powell was named in his team’s best players for nine of his 12 minor round matches while averaging a staggering 34.9 disposals.
The 18-year-old was nominated for the Torrens University Cup MVP Award after his Round 3 performance which yielded 39 disposals and 14 clearances against West Adelaide.
Invited to SA’s NAB AFL Combine, Powell is considered to be a strong chance to be selected in December’s AFL Draft having also averaged 9.3 clearances per game.
Introduced in 2009, the MVP Award is presented to the best performing player in the Under-18 Torrens University Cup Competition.
One player is nominated for the Award each round throughout the home-and-away season, with the overall winner selected by a panel of judges chaired by SANFL State Talent Manager Brenton Phillips.
Courtesy of Torrens University, Powell – who measures in at 180cm and 70kg – receives $500 and a trophy.