West Australian Aussie rules fans are celebrating a momentous Brownlow Medal win by superstar Nat Fyfe from the Fremantle Dockers.
But the announcement was marred slightly by an embarrassing AFL blunder.
Gunjot Singh reports.
Fyfe has been a dominant midfielder for the club all season and took AFL’s best and fairest title with 31 votes.
He defeated last year’s winner Matt Priddis, from the West Coast Eagles, by just three votes.
Docker’s fans were ecstatic because the 24-year-old is the club’s first Brownlow winner.
Nat Fyfe, Brownlow Medalist: “We had a strong year this year finishing on top of the ladder but obviously a disappointing end but I think we can take this home and really celebrate this as a club and as a community.”
However, Fyfe’s celebrations will be short as he heads into surgery this week for a leg fracture suffered in the team’s loss to Hawthorn.
Nat Fyfe, Brownlow Medalist: “Being a cripple doesn’t sit very comfortably with me so I want to get fit and healthy and, as soon as I can, get ready for another campaign.”
The AFL was left red faced after first naming Hawthown’s Sam Mitchell as the Brownlow Medalist on its website.
He actually was third best player on 26 votes.
Attention has now shifted to Hawthorn and the West Coast Eagles ahead of Saturday’s AFL grand final.
Gunjot Singh, QUT News.