Konner Cunningham is small, but brave – qualities that won him the Wilfred Brown Memorial Trophy for Most Courageous thirds player at Solomontown Football Club.
The award is named after the late Wilfred (“Boxer”) Brown who played for the Cats in the 1920s, but later suffered from tuberculosis and had a lung removed.
He was the grandfather of Recorder senior journalist Greg Mayfield who donated the award and congratulated Konner on his success.
Konner, 18, of Crystal Brook, was a rover this season and hopes to join the league team next year.
Asked what was important to him about football, he replied: “Going in hard … being quick.”
The St Mark’s College student is calculating on using his brainpower as well – he wants to go to university to study finance. He said his coach “Joel” Head had been “awesome” and a “good mentor”.
Mr Head said Konner had switched from the Northern Demons soccer team to football this season. He finished third in the club’s best-and-fairest award.
“He missed the first five games through soccer and played a seconds match,” Mr Head said. “He is only a little fellow, but he is super-courageous.
“His two-way running was sensational. He was just a ‘sponge’ for information. He put his head over the ball and didn’t stop running.”
Needless to say, Konner won’t be going back to soccer.