South Augusta's Darcy Kildea wins Madigan Medal

South Augusta's Darcy Kildea won his second Madigan Medal.

The champion midfielder polled 24 votes to lead West Augusta's Nick Collins, 19 votes, and Lions' Tyler Eckert, 18 votes.

The injured Eckert wins The Recorder Medal as the highest vote-getter from Port Pirie.

The count for the Madigan Medal, awarded to the Spencer Gulf League's best-and-fairest player, was at the Port Football and Community Sporting Club.

Kildea, a teacher in Port Augusta, led for most of the count and consolidated his position in the final stages.

Modestly, he said he had not expected the win and paid tribute to his team-mates.

"I really didn't think I was going to win this, hence the thongs and hat that I am wearing," he told the gathering of league, umpiring and club representatives.

"Kriston Thompson had a better year. It is like getting an 'A' on a group project and you didn't do anything."

Third place and The Recorder Medal are bitter-sweet for Eckert.

He popped the AC joint in his shoulder while playing against Port in the last match of the minor round.

He was accompanied by his grandparents Brian and Rae Eckert who have followed his career since he began playing at about seven years old.

Mrs Eckert said her grandson had been timid in his early years of the sport.

Dyason Medal winner for the best-and-fairest seconds player was Anthony D'Agostino, of Lions, with 14 votes.

Tyson Hanlon, of Port, won the under 15 Nobbs Medal with 39 votes.

Other awards:

  • League top-scorer: Tyson Horsnell (Lions) 53 goals
  • Seconds top-scorer: Ben Trewartha (South) 32 goals
  • Under 18 top-scorer: Kallan Warren (South) 76 goals
  • Under 15 top-scorer: Brandon Jackson-Martin (Central) 53 goals
  • Ken Jeffrey Leading Club Award: Central Augusta
  • Life members: Tate Bradley (Lions), Greg Phillips (Port), Lindsay Bearman (Solomon
  • SANFL Community Football: Jordan Fuller (Lions), member of state country team

League president Les Promnitz said each of the life members recognised at the count had been good clubmen.

He said Bradley helped to coach the Lions under 18 team while Bearman worked on renovations for the Cats beneath the Memorial Oval grandstand and Phillips had a history of strong contribution to Port.