Blake and Tyson Hanlon each win junior footy medals

There is only one cracked window in the Hanlon household and no "big heads".

The broken pane was not caused by duelling footballing brothers Blake and Tyson Hanlon, such is their skill and accuracy with the ball.

The boys, who practise in the backyard, achieved a rare double when Blake won the under 13 best-and-fairest Yates Medal and Tyson took the under 15 Nobbs Medal this season.

As they handballed and kicked the ball on the lawn with unerring ability, we had a conversation about their achievement, believed to be a first for brothers at their Port Football Club in at least 45 years. It could also be a league record.

Despite their success, including Blake's state-level tennis career, the boys are kept "grounded" by their older brother Fraser, 16.

Even trying to find out which of three St Mark's College athletics records are held by Blake was a difficult task, given he is a boy of few words when talking about himself.

But he did say he would like to play AFL one day.

"You get paid to play footy at the highest level at the MCG," he said.

"I like kicking goals. It is good to have a kick in the backyard with someone to practise with."

Tyson said although football was a team game, it "is more fun to play with each other".

He would like to play league for Port.

Both boys attend St Mark's, but Blake has a scholarship for 2021 to attend the renowned Prince Alfred College in Adelaide where he will hone his tennis and football skills.

They thanked their soccer coach Matt Hunter and football mentors Jamie McNamara and Paul Keane.

Their parents are John and Mary Hanlon. Blake's uncle Mark Hanlon tutors the lad in tennis, particularly the technical aspects.

As for the boys' sport heritage, John admits to playing for Port and Mary's brother Pat Lauritsen won the Dyason Medal in the Spencer Gulf League seconds. All her brothers played for the Bulldogs.

The boys used to practise their gool-shooting at nearby St Mark's oval with their father supervising "five kicks from five angles".

Mary said brother Fraser played an important role because he "doesn't let the boys get too far ahead of themselves".

The brothers are among footballers with connections to Port who have won a string of accolades.

Former Bulldog Harrison Magor won the McCallum-Tomkins Medal for the best-and-fairest player in the SANFL thirds while playing for North Adelaide.

It was a surprise because he played only 11 matches owing to commitments to state country football and the seconds.

Harrison and girlfriend Georgia Tiller attended the medal count in the Magarey Room at Adelaide Oval.

The midfielder, who polled in 10 matches, is tipped to be drafted to the AFL for next season. He described the medal as "awesome".

He also won the Torrens University Most Valuable Player Award as a member of the campus's under 18 football team.

Another former Bulldog from a prominent Port family, Jamison Murphy, of Prince Alfred College, jointly won the Mark Schwartz Memorial Cup with Central Augusta's Karl Finlay as best-and-fairest in the college's first 18 team.

Another ex-Port player Lewis Johnston finished third in the Magarey Medal.

The tall Norwood wingman attended the count with partner Rachel.

He described the result as "pretty reasonable".

"It was good night. I enjoyed it," he said.

"My parents were pretty excited as well. It is a good reward for effort, I suppose.

"Thanks to the Port Football Club for their support during the years."

FOOTNOTE: In other medal "doubles", Matt Promnitz won the Yates Medal twice and his son Cooper was successful last year. Brian Tee won the Dyason Medal and his son Craig achieved three Madigan Medals.

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