Kingston Saint footballer Hagan Wright won the KNT league medal on Sunday for the senior colts.
The KNTFL junior and senior medal counts were held at the Naracoorte Town Hall.
Hagan played just nine games for the year for the Kingston Saints’ senior colt side, playing the rest of the season in Adelaide for the Glenelg u16s team.
Hagan polled 26 votes, winning the Lehmann Medal by five votes, with Lachie Makin from Bordertown coming second with 21.
Hagan explained what his main role on the field was and how he managed to find the footy each game, setting the example for some of the younger players.
“I played as an on-baller, I stayed there for most of the game,” Hagan said. “I went forward sometimes and I tried be a leader out there with a couple of younger boys coming up.”
The young Saint missed quite a few games playing for Glenelg, mentioning that he came back to play for the Saints whenever he could, focusing on playing his specific role within the team as an inside mid and using his speed and kicking abilities wherever possible.
Hagan explained how he was able to juggle KNT footy and his commitments in Glenelg.
“It was actually easy, because the under 16 season only went for half the year,” he said. “Every time we had the bye I would come down and play for Kingston.
“But like I said it only went for half the year so it worked out alright.”
Hagan went through some of the highlights from his season, including the Saints senior colts’ first win against Penola.
“They were a pretty tough side and we’ve lost to them in the last couple of years,” he said. “It was the first time we had beaten them in the last five years.”
The league medallist explained that he loves playing footy alongside his mates, adding that he has also closely watched Scott Pendlebury play for the Collingwood Magpies, following the way he plays and bringing it to his own game.
“The way he is so composed and the way he goes about it is pretty good,” Hagan said. “Playing up in Adelaide I have learnt a few new things like awareness on the field and without even thinking about it, I’ve integrated it into my game down here.”
Hagan finished by saying that he would like to take his footy to the highest level in the AFL, although the year 10 at Kingston Community School doesn’t have any plans to move to Adelaide just yet.
“If that works out like that and I do have to move then it does, so if I have to I have to.”