Hicks gets kicks and medal

September 25, 2017

Alex the great: Nathalia's Alex Hicks added a best-in-finals medal to his premiership win on Saturday.

Alex Hicks did not believe he deserved the honour of being named the best player in this year’s Murray Football League finals series.

‘‘I thought that was real debateable actually,’’ he said.

‘‘I wasn’t too bad in the first one (the second semi-final against Numurkah), but after that I blew up earlier today, so I didn’t think it was coming my way, that’s for sure.’’

The utility, 21, would probably be fair in his assessment judging by the coaches’ best player lists from the past three finals, with Hicks only appearing once.

But it is the ability of the rising star, and now three-time premiership player, to create a contest anywhere on the field which clearly caught the eye of those tasked with handing out the award.

‘‘I started as a forward, but our side’s filled with superstar forwards, so I was shipped back to the back line,’’ Hicks said.

‘‘I’ve swapped around here and there a little bit, but I’ve been pretty well settled in the back line in the back half of the season.’’

After injury stalled his 2014 and 2015 seasons (with just nine matches played in each year), Hicks has relished the opportunity to play a more permanent role in clearly the best side in recent memory.

‘‘It’s unreal, it’s just such a winning culture, like a never-say-die attitude in finals, it’s unreal,’’ he said.

‘‘It was good to finally get some consistency, I’ve been a bit injured in the past but I’ve played every game bar one (this year), so it was good to be out there all the time.’’

Many of his teammates have not been as lucky, with plenty of Purples spending time on the sidelines during this campaign.

But Hicks said that was what made the win all the more sweeter.

‘‘It’s hard to top last year’s one for the way we won it (a late Brodie Ross goal to secure a three-point victory over Finley), but this is just as special,’’ he said.

‘‘I mean they’re all bloody awesome, but to be written off pretty much with so many injuries and come back and get them (Numurkah) it’s super special.’’

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