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Britten’s got talent on the grandest stage

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September 25, 2017

Aaron Britten was nervous yesterday morning, but it did not show after he laconically strolled across Deakin Reserve.

Aaron Britten was nervous yesterday morning, but it did not show after he laconically strolled across Deakin Reserve.

The half-back flanker excelled in Shepparton United’s back-to-back under-18 premiership, so much so, he was awarded the Freddo McMahon Medal.

‘‘I am pretty speechless, I just did what Des (Hicks), my coach, wanted me to do, sweep across the back, take a few marks and go from there,’’ Britten said.

‘‘It was just a team effort, we had midfielders that contributed and we held our own down back, especially Liam Fiore, he is just a beast.’’

Britten, 17, joined United after leaving rivals Shepparton Swans two years ago and it was a decision he thought would not amount to two premierships and nine senior games.

‘‘It has been unreal, to be honest,’’ Britten said.

‘‘I was a bit anxious about the decision, but I made it and the journey has been pretty special, especially after playing some senior football too. It is a great club.’’

Britten could not sit still and it showed with his aerial ability during the Demons’ 10-goal win.

‘‘I won’t lie, I was pretty nervous, to be honest, I was up and about all morning, so I didn’t really expect too much,’’ Britten said.

‘‘I just stuck to my role, did what I needed to do and thankfully as a team, we got the ultimate success.’’

Murray Bushranger Kyle Clarke, 17, was awarded the AFL Victoria Medal after also acting as rebounding defender for the Demons.

It was Clarke’s first under-18s game this season and he was able to cap it off with a phenomenal second quarter.

The dashing draft hopeful found the football 10 times in the second quarter, adding to his only goal in the first term.

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