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.