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Williams runs himself into the ground

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September 25, 2017

Kyabram coach Paul Newman and midfielder Jordan Williams embrace the final siren. The umpires awarded Williams, who spent the whole game on the ground, the AFL Victoria Medal.

Jordan Williams would have slept well when he eventually got to bed after celebrating another Kyabram premiership yesterday.

The bullocking midfielder spent every minute of the match on Deakin Reserve in an astounding display of endurance.

It did nothing to detract from his game either, with Williams adjudged the best player on the field by the umpires and awarded the AFL Victoria Medal.

‘‘I had a bit of a light lead-in, I missed a game earlier on in the finals series and obviously had the week off again, so Paulo (coach Paul Newman) came to me early in the week and asked how the body was feeling,’’ he said.

‘‘He just said you might have to have a big day today, so that was the plan all along and it worked out all right in the end.’’

Williams was all about the team after the win, but said he would enjoy the accolade later in life.

‘‘Each one is as special as the other, so it was great to get over the line and obviously getting the best-on-ground award, I’m going to look back on it I suppose and look back and I’ll be pretty proud of that one day, but obviously the premiership medal is the one that we wanted and we got it in the end,’’ he said.

Newman was full of praise for his ball winner, who did a power of work across the ground all day.

‘‘Jordy’s a superstar, he’s a very quiet achiever, but we know his quality,’’ Newman said.

‘‘He obviously wasn’t there when we played them (Shepparton) over at Mooroopna and people probably underestimate the impact that Jordy has on our side, so he was sensational.’’

After the celebrations, Williams said the Bombers would attempt to create even more history.

‘‘We’ll take stock now and we’ll have a bit of time off and reassess where we’re all at,’’ he said.

‘‘No doubt we’ll try and get everyone back across next year and try and put in a big pre-season and hopefully we’re up there again.’’

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