A’Vard has a great day

May 18, 2017

Reach for the sky: Murray ruckman Brodie A'Vard contests a tap during his best-on-ground performance against Wimmera. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Brodie A’Vard was quick to deflect the limelight away from himself after being awarded the medal for best-on-ground after the Murray Football League’s 22-point win over the Wimmera Football League on Saturday.

‘‘I reckon there was quite a few good players, I was just the lucky one that got the medal,’’ he said.

‘‘I think there was a pretty even spread, it was definitely a team game — a group of blokes from different teams coming together and we actually played really well together and ran hard both ways all day long.’’

For the 2014 premiership Shepparton Swan, it was the Barooga tall’s first taste of interleague as a senior footballer.

‘‘This is the first interleague I’ve played since juniors, so it was definitely new to me,’’ A’Vard said.

Those watching would not have been able to tell though, with A’Vard muscling his way to the front of almost every ruck contest and belting the ball forward with his tree-branch-sized arms.

The towering figure also played a hand down forward in patches, bringing the ball to ground for his crumbers to work their magic.

Aside from lending his support to his teammates, A’Vard also threw his large frame behind the interleague cause as a whole.

‘‘For sure I reckon you need a good interleague side,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s no point having blokes pull out last minute, it’s got to be something that’s consistent year in (and) year out.

‘‘A lot of people look at the league list obviously and see where leagues are, especially if you’re going to watch a game or something like that.’’

And while the match did not prove easy to win, A’Vard said the Murray side was always confident of doing well.

‘‘There’s definitely some great players (in the Murray side).

‘‘So I guess the boys were pretty confident coming in.’’

—Tyler Maher.

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