By Wade Gleeson
FEW full forwards have won the William Leitch Medal over the years, but New Norfolk’s goal ace Michael Thompson took out the prestigious award with 21 votes at Monday night’s count in Hobart. Thompson – who has been a goal-kicking machine this season – bagged a total of 101 goals during the roster matches and this saw him also win the SFL goal kicking award, the Colin Smith Medal. “Thommo” as he is known to his team-mates, is the16th individual from the NNDFC to win the William Leitch Medal and the club’s 20th William Leitch Medallist over all.
While he has been goalless in the finals he will be looking to rectify this on his way to helping his side overcome Lindisfarne at KGV in the SFL grand final on Saturday. If this can be done, the full forward will have all three medals to his name – a rare feat that hasn’t been achieved for quite some time in any competition. But I’m sure the big fella would give up both medals for another Eagles premiership any day of the week!
The reserves grand final between New Norfolk and Kinborough starts at noon while the seniors’ grand final kicks off at 2.30pm. See you at the footy.