FOOTBALL has many awards, but there is something special about the Ben Mitchell Medal, won yesterday by Joe Daniher as this year’s AIS-AFL Academy program was wrapped up.
Mitchell was 16 – an academy member hoping to be drafted – when he was killed in a car accident on his way to training 10 years ago. At the end of each year’s program, the 30 boys are assigned a quality, such as patience, skill or sacrifice, and asked to vote for the teammate who best lives it.
Daniher, Essendon’s father-son draftee in waiting, won from Demon-in-waiting Jack Viney and South Australian Jimmy Toumpas. He said the fact he had been chosen by his peers made the award more meaningful.
Injury forced the 18-year-old to miss much of last year’s program. ”Last year I had to watch a lot of footy on the sidelines, so I sort of got used to that and it’s a frustrating time. It does do your head in a little bit, but I’m getting over it,” Daniher said.
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