Academy medal for Daniher

Academy medal for Daniher

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.
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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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