Launceston spearhead Dylan Riley claimed his second consecutive Hudson Medal as the TSL’s leading goalkicker, despite going down with a season-ending ACL injury in round 15.
Riley booted five or more goals in six of his 13 matches, doing more than enough to claim the Hudson Medal with 59 goals – 26 clear of North Launceston pair Brad Cox-Goodyer and Brandon Leary.
“Winning this award means a lot to me. Winning it this year means even more than last year, especially due to the injury.
“It’s bittersweet that I won’t be able to play finals, but we have great support around the club.”
The Hudson Medal is named after champion Tasmanian footballer Peter Hudson, a prolific goalkicker who is considered one of the greatest full forwards of all time.
Fellow Blue Cooper Warren has claimed his first Development League Leading Goalkicker award, with a 52-goal campaign.
Warren, 17, was lost for words after winning the award.
“I’m speechless, to be honest. This time last year I was only playing Under 18’s, so it’s been a massive step up to play Development League, and to win this huge award,” he said.
“The step up was huge. Now on our way to the finals is really exciting. We’ve had a big year.
“Having guys like Mitch Thorp and Dylan Riley at the club makes me want to be them.”