Will McMurray crowned 2020 River Murray Football League Mail Medalist

WINNERS: 2020 River Murray Football League joint Mail Medal winners Mannum Football Club's Adam Smyth (left) and Tailem Bend's Will McMurray.
WINNERS: 2020 River Murray Football League joint Mail Medal winners Mannum Football Club's Adam Smyth (left) and Tailem Bend's Will McMurray.

Keith's Will McMurray has added to his already impressive football resume, after becoming the joint winner of the 2020 River Murray Football League Mail Medal.

The 20-year-old produced a fantastic individual season for Tailem Bend, who only managed to win two games this year and finished on bottom of the ladder.

McMurray, along with cousin Seamus McMurray, joined the Eagles this season after the 2020 Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League senior season was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although it was an unbelievable achievement, there was an element of luck, with Jervois midfielder Josh Woodall polling the most votes on the night with 14, but was ineligible due to suspension.

With Woodall ruled out, McMurray and Mannum's Adam Smyth were both awarded Mail Medals, after polling 11 votes across the 10 game season.

The Mail Medal wasn't the only award he left with during the league's night of nights, with the youngster also winning the Best Under 21 player, and being named on the wing in the Dutton Motors Team of the Year.

In his acceptance speech, McMurray stated winning the award was a "bit of a shock".

"It was a bit of a shock to be honest, but I am very honoured (to win the award)," he stated.

Far from the biggest player on the ground, he stated it was bit daunting playing against the River Murray's biggest and most physical players.

"I am not a very big fella, so it's a bit intimidating coming up against the likes of Rory Taggert and a few other big fellas," he stated.

"I don't really think about it on the field, I just try and get the red thing and kick it through the big sticks."

When asked about the difference between the River Murray and the KNTFL, McMurray stated there wasn't a massive difference.

"Not a whole lot of difference - I think it's just a little more physical, but I've enjoyed that this year - it isn't my type of style but I've learnt a few things from the coaches and the Tailem Bend boys," he stated.

He concluded his speech by thanking Tailem Bend Football Club for everything they have done throughout the season.

McMurray's brilliant season would be far from a surprise for people associated from the Keith Football Club, with his 2019 season showcasing the 20-year-old's immense talent.

He finished seventh in the 2019 KNTFL Mail/Virgo Medal with 16 votes, five votes away from eventual winner Scott Spriggs from Lucindale.

McMurray also won the 2019 Scott McFarlane Memorial Rising Star Award, as well as being named as a forward pocket in the Naracoorte Herald Team of the Year at the age of 19.

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