LEONGATHA’S Jarryd Roughead has etched his name into football immortality after claiming the 2013 John Coleman Medal as the AFL’s leading goal kicker over the weekend. The versatile Hawthorn forward’s four goals on Friday night against the Sydney Swans was enough to claim the award, taking him to 68 goals across the home and away season. Roughead won the coveted accolade by two goals ahead of Collingwood’s Travis Cloke on 66 and Greater Western Sydney’s Jeremy Cameron with 62.
Roughead will now add his name onto the list which holds some of the game’s most revered players. The 26 year-old said the achievement is yet to sink in. “It’s a good thing but while we are still playing you worry about the other stuff going on. It will be good once the season is over I guess and you can look back, but hopefully I have another medal by that stage,” Roughead told the Sentinel-Times. “It’s one of those things I think you don’t appreciate right now, but overtime I will. “Today (Monday) I got given something by the footy club just saying who had won it at our club and even that list is pretty good – the last three to win it – Matthews, Dunstall and ‘Bud’ (Lance Franklin), that itself is pretty impressive.” Roughead is the sixth Hawks player to win the Coleman behind famous names such as John Peck, Peter Hudson, Leigh Matthews, Jason Dunstall and current teammate Franklin.
After his game on Friday night, the local football followers waited with baited breath as Cloke and Cameron played to try and catch the Hawk on Sunday. “I got enough text messages to say that Cloke was coming. I checked the score at half time but I didn’t watch them or worry about it too much,” Roughead said. In a season in which he is tipped to feature in Brownlow Medal voting, Roughead has been outstandingly consistent. The former number two draft pick has booted bags of five goals on four occasions this season, four goals an amazing seven times and three goals in four different matches. Only once has he gone goalless this season, in Hawthorn’s Round 19 loss to Richmond. “The preseason I had helped me out a fair bit. The year before I was coming off the Achilles, so to get a full one under the belt and not having to play as much ruck this year – you are fresher up forward. Those two things have helped me out a fair bit,” he said. Statistically, his best game came against the Swans back in Round 7, where he collected 27 disposals, eight marks and four goals. The Coleman Medal will be added to his 2008 premiership medallion, a collection he hopes to extend by the end of the month. “A premiership medal is what you play for.
You can’t have a reunion with anyone with the Coleman. You want to get that other one and celebrate it with all the boys which would be good,” Roughead said. Roughead heads into this Friday night’s qualifying final against the Swans in career best form, averaging 16.3 disposals and 3.1 goals per game. “The weather in the last week has switched to finals like weather; it’s what you play footy for. After what happened last year, it’s been a long 11 months. Nineteen wins and three losses is good, but it counts for nothing now,” he said. Roughead will be officially presented with the Coleman Medal by 1982 winner of the award, Malcolm Blight, at the AFLPA MVP awards night in two weeks.