Leongatha’s Jarryd Roughead and Dyson Heppell were named in this year’s AFL All-Australian team.
Pictured on stage at the ceremony are Dyson Heppell, Hawthorn’s Luke Bruest, Fremantle’s Hayden Ballantyne, Jarryd Roughead and Fremantle’s Aaron Sandilands. Photo by Michael Willson, supplied courtesy of AFL Media.
LEONGATHA’S two favourite sons were honoured for their sensational AFL seasons with All-Australian selection last Tuesday night.
Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead collected his second consecutive selection in the forward pocket, next to his old mate Lance Franklin, who pipped him for the Coleman Medal for the AFL’s leading goalkicker.
Roughy had another stellar year as the chief of the Hawk’s forward line, booting 62 goals and playing a huge part in his team’s success this season.
He averaged 3.1 goals, 16.1 disposals, 4.6 marks and three tackles per game and has led the Hawks to their third grand final in a row.
The product of the Leongatha Parrots has bigger fish to fry when he takes on the Sydney Swans this Saturday, which could see him become a three-time premiership player.
Twenty-two year-old Dyson has taken his game to another level this season for the Bombers and was amongst the favourites for last night’s Brownlow medal.
He was named on the wing in the talented team after averaging 28 disposals throughout the season.
In the absence of Essendon captain and star midfielder Jobe Watson, Dyson has established himself as an elite midfielder of the competition.
He spoke with essendonfc.com.au last week and said he was very proud and honoured to be in the side.
“It is very humbling to be standing up there alongside some of the best players in the league,” he said.
“Over the last four years it has been a steady progression.
“Playing consistently in the midfield this year was something I was striving for at the start of the year.”
As well as the All-Australian honours, Dyson was also named as captain in the Under 22 team for the second year running.
The team recognises the AFL’s best players under the age of 22 and is voted for by the public.
Jarryd and Dyson both played junior football for the Leongatha Parrots and have strong family connections in the area.