Essendon’s best and fairest winner Dyson Heppell with his Crichton Medal.
THE rise and rise of Dyson Heppell continued last week when he won his first Crichton Medal, as Essendon’s best and fairest player for the season.
The Leongatha lad was a clear winner in the vote count with 520 votes ahead of fellow All Australian, defender Cale Hooker with 354 and 2013 Crichton winner Brendon Goddard with 279.
Heppell, a NAB Rising Star winner in 2011, had a break-out season in 2014, joining the competition’s elite mid-fielders.
Heppell was also named in the top ten of Mike Sheehan’s illustrious Top 50 players for the first time in his career, coming in at ninth.
Sheehan described Heppell as a “genuine young star” who demonstrated in 2014 that he was more than capable to mix it with the best in the AFL.
“[He] has an amazing capacity to get where the loose ball bobs up” said Sheehan, “Classy, brave and durable.”
Heppell was presented with the medal last week at a gala function, where he was at his typically laid back but sincere best.
“I’m very honoured and humbled to be standing here,” he said.
“To be named best and fairest of the Essendon Football Club is a tremendous honour. Looking through the list of past winners, it’s something I’ll cherish.
“It’s such a great footy club, and it’s going to some really great places – I truly believe that. We have a great list, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.”
He also thanked his friends and family.
“Thanks my girlfriend Kate (Turner). You’ve been a tremendous support to me, not only this year but throughout the past five years.”
He also thanked his brothers, Jamin and Aaron who he lives with in Melbourne, and also his parents Paul and Ann-Marie.