Report: JEFF STEPHENSON
REDLAND’S big three – Adrian Williams, Jackson Paine and Matt Hammelmann – represented the Bombers with distinction when they were named in the North East AFL Team of the Year at a glittering presentation ceremony in Sydney.
Despite the Bombers recording only one win for the season the big three were voted into key positions in the star-studded combination when the team was unveiled at the exclusive Shangri La Hotel ballroom.
Adrian was named full-back, Jackson centre half-forward and Matt won the full-forward role following his outstanding performance in winning the NEAFL’s goalkicking trophy.
It is the second time both Adrian and Jackson have earned Player of the Year status.
Matt was the rookie, but his selection was never in doubt.
He kicked 60 goals and 24 behinds at an average of more than 70 percent.
Matt scored five goals or more on six occasions and had his best outing with nine goals straight against Northern Territory at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.
On that occasion he slammed seven goals in the match-winning third quarter.
When accepting his award, Matt paid a hearty compliment to Jackson.
Matt said the former Collingwood and Brisbane Lion player “helped him out a fair bit”.
“His work pushing up the field a bit helped me a lot.”
Matt also said he harboured aspirations in having a second crack at the big time.
His previous stint with Brisbane before joining Redland yielded 12 games in his two seasons with the Lions.
“I’d really like to have a second chance,” he said.
“But Redland has been very good to me and I’ve enjoyed my time with the Bombers very much.”
The three have been outstanding contributors for Redland and their selection in the Team of the Year is well deserved.
Congratulations on your efforts from everyone – fellow players, coaches, officials and supporters – you have done the Bombers proud.