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Cross- eyed medal

Posted: September 27, 2012 by alicejames11 in AFL, Melbourne, Sport
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Victorian born Joel Cross has been announced the 2012 Magarey Medal Winner, for the fairest and most brilliant player of the South Australian Football League (SANFL).

This win only furthers Xavier College’s successful year with many of their past students making a mark in football. Ted Richards, Alex Johnson, Dan Hannebery and Josh Kennedy all winning the premiership. Jobe Watson won the Brownlow medal whilst he also was named in the All Australian team along side Richards and Kennedy.

AFL guru recognised the achievement of Xavier College and tweeted their exemplary efforts.

Cross attended Xavier college, where he played in the thirds in Year 11. ‘I was a late bloomer, I didn’t fully develop on the footy field until my late teens’.

Despite his obvious talent, Cross knows there is no chance for AFL. ‘I am too old now, they just aren’t interested.’ It begs the question, should the AFL start looking to recruit reliable mature age players in front of a teenage boy who cannot withstand the pressures?

For now Cross is happy playing in the SANFL, a league he sees far superior to the Victorian Football League (VFL). He played for Box Hill Hawks for two seasons, but didn’t like the style of football that was being played. ‘In the SANFL we play to win, but at Box Hill we were playing to develop the AFL side (Hawthorn). That is just not the way footy should be played in my book.’

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Proud of his achievements, Cross’ biggest inspiration was his grandpa, who always knew he could make something big out of his football. ‘My pa passed away a week before my first SANFL game. That was all the more reason to play harder.’

Being a full time accountant in Adelaide, Cross often finds it a struggle to balance both careers. ‘I am pretty busy most of the time, but the difference between football and accounting is pretty drastic so they seem to even themselves out.’ 

Cross is yet to renew his contract for the 2013 season at South Adelaide, but is confident he will continue playing in the SANFL.

 – Alice James