Maryborough is well represented at state and national level in football and that’s no exception as the build to the biggest day on the football calendar continues around the nation.
Current AFL players and former locals Jake Stringer and Nick Hind have ended their respective 2019 seasons with Essendon dropping out of finals last Thursday and St Kilda not qualifying after it finished in 14th place on the ladder.
Stringer didn’t score at all during Essendon’s 55-point qualifying final loss to West Coast last week, marking the first time all season that the flexible half-forward didn’t get on the board in any of his 19 games.
Stringer, who was the side’s leading goal kicker for 2018, missed four games this year due to injury. The 25-year-old put up 33 goals this season and had an average disposal rate of 12.3.
The Bombers finished the season in eighth place on the ladder and the qualifying final loss extended a finals curse that dates back to 2004.
St Kilda’s nine-win 13-loss season landed it just four places shy of the wooden spoon.
This lacklustre season didn’t dampen Hind’s maiden season on the big stage, with the former MEC student making waves and quickly becoming a fan favourite after his debut in round 13.
Hind kicked 11 majors in 11 games, including a hat-trick in round 14.
Another local name in the AFL scene, Brett Deledio, called time on his 275-game career in August, announcing his retirement at GWS’ season end.
For more on this story see Page 23 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 10