Temora midfielder Sam Jensen walked off Robertson Oval with one medal around his neck, but it wasn’t quite the one he wanted.
In a massive effort as part of a losing team, Jensen took out the Nitschke-Schmidt Medal after being named best on in the grand final on Saturday.
Jensen created plenty of opportunities through the centre of the field, went in hard at the ball all day and also kicked two goals as the Kangaroos fell four points short.
Despite garnering plenty of individual praise, especially from the umpires who decided the award, Jensen would kindly give the medal back to be part of grand final day success with Temora.
“I’d take a premiership over the medal that is for sure,” Jensen said.
The diminutive midfielder sure made his presence felt.
Apart from his work in the midfield, he also kicked the opening goal of the clash and the first of the last quarter, but thought his seventh minute shot just came too late.
“The third quarter obviously killed us,” Jensen said.
“I was confident we could come back at them in the last quarter but I don’t think we kicked our first goal until the eighth minute which put us back a little bit.”
After his second year with the club, the Canberra-based Jensen has been a major influence for the Kangaroos rise up the ladder.
He is sure Temora will be better for the loss next season.
“We will be back next year,” Jensen said.
However the 23-year-old is yet to lock in his plans for 2018.