Cross as SANFL’s best

The son of former SFNL premiership coach Mark Cross, Joel, has taken out this year’s SANFL best and fairest.

South Adelaide midfielder Cross shared the Magarey Medal with Adelaide Crows-listed player Brad Symes on 18 votes.

Central Districts player James Boyd was a runaway winner on 26 votes, but was ineligible due to suspension.

Cross Snr said the family was proud of the 25-year-old’s efforts.

“It came as a great surprise. You obviously don’t expect individual accolades like this,” he said.

“He got best-on-ground in the last two games to tie for the medal so he had a very good finish to the season.”

Cross Snr coached Red Cliffs from 1980 to 1984, before shifting to City Oval to coach Imperials from 1986 to 1989.

During his four-year tenure at Imps, Cross Snr coached a hat-trick of flags from 1986 to 1988.

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Friday's Sunraysia Daily 21/09/2012.

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