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.
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