Tropiano in thriller

Aidan Tropiano was honoured to win the Sandover Medal and celebrated his 23rd birthday on the same day. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         www.communitypix.com.au   d444093
Aidan Tropiano was honoured to win the Sandover Medal and celebrated his 23rd birthday on the same day. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         www.communitypix.com.au d444093

The Belmont resident celebrated his Sandover Medal win in style, winning the count by one vote ahead of South Fremantle�s Ashton Hams.

Aidan�s parents, Tony and Anita, watched the count online, with Aidan expecting to poll well after an outstanding season that saw him win the Butcher Medal as Perth�s best and fairest.

When they found out he had won, Tony and Anita went to bed, got two hours sleep and then drove more than 500km from Mullewa to Perth.

�I didn�t even have a conversation until they were in the car,� Tropiano said of his parents coming down.

�They just said they are in the car and will meet us in the morning and I am very thankful for it.�

The count was one of the most thrilling Sandover counts in recent history.

Tropiano lead for most of the night, but was challenged from Hams and Subiaco�s Sam Menegola.

Hams led with just one round to go, with Tropiano taking the win by polling four votes on the second-last vote read out on the night.

The 23-year-old�s win at the Sandover came despite Perth winning just two games and coming last on the WAFL ladder.

Not only was the Sandover Medal a special night for Aidan, it also was the day he celebrated his 23rd birthday.

He said people couldn�t understand how special it was to wear it.

�It was a massive honour � you don�t understand how much it means to a person,� he said.

�It is quite small, but very prestigious.

�To be honest, I don�t want to take it off.�