Perth Demon’s Adian Tropiano won the 2015 Sandover Medal.

Aidan Tropiano won the 2015 Sandover Medal. Picture Andrew Ritchie d444093
Aidan Tropiano won the 2015 Sandover Medal. Picture Andrew Ritchie d444093

PERTH Demon Aidan Tropiano still has dreams of playing AFL football after winning the 2015 Sandover Medal last night.

The Belmont resident celebrated the win in style as it was also his 23rd birthday on the night.

He etched his name in WA football history when he placed his Sandover Medal paver down on Haydn Bunton Drive today.

Tropiano won the Sandover Medal despite the Demons finishing last on the ladder and winning only two games.

He polled 45 votes in 15 games to win the medal, over South Fremantle’s Ashton Hams with 44.

Players are judged on a 5-4-3-2-1 voting system by the umpires of every WAFL game.

“I want to take my game to the highest level,” Tropiano said.

“All I am looking is for the opportunity to go there.”

Hams was ahead by three votes in the final round with Tropiano taking four votes from the final game, which was the second last vote read out on the night, to win it by a vote.

Although it was a nervous moment, Tropiano was incredibly proud to join the list of Perth greats to win the Sandover Medal, which includes AFL Legend Barry Cable.

“It was a massive honour – you don’t understand how much it means to a person,” he said.

“It is quite small [the medal] but very prestigious.

“To be honest, I don’t want to take it off.”

2015 SANDOVER MEDAL TOP 10

45 Aidan Tropiano (P) 1 2 5 5 2 1 2 2 4 5 2 3 3 4 4

44 Ashton Hams (SF) 3 5 1 3 3 1 4 4 4 2 5 3 2 4

41 Sam Menegola (S) 5 2 5 2 4 5 5 5 5 3

37 Ryan Davis (SD) 1 5 5 5 2 4 3 1 2 5 4

37 Aaron Black (WP) * 1 1 4 5 5 4 1 3 5 3 5

35 Chris Phelan (S) 2 5 1 5 3 4 4 3 3 5

33 Paul Johnson (EP) 4 3 4 4 2 1 4 4 2 5

32 Matt Riggio (SD) 5 4 4 3 2 5 5 1 2 1

31 Liam Anthony (EF) 3 1 5 3 4 4 2 4 5

30 Ryan Neates (C) 1 5 3 2 5 1 5 3 5

* ineligible