HEIL’S WINNING START

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Alan Barnett medallist, Royals' Jordan Heil.
Camera IconAlan Barnett medallist, Royals' Jordan Heil. Credit: Laurie Benson

Alan Barnett medallist Jordan Heil says he could not have dreamt of a better start to his time in the Great Southern Football League, after his commanding performance helped lead Royals to their first league premiership since 2011.

Raised in Narrogin, Heil moved to Albany this year as a teacher and joined the Lions with friend Cameron Allison.

A third-place finish in the Kleemann Medal was evidence of Heil’s quality as a footballer and he was adjudged best-on-ground by the three field umpires in the Lions’ breakthrough premiership win on Sunday to be awarded the Alan Barnett Medal.

Starting in the midfield, Heil moved to half-back where he had plenty of influence on the game and his third quarter was electric racking up nine disposals and kicking a superb goal.

The 25-year-old said it was a sweet feeling to win a premiership in his first season with the Lions, capped off by his best-afield efforts.

Royals' Cameron Allison and Jordan Heil moments before the final siren.
Camera IconRoyals' Cameron Allison and Jordan Heil moments before the final siren. Credit: Laurie Benson

“It’s been awesome, I couldn’t top it off any better,” Heil said.

“A lot of grand finals I’ve been in I have been sick or injured so that week off really helped me prepare and it was nice to get into a grand final and feel good for a change.

“I was a bit quiet in the first half so I moved to half-back and found a bit of it.

“Rucky (Andrew Ruck) has done an awesome job with the whole group and I’ve loved every minute here.”

Heil played colts and reserves at WAFL level for South Fremantle and returned to the Narrogin Hawks where he played in a league premiership alongside Allison in 2015.

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