Bulldog Justin Hardy takes out the 2012 Ken Farmer Medal
Bulldog defender come pinch-hitting ruckman, come spearhead Justin Hardy has taken out this year's Ken Farmer Medal (for most goals in the 2012 SANFL League Season Minor Round) by kicking 4 last quarter goals in Saturday Night's loss to North Adelaide. Hardy's goal tally reached 58 goals for the season - 3 ahead of last year's Ken Farmer Medallist Michael Wundke from South Adelaide.
Hardy, more well known as a defender last season became a pinch-hitting ruckman for the first part of this season to cover the loss of Jason Sutherland through injury! While resting up forward began to show his attributes as a key go to man for the Dogs.
He kicked bags of 5 goals or more on 5 separate occasions including two hauls of 7 against Glenelg and South Adelaide in the final 5 rounds of the 2012 season to collect the award and put himself in esteemed Bulldog company alongside 1968 SANFL Leading Goalkicker Rick Vidovich, 1989 cult figure Rudi Mandemaker and 7-time Premiership Player Daniel Schell who won the award in Premiership years 2004 and 2005.
After missing last year's SANFL Grand Final through an injury sustained in the week leading up Hardy is supremely focused on helping his side resurrect its stance in the competition through this year's Finals Series.
With both Alan Obst and Andrew Hayes making their way back into the Bulldogs outfit in recent week's Hardy certainly wont be alone as a go to target when the Bulldogs meet West Adelaide in this Sundays Qualifying Final at AAMI Stadium. Here's to hoping he can add many more to his tally throughout September and early October!
|Justin Hardy #8, celebrates one of his 7 goals against the Bays at Gliderol Stadium in Round 18.|
|* The Ken Farmer Medal is named after a True Great of Australian Football. Ken Farmer played for North Adelaide in the SANFL from 1929 til 1941 and kicked an Australian Record 1419 goals in League Football. This record eclipses the VFL/AFL's Tony Lockett who kicked 1360 goals for St Kilda and Sydney. Farmer kicked over 100 goals per season for an amazing 11 straight seasons from 1930-1940 including a massive 134 goal haul in 1936. Farmer played 17 State Games for South Australia (Which yielded a further 81 goals) and averaged 8 goals a match against WA and 5 goals per game against Victoria. He was a North Adelaide Premiership player in 1930 and 1933 and also Captained the Roosters. He also Coached the Roosters to flags in 1949 and 1952. He is an AFL hall of fame inductee!
Farmer's average of 6.33 goals per game in League Football (1939-1941) is a better average than each of the three Victorian greats Tony Lockett, Gordon Coventry and Peter McKenna.