THE youngest of five Templeton brothers is the pride of his family after claiming the Lew Kelly Medal as the Hampden league’s reserves best and fairest on Sunday.
Will Templeton, 22, joins older brother Isaac – a two-time Maskell Medal winner – on the competition’s honour board.
Another sibling, Alastair, coaches him at West Warrnambool in the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association.
“Isaac is a bit past it now but he did all right getting his couple and Al coaches West and goes all right with the bat so I am just in between,” Templeton joked.
The midfielder said he was playing alongside some of Koroit’s greats, including newly-inducted Hampden league life member Joe McLaren in the Saints’ seconds.
“It’s good to have a few old boys telling you where to go (on the field) and it’s a bit easier to get the ball when you’re swapping with Joey McLaren, who can’t really run out the game anymore, so I do the bulk of the work,” he said tongue-in-cheek.
Templeton said he was humbled and surprised to win.
He polled 16 votes to be one clear of Hamilton Kangaroos’ Angus Brown.
“It would be better if we were playing out there next weekend in the big dance but it’s not to be this year,” he said.
“You don’t play for best and fairests but when they come, you take them,” he said.
“I couldn’t see the board and ‘Fozzy’ (Andrew Foster) shook my hand and said ‘well done’.”