SOUTH Augusta’s Harry Holland has been recognised for his game-changing ability on Saturday, July 15 against PropRisdon Lions, collecting the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) Game Changer Medal.
The medal was part of the MAC Road Safety Round, with one player recognised in each of the Spencer Gulf Football League (SGL) Round 10 fixtures.
The award was handed to the player who was judged to have made the best decisions under pressure – something young gun Holland prides himself on.
The 18-year-old said he initially found it difficult to have an impact on A Grade matches, but after about 20 SGL appearances and a 2016 Premiership medal, he is beginning to make his mark in senior football.
“I just train the way I play and try to train at full pace, so I can play at full pace,” Holland said.
“To begin with it was hard, but I’m sort of getting used to it now. I’ve settled into the pace of A Grade.”
The Road Safety Round, initiated in 2015, is held annually within SANFL Community Football to raise road safety awareness, with 56 per cent of road deaths in South Australia occurring in regional areas.
The initiative aims to create conversations through football clubs and communities to reduce road trauma, as many players, parents and supporters travel long distances to attend regional football matches.
A Grade players donned black armbands, while players in lower grades were encouraged to do the same, to honour those who have lost their lives on the road.
In the other SGL fixtures, Port’s Sam Clarke won the medal in his team’s win against Central Augusta.
Solomontown Captain Lindsay Bearman took home the medal in the Cats’ emphatic victory over West Augusta.
South won by 35 points against Lions at Central Oval to move into second place on the ladder.
With several key players out injured, Holland said the Bulldogs stepped up to put in a solid team performance.
“We had a couple come in and a few go out, so we did pretty well considering,” Holland said.