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Nannas played part in Kane’ Sandover win
Sandover Medal winner Kane Mitchell shares a laugh with his 83-year-old grandmother Dawn Mitchell. Pic: John Mokrzycki/WA News

Proud grandmother Dawn Mitchell will gladly dip a little deeper into her purse this week in the wake of grandson Kane's Sandover Medal win on Monday night.

Hard-running Claremont wingman Mitchell polled 58 votes to claim the WAFL's prestigious fairest and best award, beating West Perth midfielder Mark Hutchings (51 votes) and East Perth ruckman Paul Johnson (42).

Mitchell, a key to the Tigers' chances in Sunday's grand final against East Fremantle, equalled Matt Priddis' record for most votes at a Sandover Medal count.

Among a long list of thankyous, Mitchell acknowledged both his grandmothers for the role they had played in his victory.

He said regular Tuesday night dinners and some financial incentive from "nanna Dawn", 83, had been something to look forward to.

"To nanna Dawn for all the Tuesday night dinners, they aren't the healthiest things but I enjoy them," Mitchell said. "And the $20 match payment she gives me every week.

"Every Tuesday I go over there she gives me $20 and if I have played well she gives me an extra $5.

"That $5 means more than just $5, just ask my girlfriend Rachel. If I come home and I've only got $20 in my hand I'm the flattest man alive."

Mitchell also sung the praises of nanna Dot, who died suddenly earlier this year.

"My nanna Dot was always telling me not to get hurt and bragging about me," he said.

"She thinks I should have won by more and it's lucky she doesn't vote.

"No doubt you would still be bragging up there and telling everyone how good I am so thanks nan for looking over me."

It was business as usual for Mitchell yesterday, the fourth-year teaching student taking classes at Mercy College before laying a paving stone in the Sandover Walk on Haydn Bunton Drive opposite Patersons Stadium.

Mitchell, a member of Claremont's 2011 premiership side, was still coming to terms with his win yesterday.

"I woke up this morning, picked up the medal and I still couldn't believe it," he said.

"It's just a magnificent feeling.

"I just wanted to beat my 20 (votes) from last year and to get 58 was just out of this world.

"I just parked my car just up the road so to walk past guys like Barry Cable, I'm still pinching myself."

Mitchell said he would quickly turn his focus to Sunday's season decider.

The 22-year-old would like nothing better than to follow in the footsteps of teammate and good friend Luke Blackwell.

Blackwell claimed last year's Sandover Medal before helping guide the Tigers to a 56-point grand final win against Subiaco.

The West Australian

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