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Bryce Gibbs claims 2021 Magarey Medal

Bryce Gibbs claims 2021 Magarey Medal

27 September 2021

Bryce Gibbs and James Tsitas claim the 2021 Magarey Medal on Monday evening.

Having made the move to the Panthers at the start of the 2021 campaign, the former Blue and Crow takes home the SANFL's highest individual honour. 

Gibbs was a big factor for the Panthers during their 2021 season, which ended in the Preliminary Final against Glenelg on Friday night. 

Gibbs averaged 27 disposals, six tackles and six clearances in his return to the SANFL on a full time basis. 

He had eight games with 30 or more or disposals, including two games of 36 disposals,

Gibbs becomes the eighth Panther to take home the Magarey Medal with 21 votes. 

The Eagles James Tsitas also polled 21 votes, making it the first tie for the Magarey Medal since retiring Panther Joel Cross shared the 2012 Magarey Medal with Brad Symes.

In his acceptance speech, Gibbs thanked the club and cited his move to the Panthers as a key reason for his reignition of passion and enjoyment for the game. 

"To the South Adelaide Football Club, thank you so much for getting the passion, and the love of footy back for me again"

Gibbs also thanked his wife Lauren for her outstanding support along with his family. 

The count came down to the Panthers Round 19 game against the Bloods at Flinders University Stadium. 
Needing two votes or better, Gibbs earned the votes needed to claim the 2021 Magarey Medal, thanks to his 32 disposals and 7 clearances to help the Panthers lock in a finals spot. 
The South Adelaide Football Club congratulates Bryce on his outstanding achievement. 
Joint 2021 Magarey Medalists James Tsitas and Bryce Gibbs. Image: David Mariuz
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