Nat Fyfe's dad says son's Brownlow Medal win due to resilience
The proud father of Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe, says growing up on the family's Lake Grace sheep farm made the Fremantle midfielder tough and resilient.
Speaking from his truck in the Great Southern, David Fyfe said watching his son win the AFL's highest honour filled him with pride.
"We were sitting here quietly, and then we started to wriggle, and then we started to jump up and down," he said.
"And watching the cross to the hotel back in town with all the people supporting him, kind of just made you feel very proud to be a country guy and country family and all of our town supporting our son that was just wonderful.
It was wonderful after the last few weeks where he's been struggling along a bit like a hamstrung hogget and he's been able to get that award and I hope that will make him feel a bit better.
"The whole district can take their cap off because country footy has gone a long way to helping him.
"And also, how's WA with Matty Priddis coming second? That's just pretty good."
David Fyfe agreed with Dockers coach Ross Lyon's comments that people from the country "don't say a lot, they just do".
"It's a country thing - you've got a job to do, and everyone does it and obviously we are proud in Lake Grace," he said.
"But it's a country thing, everyone knows they've got to perform."
Reflecting on his son's early years Mr Fyfe said right from the start the future star showed a determination to win.
"His brother used to push him off the side of the sheep crate every time they were competing to do things, and he'd have to get back up and climb back up the top," he said.
"He's always been a strong healthy worker. The boys used to help me roll bales of wool around the shed when they were eight, nine years old, so I guess they know what it's about."
Watching the ceremony last night brought back memories for David Fyfe of his son's time in the Great Southern Football League as a nine year old.
"We used to do trips down to Boxwood Hills and Jerramungup with a ute load of kids on a Saturday morning listening to their dreams and their talk and it wasn't about who had the biggest tractor but it was who was going to kick the most goals," he said.
"His passion for football and to achieve, I guess I thought one day he'd get there.
"I certainly didn't think he'd get there at this age, you know he really hasn't been going a long time but he's just so determined.
"It was wonderful after the last few weeks where he's been struggling along a bit like a hamstrung hogget and he's been able to get that award and I hope that will make him feel a bit better.
"Certainly not as good as a premiership but we'll take that one."