Brisbane Lions midfielder Jarryd Lyons has etched his name into the history books after claiming the J.J Liston Trophy as the best player in the Smithy’s VFL for season 2023.
Lyons played 16 matches in Brisbane’s VFL side with his prolific ball-winning skills consistently on display throughout the year.
The 31-year-old averaged an incredible 31.4 disposals and amassed 502 touches.
He continued to rack up impressive stats including collecting 30 or more possessions 13 times and 40 or more on three occasions.
Lyons has become the first Brisbane or Fitzroy player to win the award in the Club’s long history.
“It is an honour to accept this award, it was a little unexpected, but the VFL has played a massive part in my family for a number of years,” Lyons said.
“I’d like to thank my family, my wife and kids, my dad was actually an ’85 premiership player with Sandringham so this means a lot.
“To Huddo (coach Ben Hudson) and the boys it’s been a fantastic year, I’ve loved playing with you, it’s been a great time for me, growing as a leader in the VFL side, thanks to those guys.”
With a plethora of options, Lyons best performance could have included almost any of his 16 appearances, but his most complete game came against Coburg.
The round nine match-up saw the Lions travel to Melbourne where Brisbane piled on 24 goals.
Lyons was at his damaging best collecting 44 touches, nine marks, 10 clearances and a goal to claim best on ground honours.
Brisbane Lions General Manager Football, Danny Daly, was full of praise for Lyons after claiming the prestigious award.
“To win a league best and fairest in any competition is a huge achievement and to do so without playing every game makes Jarryd’s achievement even more impressive,”
“Jarryd’s drive and professionalism was highlighted throughout the season as he consistently performed week after week.
“He worked incredibly hard this year and for him to be rewarded with the J.J Liston Trophy is very fitting and something he should be very proud of, because we are.”
First awarded in 1945, the J. J. Liston Trophy is awarded annually to the best and fairest senior player in the VFL.
It is named after J.J. Liston, a businessman, civic leader, and sports administrator who was fundamental in advancing sport in Australia, particularly Australian Rules Football and Soccer.