News Dusty's Norm Smith

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I had heard this a week ago but didn't think it was true, but turns out it is. Seriously what a star on so many levels, not just for giving a kid who's had such a rough time something incredible but at the same time showing team awards are the most important thing!!


The first thing Martin did when he arrived inside the Richmond rooms at the MCG following the Tiger’s epic Grand Final win was to drape the medal around his new friend’s neck and give him a hug.


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/dustin-martin-gives-norm-smith-medal-to-will-murray/news-story/5f224cd3773b38c7f31609d5015c5dd1?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=HaraldSun&utm_medium=Facebook
 

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Here you are Equus!

fwiw this took incredible effort and concentration

Dustin Martin gives Norm Smith Medal to Will Murray
DUSTIN Martin knows his Norm Smith Medal is in safe hands after giving it to his brave mate Will Murray.

The first thing Martin did when he arrived inside the Richmond rooms at the MCG following the Tiger’s epic Grand Final win was to drape the medal around his new friend’s neck and give him a hug.

Will says that’s the kind of guy his PlayStation and meditating buddy Dusty is — a top bloke and very humble.

“I definitely didn’t expect to have the Norm Smith around my neck, or to still have it,” Will laughed.

“But I feel very privileged"
The Norm Smith Medal is now in safe keeping, hidden inside the 15-year-old’s bedroom.

The pair’s quiet behind-the-scenes friendship seems to tell a story of the real Dusty off the field.

Tragically, Will, 15, was left a quadriplegic after suffering a devastating neck injury jumping off a pier at Half Moon Bay in 2016.

The Tigers, along with the broader football community, have rallied behind Will with fundraising and support.

Will’s mother Emma Murray, the Richmond Football Club’s mindfulness coach, said the Brownlow medallist started popping over to their Brighton house early last year to start meditating. He and Will fast became buddies and now the weekly visits had become a sort of pre-game tradition.

Ms Murray said Dusty and Will would first chow down on some freshly baked choc-chip cookies before battling it out on the PlayStation playing FIFA Football, followed by meditating together.

“They have a fierce rivalry on FIFA then head off to Will’s room and do a bit of mediation,” she said.

Shane Martin said from New Zealand that he was proud of his son’s gesture.

“That’s Dustin all over, he thinks of other people first. He considers other people before himself,” he said.

“That’s a beautiful thing to do, it makes Will feel special and it wouldn’t even phase Dustin that he gave away the medal, he’d rather see that he made him happy.

“He’s always thinking about his teammates and the club, not himself or the medals.”

Meanwhile, Will admits being the Norm Smith custodian has earned him some bragging rights with his friends, but he is fiercely protective of it as Dusty continues to celebrate the great win.

“It’s in safe keeping all right, no one will be able to come and snatch it off me,” Murray said. “But I’m not going to keep it, it’s his, he should celebrate it.”

 

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Great family the Murray’s, and great work by Dusty.

The role of Will’s mum in the Premiership drive should not be forgotten. The focus and calmness of the players through the finals series was incredible. And I still stare at the Team Photo taken on the ground immediately after running out, and it just oozes calm focus and team unity.

Haere Ra
 

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Great family the Murray’s, and great work by Dusty.

The role of Will’s mum in the Premiership drive should not be forgotten. The focus and calmness of the players through the finals series was incredible. And I still stare at the Team Photo taken on the ground immediately after running out, and it just oozes calm focus and team unity.

Haere Ra
And they were happy! Enjoying the moment! Like they were going for a coffee with friends. The Magnitude of the event did nothing to change their emotive state, when I saw that photo I thought to myself - far out they're gonna just go out there and enjoy playing football, which means they'll want the contest, we'll do okay today :)
 

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In a different time perhaps. These days you need a good media performer, something Dusty hates.
Meh, the club can tell the media to go shove it and send out the VC as the media guy.

Not only does dusty lead on the field, but he seems to lead off it in his training and his off field work. Most of all he seems to care deeply for the guys he works with or befriends, and seems to give his all to make sure everyone is included and feels important. That is the absolute best motivation you can give someone to succeed.

He doesn't have to speak, he leads by example.
 

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