Tumby Bay's Luke Partington wins Magarey Medal

Glenelg midfielder and former Tumby Bay footballer Luke Partington has taken the biggest individual prize in South Australian football, being named the 2019 Magarey Medallist in Adelaide Monday night.

Partington, who returned to the SANFL after being delisted by West Coast at the end of the 2018 season, becomes the 10th Glenelg player to win the medal, and the first since Brett Backwell in 2006.

The midfielder had a slow start to the year, polling one vote in the first six rounds and missing rounds two and three due to a hamstring injury.

However Partington went on to poll 25 votes in the remaining 12 rounds, which included polling three votes in seven of those games.

Partington finished on top with 26 votes, five ahead of runner up Patrick Wilson of Adelaide.

In an interview with SANFL Radio Partington said he felt he had a reasonably good year and it was an enjoyable night waiting to see how it would turn out.

Earlier in the night Partington was also awarded with the R.O. Shearman Medal as best player voted by the SANFL coaches and also claimed the league's inaugural Digital Pass Player of the Year award.

In 2019 Partington averaged 29.5 disposals, five tackles, five clearances and a goal.

Partington said he enjoyed being a part of the midfield group at Glenelg and coach Mark Stone was a big part of his development.

"He knew from speaking to other people that my focus was enjoying, he certainly facilitated that and made sure I've remained enjoying my footy," he said.

Partington started his football at Tumby Bay Football Club in the Great Flinders Football League, spending eight years in the community.

He said he was happy to have his mother Amanda Partington on hand to celebrate the medal win with him and credited his late father Brian in giving him the opportunities to become a better footballer and a better person.

Partington may have another chance to play AFL football as he was one of 21 SANFL footballers to be selected for the AFL State Combine on October 12.

However his attention will be on the preliminary final at Adelaide Oval on Sunday as Glenelg takes on Adelaide for a chance to face Port Adelaide in the SANFL grand final on September 22.

"We've only lost one one game by over a goal this year so we know that if we play our way we're at least going to get a contest," Partington said.

"That's what our focus is, just to bring what we've brought every week."

Partington joins the ranks of other Magarey Medal winners including Tony McGuinness, John Platten and Nathan Buckley.