Round 17 Syd Guildford Nominee: Daniel Green

Surfers Paradise full-forward Daniel Green has clinched the Round 17 Syd Guildford nomination.

Green had a day out in Surfers tense six point win over Mt Gravatt, kicking eight goals and dragging his team over the line.

With his side down by one-point at three quarter time, Green stepped up and kicked all four of the Demons’ goals in the last quarter.

But the spearhead says it took a really strong team performance to get the win.

“Down back the boys did their job at the crunch moments and held their own to stop them kicking goals,” Green said.

“Our midfielders started to fire in that last quarter and got the ball down fast which gave us a bit more of a chance up forward and caught them off guard.”

Green says he never doubted the team’s ability going into the final quarter and was confident he would be able to get the job done if required.

“I enjoy having the ball in my hands and enjoy kicking goals,” he said.

“In that last half everything sort of clicked and I was kicking goals from set shots which I have missed in the last couple of weeks.

“It was just a real tough, hard game which I know all our boys enjoy and I definitely enjoy.”

Green currently leads the QAFL in the hunt for the Ray Hughson medal (most goals scored) with 76, five ahead of his next rival Josh Baxter (71).

While his performances on the field have been “a big surprise” to him, the key forward is more concerned about playing his role.

“The only reason I want to kick goals is to help the team win.

“But I think it’s just a bit of a bonus to be kicking that many each week and do your job for the team.

“Hopefully I can kick a few this week and keep Baxter away in the goal-kicking.”

Green is averaging 4.5 goals per game for the Demons this year and the 29 year-old is thankful to have enjoyed an uninterrupted season.

“To be honest, I’m just really happy to have been able to play all 18 games this year,” he said.

“Last year I had a few injuries and only managed to scrape through 10 games and this year it’s just been unreal to have a full season.”

Surfers are currently locked on 44 points alongside Morningside and Western Magpies, with the latter hosting the Demons for a massive last game this weekend.

A win will nail down a finals berth for Surfers; a loss could end their season.

“To win and potentially get in the top three spots, that’s just massive,” Green added.

“If we can beat the Magpies this weekend it means we’ve beaten every team, which shows we can match it with all the top teams.

“Hopefully we turn up to play.”

By Josh Cheadle – @JoshCheadle20

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