If there was voting for the 2020 Weissel Medal, Michael Fenn would be one of the favourites to win the coveted award.
Fenn has been a revelation since joining the Tumut Blues from the West Tigers at the beginning of the season, taking on any job given to him and proving to be one of the competition’s best players.
The 21-year-old let people know he was here for business when he made his competition debut back in round one, with an inspired performance.
When taking on the Gundagai Tigers at Twickenham, Fenn took the first hit up and left Troy Barby flat on his back and needing assistance, instantly earning the admiration of Blues fans far and wide.
Blessed with size, speed and a good offload, Fenn has continued to play in this manner and the club will hope the fiery forward can offer that same impact when they take on Gundagai in Sunday’s grand final at McDonald’s Park.
Fenn has assured fans he will be doing his best, with a rare grand final appearance motivation enough.
“Grand finals don’t come around too often and I’m really looking forward to it and I’ll be doing what I can to help the Blues win,” Fenn said.
Fenn said winning a grand final would be important for his family too, with his pop Tony Fenn a former Batlow Tiger and long-time supporter of the Tumut Blues, while his father Grant Fenn came from Tumut before carving out a Shute Shield rugby career in Sydney.
“It would be unreal to win, it’s something that would mean a lot, not just to me, but a lot of people in my family and it would be a really special moment,” Fenn said.
The prized recruit was also chasing a premiership for Tumut, suggesting the town’s support was a major motivation for the entire playing group.
“Winning a premiership is good enough, but when you can do it for a town like Tumut, that cares so much for your team, that would be huge,” Fenn said.
The former Manly under 20s captain knows what it is like to prepare for a major grand final, having been one of the youngest members of Manly’s under 20s 2017 premiership-winning squad.
“I was on the bench in Manly’s under 20s grand final,” Fenn said. “I know what needs to be done. I’m not trying to do too much more than usual, but obviously it plays on your mind and I’m thinking about it a bit more than normal.”
When asked if he would have a target on his back due to his impact for the Blues, Fenn said it wasn’t something he gave too much thought too.
“I don’t think about it that way at all,” Fenn said. “I just go out there and play footy, but it makes it pretty easy to do my job when we have such a great forward pack, with Jed Pearce, Zac (Masters), Adam Pearce and (Jacob) Sturt.”
In what will be music to Blues fans’ ears, Fenn is buying into the rivalry with Gundagai too, hinting it was easy to have it in for the Tigers after playing them three times this year.
“There’s certainly no love lost,” Fenn laughed.
“It was a quick introduction to how much of a rivalry there was and I’ve taken it on board and it means a lot to me to win this game for the team and Tumut.”