Lucas Parsons-Quintiao Claims His 1st SL Best & Fairest

Lucas Parsons-Quintiao - 2021 State League Best & Fairest
Lucas Parsons-Quintiao - 2021 State League Best & Fairest  

“Wow. That’s great news. I didn’t even expect to come close.” These were the initial comments made by Footscray’s Lucas Parsons-Quintiao after receiving the news that he had won the State League Men’s Competition Best and Fairest.  

“Ï had been watching the winners being announced, and I didn’t even think about it.  I was hoping to win top goal scorer.”

Lucas polled 16 votes – including four best on grounds – to defeat Campbell MacKinnon (Altona) and Jae Bidwell-Barton (Surrey Park) who shared the runners up medal on 14 votes.

Lucas played several sports as a junior and went to the Maribyrnong Sports Academy on a cricket and golf scholarship. A multi-talented athlete, Lucas was playing soccer with Peter Kwas when he was asked to fill in for a game of lacrosse as they were short. “When I was young, I would watch Chris Plumb play, so I thought I would give it a go. I was 15, and I have played ever since.”

“At the time I was playing six different sports but dropped them all to focus on lacrosse.” When asked why he chose lacrosse, he recalled a time when he played soccer in Portugal. “I moved to Australia and tried all the sports, including AFL, but just couldn’t find the right one.”

Lucas trialled for the Under 19 Victorian team but didn’t make the squad. That was the motivation he needed to put more time and effort into the sport.

“It all came to fruition when I toured South Korea in the ASPAC games. We were beaten by Japan in the final.” The Asia Pacific Lacrosse Championship (ASPAC) is an international lacrosse competition contested to determine the best lacrosse national team in the Asia Pacific region. 

Lucas played for the winning 2019 Victorian Men’s Senior Team hosted by his home club, Footscray. “In the first few games I played ok, but I spent most of my time just watching the senior guys. Jim Lawerson said to just be me, and I got into games and scored a couple of goals.”

“My goal is to make the Australian Sixes team to play in Alabama next year. Twelve people will be in the squad so it will be hard, but I will be giving it my best.”

While Lucas hasn’t been able to get to the gym during lockdown, he has been running, shooting on cage and doing plenty of wall work. “Sixes is a fast game, and I am hoping my fitness and ability to create opportunities for my teammates will give me my best chance of making the team.”

Lacrosse Victoria wishes Lucas the best in fulfilling his dreams of representing Australia.

Congratulations also to Campbell and Jae on their terrific seasons and all the other players who gave their all in this interrupted season.

The Top 10 Placegetters are:

1st Lucas

Parsons-Quintiao

Footscray

16 votes

= 2nd Campbell

MacKinnon

Altona

14 votes

= 2nd Jae

Bidwell-Barton

Surrey Park

14 votes

4th Aaron

Currie

Malvern

13 votes

5th Liam

Fothergill

Caulfield

11 votes

= 6th Sean

Clarke

Williamstown

9 votes

= 6th Tim

Dobson

Brunswick

9 votes

= 6th Christopher

Plumb

Footscray

9 votes

= 6th Daniel

Rim

Eltham

9 votes

= 10th Sean

Aaron

Camberwell

8 votes

= 10th Patrick

McGrath-Campbell

Malvern

8 votes

 

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