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BRAD AND PAUL TO CO-CAPTAIN THE BULLDOGS

 

BRAD TO CO-CAPTAIN THE BULLDOGS  
By Peter Argent 
A second Gawler Central Footballer will captain this year!
Like eight time premiership player Matthew Slade, he will share the role with Paul Thomas. 
Winner of the Magarey Medal while still on the Adelaide’s list, Brad Symes has been elected at co-captain of the Central District Football Club for the 2013 campaign. 
“It was ratified at a board meeting last week, and the players were informed last night that Paul Thomas and Brad Symes will be co-captains of the Central District Football Club for the 2013 season,” Bulldogs Chief Executive Kris Grant said on Wednesday, March 26. 
 “It was the clubs view, with a particularly young squad, having co-captains for the season was the way to go. 
“Brad brings a hell of a lot of experience to this group. 
“As we did last year, both Trent Goodrem and Kyle Jenner will continue as co-vice captains. 
“Brad is a natural leader and role model within the group. 
“This selection casts no dispersions on “Thomo’, as we were looking to get full value from these experienced players.” 
Paul Thomas, a Magarey Medallist himself back in 2004, has been captain of the Bulldogs for the past six seasons. 
He has lifted the Thomas Seymour Hill Cup four times in a row. 
Symes was always happy to come back and don the Bulldogs red, white and blue guernsey, when not selected at AFL level during his nine years on Adelaide’s two lists. 
Debuting back in 2004, he played 20 games with Port Adelaide, with his last being the Power’s embarassing 119-point Grand Final loss to the Cats. There was a further 60 games with Adelaide. 
The 2012 Norm Russell Medallist as well, Symes has played 81 with Central District, playing in the 2005 and 2007 flag wins over Woodville-West Torrens and North Adelaide respectively.
Symes confirmed he’ll still wear his favour number six jumper and suggested an area of his game that he prides himself on is his on field leadership. 
“I first wore 61 who getting into the reserves side, so when I moved to six I was happy,” Symes, who turned 28 in early March, explained.
“As I initially came down for development squads in my early teens; it has already been a 14 to 15 year association with Central District 
“So there are strong ties with the club. 
 “I looked around our group this year and feel like I’m aging a little. 
“There is only four or five us over 25 and the average age of the squad is around 21. 
“Among the group this year there is plenty of excitement and enthusiasm.” 
Whilst Symes confirmed he did captain a few junior cricket teams along the way, this is his first ever role at senior level as a captain.
 
Questions – Who are the other BLG captains of Central District besides Slade and Symes? 

By Peter Argent 

Winner of the Magarey Medal in 2012 while still on the Adelaide Crows list, Brad Symes has been elected as a co-captain of the Central District Football Club for the 2013 campaign. 

“It was ratified at a board meeting last week, and the players were informed last night that Paul Thomas and Brad Symes will be co-captains of the Central District Football Club for the 2013 season,” Bulldogs Chief Executive Kris Grant said on Wednesday, March 26. 

 “It was the clubs view, with a particularly young squad, having co-captains for the season was the way to go. 

“Brad brings a hell of a lot of experience to this group. 

“As we did last year, both Trent Goodrem and Kyle Jenner will continue as co-vice captains. 

“Brad is a natural leader and role model within the group. 

“This selection casts no dispersions on “Thomo’, as we were looking to get full value from these experienced players.” 

Paul Thomas, a Magarey Medallist himself back in 2004, has been captain of the Bulldogs for the past six seasons. 

He has lifted the Thomas Seymour Hill Cup four times in a row (2007-2010). 

Symes was always happy to come back and don the Bulldogs red, white and blue guernsey, when not selected at AFL level during his nine years on Adelaide’s two lists. 

Debuting back in 2004, he played 20 games with Port Adelaide, with his last being the Power’s embarassing 119-point Grand Final loss to the Cats. There was a further 60 games with Adelaide. 

The 2012 Norm Russell Medallist as well, Symes has played 81 with Central District, playing in the 2005 and 2007 flag wins over Woodville-West Torrens and North Adelaide respectively.

Symes confirmed he’ll still wear his favour number six jumper and suggested an area of his game that he prides himself on is his on field leadership. 

“I first wore 61 who getting into the reserves side, so when I moved to six I was happy,” Symes, who turned 28 in early March, explained.

“As I initially came down for development squads in my early teens; it has already been a 14 to 15 year association with Central District 

“So there are strong ties with the club. 

 “I looked around our group this year and feel like I’m aging a little. 

“There is only four or five us over 25 and the average age of the squad is around 21. 

“Among the group this year there is plenty of excitement and enthusiasm.” 

Whilst Symes confirmed he did captain a few junior cricket teams along the way, this is his first ever role at senior level as a captain.

Two Co-Captains: Brad Symes above during last season and Paul Thomas below, a few years ago.
Photo above by Peter Argent/PLA Media Freelance Photojournalist 

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