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CDFC 2013 Best and Fairest - League and Reserves

The Central District Football Club held its Best & Fairest Night on Saturday October 26.

Major award winners were:

RESERVES

Incentive Award (Donated by PFD Food Services) - Caleb Edmead

Edmead had a very solid 2013 season, following up from being part of the 2013 Reserves Premiership side. A local product Edmead will be looking to break into Centrals League side in 2014.

Coaches Award (Donated by CDFC Past Players & Officials) - Matthew White

Tall Defender white came on in leaps and bounds in 2013, impressing the Coaching Staff at CDFC, he was rewarded with his League debut late in the season and will look to become a prominent defender for the Bulldogs Senior Squad.

3rd Best & Fairest (Donated by Australian Liquor Marketers) - Jackson Potter

In his first year at the Club after coming from Sydney, Potter excelled in many games at Reserves Level in-between making numerous League appearances. Working at the Club in a Junior Development role, Potter looks to make Adelaide home and also consolidate a permanent League position next year. 

Runner Up Best & Fairest (Donated by Fresh Produce)- David Haydon

Although small in stature Haydon plays with a big heart each time he pulls on a Centrals guernsey. This was shown no more than when he was adjudged 'best on ground' in last year's Reserves Grand Final (2012 Reserves Premiership). Haydon had another solid season in 2013 and also played numerous League games. Although somewhat unassuming he is an extemely reliable player who is rarely beaten. 

Reserves 2013 Best & Fairest (Donated by Alsco Linen Services, also recipient of the Hosking Family Perpetual Trophy donated by the Hosking Family) - Travis Schiller

The Joint 2013 Reserves Magarey Medallist (SANFL) also took home the Centrals Reserves 2013 Best & Fairest Award after a standout season. Schiller stormed home with many back to back Best on Grounds in the Reserves. A product of the Barossa Valley who wears James Gowans' old #28 guernsey, Schiller will look to join his brother as a regular League starter next season.

RETIREMENTS

CDFC also paid tribute to a retiring champion Yves Sibenaler. A 7 time SANFL Premiership Defender, Sibenaler originally hailed from South Gawler and played 50+ Reserves games before breaking into the League side in 2001. In his 163 games he kicked 31 goals although he will obviously go down in history as one of the key personnel in a resilient defensive unit that netted the Club 7 Premierships in 8 years at the peak of his time (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010). A genuine Centrals character and Club man.

LEAGUE 

Leading Goalkicker (Donated by CDFC Past Players & Officials) - Justin Hardy (35 goals)

Hardy took home the Centrals Leading Goalkicker award for the second year running. Also used in defence this year Hardy when moved forward managed 35 goals, his accurate set shot kicking a highlight.

League Incentive Award (Donated by Austral Meats) - Josh Waldhuter

In a breakout season Waldhuter played a standout backmans role in 2013. Hard at the ball Waldhuter won pleny of his own footy and with genuine pace was responsible for many rebound 50's and setting up many attacking plays from the back half.

Most Consistent League Player (Donated by Konami Gaming) - Brayden O'Hara

Off the back of a solid pre-season, two time Premiership player O'Hara had his most consistent season to date, his statistics outstanding as was his hard run and influence in most games across the season. He relished his opportunity in the midfield in 2013.

League Development Award (Donated by Zorich Group) - Josh Glenn

Glenn's debut season at League Level was a standout. After solid form in Central's trial matches the Bulldogs #34 never looked back and played with the poise and confidence of a seasoned campaigner. Backing his pace and skills Glenn also took home the SANFL's Powerade Star Search Award for 2013 (For best young talent across the League). 

Coaches Award (Donated by CDFC Past Players & Officials) - Corey Reichert

Central's Key Defender Reichert was given many jobs this year and exelled on many occasions keeping dangerous forwards to minimal statistics. Nicknamed "the glove" by teammates in 2012 Reichert cemented the League Full Back position in 2013.

Danny Hulm Memorial Trophy- Most Courageous League Player (Donated by West End) - Trent Goodrem 

Goodrem had another solid season and was often seen backing back into packs, taking strong pack marks and genrally throwing himself in when and where required. A Vice Captain of the Club Goodrem showed a level of on-field leadership in 2013 looking to be mirrored by many in 2014.

League 6th Best & Fairest - Josh Glenn (167 votes)

As mentioned above Glenn's standout debut season saw him finish in Centrals top 6. Some of his work this year was exceptional and despite playing the majority of time in defence and setting up the side with some real natural attack and great decision making, when moved forward Glenn netted goals at important times. He was very hard to beat one on one and also kicked a few stunning running goals. 

League 5th Best & Fairest - Seb Guilhaus (208 votes)

After spending some time at Glenelg and Woodville West Torrens in years gone by the Centrals first year Ruckman was plucked out of Country Footy in 2013 and excelled throughout parts of the season. His tap work and ability to get his hand to the ball first fed our midfielders on numerous occasions giving the likes of Symes, Thomas, Boyd and O'Hara first use. Guilhaus is also a larger than life character amongst the playing group.

League 4th Best & Fairest - Paul Thomas (247 votes)

Co-Captain and multiple Premiership Player and Captain Thomas had another solid season leading from the front. Thomas plays with as much passion as possible and bleeds the red, white and blue of Centrals. Being used as a swingman be it at home in defence, pinch hitting in the midfield or if thrown forward when the team needs a goal, Thomas excells and is rarely beaten. A player for the younger generation to emulate.

League 3th Best & Fairest - Trent Goodrem (314 votes)

As mentioned above the Co-Vice Captain led from the front in 2013 and was front and centre when required. Coach Laird has hinted Goodrem has more improvement in him and can become a real weapon in 2014. 

League Runner Up Best & Fairest - James Boyd (358 votes)

Boyd had another solid and flamboyant season. Often the target of much attention from the opposition Boyd's ability to amass a large number of possessions whilst being somewhat targeted is a credit to his resolve and speaks volumes of his ability. A natural ball winner Boyd's 2013 Runner Up trophy is his second in a row. 

2013 'Norm Russell Medallist' CDFC League Best & Fairest  - Brayden O'Hara (360 votes)

After a solid pre-season and after being given a regular start in Centrals midfield in 2014 O'Hara excelled and became Centrals most cosistent League Player in 2013. Hailing from Gawler, O'Hara has come through the ranks at the Bulldogs and plays with much passion. He amassed 30+ possessions in a plethora of games in 2013 and his statistics in the last minor round match showed a career high 40+ possessions and a masive 15 inside 50's. O'Hara's hard running was a highlight of 2013.  

 
O'Hara's signature Left boot and subsequent passion on display in this year's Elimination Final. 
 
Congratulations Brayden O'Hara - 2013 CDFC 'Norm Russell Medallist'

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