Chris Jansen - winner of 2016 Norm Russell Medal
By Ella Watson
Congratulations to Chris Jansen winner of the 2016 Norm Russell Medal.
Jansen won the prestigious medal at the Central District Football Club's Best and Fairest Night on Saturday 8th of October.
Topping the leader board with 181 votes and beating Runner up Elliot Kavanagh on 167 votes and 2nd runner up Nick Holman on 165 votes.
Jansen played a consistently strong and focused game throughout the season and as a credit to his dedication also finished the night off with the ‘Most Consistent Player’ award.
Statistically Jansen’s season was very impressive and further highlights his deserving of his awards.
In a snap shot of this season Jansen averaged 27 disposals per game with 521 disposals for the year at 77% efficiency.
He averaged 5 marks per game, 9 contested possessions, 5 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 3 tackles and kicked 7 goals this season.
On 9 occasions, in 1 game Jansen had 30 or more disposals.
He also ranked the highest for the club in the Magarery Medal voting with 16 votes and received the 3 votes in rounds 9, 12 and 18.
Upon announcing him as the club's 2016 Norm Russell Medallist, League Coach Roy Laird admired Jansen as an extraordinarily hard worker and praised him for his dedication to the team and the club.
“His work ethic is unparalleled; CJ has a great attitude towards extra work and is really willing to listen.”
Roy also touched on Jansen’s chances of being drafted into the AFL and although he hopes Jansen will stay at Centrals as I’m sure we all do; Jansen is deserving of every success that comes his way.
“The most exciting thing is that at 21 to be able to win this and still have significant growing to go is exciting for us and may even see him go on to play AFL.”
“We will see how he goes in the Draft in a couple of weeks. If not I think his influence over our club will be enormous.”
“I congratulate his work ethic; he’s had a fantastic year.”
In accepting his awards Jansen made a point of thanking everyone who contributes to and supports the club.
Special thanks went to the Coaches and trainers who Jansen credited as helping him to improve in important aspects of his game including building strength and increasing his speed.
“All our assistant coaches from Jeff in Reserves all the way through to Roy have helped me a lot throughout the past 2 years, its meant a lot for my footy and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”
“And to Kris Grant a lot of people call him a father figure and it couldn’t be more true, his guidance in footy and off the field as well is very important to us boys especially those who come here from interstate.”
Jansen also thanked the club sponsors including Holden, MMH and the Zorich Group.
“I’d like to mention Tom and Judy Zorich for giving me a job to spend my money on a few beers, so thank you very much.”
Most importantly Jansen thanked his family.
“Family is massive to me, although it is hard to say whether they had much of an impact on me as a footballer, because no one in my family has ever played footy.”
“It’s more so their support and how they raised me, Mum and Dad raised me to think of family and friends first even above football and that’s something I’m coming to realise even more so now, they have just been massive in my development as a person.”
After the presentation Jansen admitted he was feeling humbled and overwhelmed with his 2 awards
“It means a lot, being consistent is something I pride myself on and I think that helped with the best and fairest, I didn’t have many huge games, but I was consistent throughout the year.”
“I like to consider myself a pretty hard worker at the club.”
“If we can get 90% of our men adopting that attitude it will go a long way, everyone has skill, but it’s about the attitude you hold and the commitment you show.”
Jansen acknowledges the season didn’t go the way the club was hoping, but is ready for a big pre-season.
“We were pretty disappointed with our Elimination Final. Some teams might settle for 5th, but that’s not us, so we will be pushing hard next year.”
Congratulations to Chris Jansen on winning the 2016 Norm Russell Medal and the Club's Most Consistent Player Award, the Club is excited to continue to watch you grow as a player and wishes you all the best for the future.
|Jansen, in action against the Crows on May 21 at My Money House Oval|
|Fired up after slotting a goal against last year's Premiers on August 27th|
|At the huddle on August 13 v The Eagles at MMH Oval|
|Singing the song, sandwiched between Vice Captain Kyle Jenner, left, and right Caleb Edmead|
|With the Norm Russell Medal 2016|
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