Kurt Vine :
Kurt was the youngest member of the side , eligible for the u/17’s but chose to ply his trade with the colts all year. Throughout the year he showed his versatility by playing anywhere from wing/ Half back , in the ruck, or as an attacking fullback. Produced consistent quality performances , was a key plank in the side. A smooth mover and a great size for modern footy, he Is a player who if he puts the work in, could very quickly become a key member in the senior set up.
Aaron Highlands :
Aaron came to us from Yeronga, attracted to the magpies by the opportunity to play footy at a higher level and with his good mates. He quickly established himself as the squad’s number 1 ruckman, producing some dominant displays early in the year. In the mould of GWS’s Shane Mumford, his team mates walk a little taller when Azza is up and about. The senior coaches quickly took a liking to his aggressive manner, and it would not surprise to see him progress quickly through the ranks and get a taste of senior footy sooner rather than later. An ankle injury whilst playing for the reserves may affect his final placing in this year’s BnF count, but the big fella can be rightly proud of his season.
Dual B n f winner Rory is simply a footballer of the highest quality. He had a focus this year to work on his inside game, and while it took a few weeks to come together, from the mid point of the season he was producing the type of footy we know hes capable of. On top of that he became a contested footy beast, showed that he can tackle and defend with some real sting, and still be the classy, attacking midfielder he has always been. He’s ready for the senior levels of footy now, and should he choose to keep at it, the club has a quality player and even better person to elevate into that system. May find the first half of the year makes it tough for a 3 peat but will poll well late .
James Gainford :
Jimmy returned to footy after a few years trying other sports. He’s a super athlete, can run all day, but its his attack on the ball and the contest that really caught the eye. He added class, speed, and a competitive edge to the squads fleet of midfielders, and is a great height for the modern game. Very popular within the side, he’s another one the lads walk a bit taller when he’s cracking in at the contest. Missed a couple of games with concussion, but his consistency throughout the year should see him right up there in the votes.
Liam Reynolds :
Liam is a Sherwood junior, who missed out on the DIV 1 U/16 league B n F by 1 vote in 2013. After a couple of seasons away , Liam came back to the nest this year and produced a quality season. He’s a challenging player to coach, has strong thoughts on the game , and is never afraid to speak his mind. That’s a strength of his as it shows how much he cares about the sides performance . The fact that he backs this up, week after week, with performances full of determination, gut running, aggression and a dollop of class, adds up to a player the club should be looking to progress into senior footy. Had a super start to the year, would have to be very high in the votes at half way, and it will be interesting to see if he can hang on and win the medal. Quality season from a quality midfielder.
Dom Misso :
The sides captain, Dom led the squad beautifully this year. Returning from a couple of seasons away at Yeronga, it was clear these years in their senior system had really benefitted him. Has speed, courage, and a real “follow me’ way of playing the game, he was another of the midfield gang to produce quality football on most occasions. He earned his position as the most respected member of the squad by actions, and walking the walk. He’s fearless, and attacks any contest flat out, which he sometimes pays a price for injury wise, but I seriously doubt you could get him to play any other way. Had a super season, was brilliant on occasions, and never put in a bad game. Will be very hard to beat for the medal.