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Coopers - RESERVES JB MEDAL FORM GUIDE

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Coopers - RESERVES JB MEDAL FORM GUIDE

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies Reserves Best and fairest award is the JB Medal and is named after club stalwart and Life member John Burkill, who was the heart and soul of the club in the 1970s and 1980s as head trainer andplayer confidante, often being at the club 7 days per week doing all the jobs needed to keep the club and players going.

 

Chris DEVLIN--first year at the club, he had a consistent season in the midfield and played in most matches and was one of the best in most games. Continually found the ball and had clean ball handling and good disposal. A positive influence on and off the groundskills were

Blake McCLENNAN--Back this year after a break, had a sold year in the mid field. Work resulted in him missing training often which cost him a senior call up but was a prolific ball winner in midfield all year . Among the best players when the Pies were struggling early in the year and continued that form in the Pies late season surge toward an unlikely, and eventually unsuccessful, finals position.

Todd BILLING-- another consistent player all year, starting across half back early in the yearbut was a revelation when moved forward mid year to be a strong forward presence and key goalkicker. 

Luke De NYS-- another solid season although again missed through injury mid year. Several good performances in the latter half of the year saw him promoted to the Seniors where he was not out of place. Strong defender who is set to become a regular senior player next year.

RHYS BRIDGE-- started the year in Seniors and performed well early but when back to Reserves never played a bad game. A strong mark across half back and intercepts and spoiling were a highlight. Probably did not play enough matches to be in the final mix.

Brodie EASTON-- Only played in Reserves in the first half of the seasonbefore a Senior call-up, he was a ball magnet and was in the Pies best in every match he played. Won plenty of ball through the middle of the ground and regularly topped the possession count.


NOTE: The Under 19s (Colts) Best and Fairest is the Maurie McNamee Medal, named in honour of arguablythe club's greatest clubman. Maurie McNamee established the club in 1956 and was the club's first coach. He coached just about every age group in the club from 1956 to 1967 then coached the club's first Senior team in 1968 and for a further 4 years, winning 3 Premierships in that period and establishing Sherwood as a power club in Brisbane. He is a deserved Life Member of the club.