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Darcy Fort - 2016 Coaches Award

 

Darcy Fort Coaches award
Congratulations to Darcy Fort on winning the Coaches Award at the Central District Football Club’s Best and Fairest night. 
Darcy was new to the club in 2016 making the trip over with his brother Fraser from Victoria at the beginning of the year. 
Darcy was recruited by Centrals for his height and was thrown straight into the role of the clubs’ number one ruckman. 
Determined not to disappoint, Darcy worked hard and used his aggression in the centre square to full effect. 
Not always the tallest in the ruck Darcy relied on skill, aggression and tips from the coaches on where to stand and how to place his body in order to win the tap, or the ball. 
Darcy’s stats from the season are a testament to his hard work and shows why he is deserving of the Coaches Award. 
Throughout the season Darcy averaged 10 disposals per game and 29 hit-outs per game at 75% efficiency with a total of 556 hit-outs for the season. 12 times he had 10 or more disposals in a game and 8 times he had 30 or more hit-outs in a game. 
Upon presenting the award to Darcy League Coach Roy Laird thanked Fort for his efforts in the ruck this season, and shared how excited he was to work with Darcy in the ruck at the Club going forward. 
“He carries himself with a great competitive attitude.” Said Coach Roy Laird
“I see Darcy being an absolute super ruckman in this competition and it’s his desire and competitive want that is going to enable that.”
Accepting his award Darcy thanked the coaches, trainers and support staff before thanking the boys and the supporters for making himself, his brother Fraser and team mate Nick Holman feel so welcome when they arrived at the club. 
“I’d like to thank all the coaches and support staff and all the trainers.”
“Thank you to all the boys for inviting us, Fraser, Nick and myself into the club and making us feel really welcome.”
“To all the supporters, thank you this is a great club and I’ve loved being a part of it.” 
Special thanks went to Kris who does a fantastic job at helping all new recruits to find jobs and integrate into the club and feel welcome. 
“I can’t thank Kris enough for getting me across and helping me out during the year.”
Darcy also thanked his family for their endless support. 
“I’m so lucky my family gets over here, I said to my Mum about half way through the season I’m so sick of seeing you, I see you more than I did when I was at home, but I’m so lucky my family gets over here they help Fraser and me out heaps.” 
“Having my girlfriend out at every game helps too and I really appreciate it.”
Looking back over season, 2016 Darcy can see areas in need of improvement for both himself and the team, but says they have been working hard all season to identify and correct the areas they are lacking and will continue to work hard throughout pre-season ready to come out fighting stronger next season.  
“I prided myself on working through my faults this season, I did a lot of work on my goal kicking and marking through the season and on the field trying to be a good leader helping the young boys as much as I can.”
“Being able to get key forwards to get big goals coming into next season is probably important. Other than that, another year on developing for a lot of young players is probably the most important thing.”
“Personally I’m keen to put on a few kilos and try to go at it again with some of the bigger boys in the SANFL.”
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By Ella Watson

Congratulations to Darcy Fort on winning the Coaches Award at the Central District Football Club’s Best and Fairest night. 

Darcy was new to the club in 2016 making the trip over with his brother Fraser from Victoria at the beginning of the year. 

Darcy was recruited by Centrals for his height and was thrown straight into the role of the clubs’ number one ruckman. 

Determined not to disappoint, Darcy worked hard and used his aggression in the centre square to full effect. 

Not always the tallest in the ruck Darcy relied on skill, aggression and tips from the coaches on where to stand and how to place his body in order to win the tap, or the ball. 

Darcy’s stats from the season are a testament to his hard work and shows why he is deserving of the Coaches Award. 

Throughout the season Darcy averaged 10 disposals per game and 29 hit-outs per game at 75% efficiency with a total of 556 hit-outs for the season. 12 times he had 10 or more disposals in a game and 8 times he had 30 or more hit-outs in a game. 

Upon presenting the award to Darcy League Coach Roy Laird thanked Fort for his efforts in the ruck this season, and shared how excited he was to work with Darcy in the ruck at the Club going forward. 

“He carries himself with a great competitive attitude.” Said Coach Roy Laird

“I see Darcy being an absolute super ruckman in this competition and it’s his desire and competitive want that is going to enable that.”

Accepting his award Darcy thanked the coaches, trainers and support staff before thanking the boys and the supporters for making himself, his brother Fraser and team mate Nick Holman feel so welcome when they arrived at the club. 

“I’d like to thank all the coaches and support staff and all the trainers.”

“Thank you to all the boys for inviting us, Fraser, Nick and myself into the club and making us feel really welcome.”

“To all the supporters, thank you this is a great club and I’ve loved being a part of it.” 

Special thanks went to Kris who does a fantastic job at helping all new recruits to find jobs and integrate into the club and feel welcome. 

“I can’t thank Kris enough for getting me across and helping me out during the year.”

Darcy also thanked his family for their endless support. 

“I’m so lucky my family gets over here, I said to my Mum about half way through the season I’m so sick of seeing you, I see you more than I did when I was at home, but I’m so lucky my family gets over here they help Fraser and me out heaps.” 

“Having my girlfriend out at every game helps too and I really appreciate it.”

Looking back over season, 2016 Darcy can see areas in need of improvement for both himself and the team, but says they have been working hard all season to identify and correct the areas they are lacking and will continue to work hard throughout pre-season ready to come out fighting stronger next season.  

“I prided myself on working through my faults this season, I did a lot of work on my goal kicking and marking through the season and on the field trying to be a good leader helping the young boys as much as I can.”

“Being able to get key forwards to get big goals coming into next season is probably important. Other than that, another year on developing for a lot of young players is probably the most important thing.”

“Personally I’m keen to put on a few kilos and try to go at it again with some of the bigger boys in the SANFL.”

 
Darcy Fort making position against Glenelg in May
 
Kicking a goal against the Crows at My Money House Oval in May, and below, celebrating the 6 points with Chris Jansen
 
Taking a big grab against this years eventual Premier Sturt.                      Pictures above - Michael Young Photography
 
Fort, playing for Footscray in the VFL in 2015 before coming to South Australia at the start of 2016

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