Dew wins Macca's Cup MVP Award

By ZAC MILBANK (SANFLL) | Twitter @zacmilbank

Central District midfielder Brendan Dew has claimed the 2014 Macca’s CUP MVP Award.

Recruited from Tea Tree Gully Football Club, Dew displayed an outstanding work-rate this season as evidenced by his ability to collect possessions with ease.

In just his first season at Under-18 level, Dew kicked 21 goals from his 13 games in the midfield while also spending time at half-forward.

The 17-year-old received his Macca’s Cup MVP nomination in Round 9 when he not only booted six goals but also tallied 28 disposals, eight tackles and nine clearances.

‘’It’s an outstanding effort when you consider Brendan was playing his first year at the level,’’ Central Under-18 coach Matthew Krieg said.

‘’We used him mainly on the ball but at times we put him one-on-one in the forward 50m (arc) if we felt we needed a scoring opportunity.

‘’He is an elite runner in terms of his aerobic capacity but he’s also got the ability to do several repeat sprint efforts.’’

Krieg likened Dew – who is no relation to Bulldogs premiership star Stuart – to former Dogs rover Marco Bello, despite kicking with his right foot.

‘’The best thing about Dewy is that he is a fantastic trainer with a great attitude,’’ Krieg said of Dew, who also missed the last three games of the year with osteitis pubis.

‘’He is so keen to get the best out of himself that you have to pull him back a little bit. No doubt, he will play a lot of (SANFL) league footy if not higher.’’

Introduced in 2009, the Macca’s Cup MVP Award is awarded to the fairest and most brilliant player in the Under-18 Macca’s Cup Competition.

One player is nominated for the Award each round throughout the home-and-away season, with the overall winner selected by a panel of judges chaired by SANFL High Performance Manager Brenton Phillips.

Dew receives a $1,000 cash prize and a medallion courtesy of McDonald’s.

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