Jarrod Schiller wins Norm Russell Medal

By Kym Jarman

Jarrod Schiller has won this year's Norm Russell Medal as Central District's Best & Fairest Player.

The Bulldogs defender/midfielder capped off a consistent season polling 286 votes, 20 ahead of Runner Up Ryan Williams with 266, and brilliant youngster Josh Glenn with 240.

Schiller's younger brother Travis, in his first year of League Football was awarded 4th Best and Fairest (229 votes) while, silky defender Luke Barmby (205) and evergreen skipper Paul Thomas (193) rounded out the Top 6 for season 2014.

It was Schillers first Norm Russell Medal and he made mention that it was somewhat of a surprise. "You'll have to bear with me as I haven't prepared a speech as this is a litte unexpected to be honest".

He also made mention of his teammates "I think any one of the guys in the top 6 could have won this, they have all had great seasons".

He also mentioned his brother. "Travis is probably the reason I am up here to be honest. He came up and started playing League footy so I had to get better, I couldn't let him beat me!" he quipped.

Schiller accepted the 2014 Norm Russell Medal from Oscar Russell, Grandson of a Club fore founder Norm Russell, in who's honour the Award is named.

It capped off a fruitful night for the Barossa Valley native who also took home the 'Most Consistent League Player' and also the 'Danny Hulm Memorial Trophy' for the Most Courageous League Player.

Other award winners included Jackson Potter (Coaches Award), Sam Hanna (Incentive Award), Bryce Retzlaff (Leading Goalkicker, 40 goals).

Travis Schiller was awarded the 'Les Stevens Memorial Trophy' in its' inaugural year (League Development Award). Travis had an extremely good season for a first year player after debuting in Round 1 (He also won the SANFL's rising star award).

On the Night Kyle Jenner (100 League games for CDFC) and Ryan Williams (150 games) were presented gifts while two other CDFC Premiership players were acknowledged upon their retirements.

Brad Symes, a two time CDFC and SANFL Premiership Player in 2005 and 2007 was honoured for a great career which unfortunately ended prematurely as a result of a long line of concussions suffered, dating back to his junior days. Symes career included 98 SANFL League games, 2 Premierships and a Best and Fairest, and 80 AFL Games (20 with the Power including the 2007 AFL Grand Final and 60 with the Crows), as well as being awarded the Magarey Medal for the SANFL's Fairest and most Brilliant player in season 2012. President David Cavenett summarised Brad's career and proffessionalism as well as acknowledging his great character which saw the Gawler native giving his all for his beloved Dogs each and every game he played for Centrals, despite for the most part being on an AFL list.

Brad in true style acknowledged his teammates and fellow retiree Scott Dutschke, commenting on how "Dutschke was an inspiration both on the training track and the way he went about his football and his ferociousness and attack on the ball." Symes mentioned Dutschke's style "is what the Central District Football Club" is built on.

Dutschke, a 4 time Premiership Player for Central District cited a battered body, work committments (own business) and a young family (young son and another baby on the way) as the catalysts for his retirement. 
"No doubt if Scott didnt play the way he does he could have played a lot more games" President David Cavenett said.
Coach Roy Laird also mentioned "If I needed Scott to do something for us he would do it without asking any questions. Being a 4 time premiership player is a great reward for a great career".
Dutschke attributed his success to many at the Club including many former teammates who "showed him the way" and taught him a lot in the early years.
Scott is a local player hailing from Tanunda and also came through the Junior ranks at CDFC. He was awarded Playing Life Membership earlier this year.

The Reserves Awards were also given out with the Best & Fairest being won by David Haydon with 64 votes. Haydon also played 6 League games in season 2014. Haydon was super-consistent in 2014 and was knocking down the League door all year. He was also presented this year's Reserves Coaches Award for his application.

Runner Up Reserves Best and Fairest was Patrick White (56 votes). White had a breakout year in 2014. Scott Dutschke who played Reserves footy in 2014 returning from injury was 3rd in the Reserves count with 44 votes, and youngster Connor McLean won the Reserves Incentive Award for season 2014.

A summary of the Award Winners are:

Norm Russell Medal - League Best & Fairest - Donated by the Russell Family and Channel 9 - Jarrod Schiller
Runner Up Best & Fairest - Ryan Williams
3rd Best & Fairest - Josh Glenn
4th Best & Fairest - Travis Schiller
5th Best & Fairest - Luke Barmby
6th Best & Fairest - Paul Thomas

Danny Hulm Memorial Trophy (Most Courageous), Donated by West End - Jarrod Schiller
Coaches Award, Donated by CDFC Past Players & Officials - Jackson Potter
Les Stevens Memorial Trophy
(League Development Award), Donated by Val Stevens - Travis Schiller
Most Consistent League Player, Donated by Konami Gaming - Jarrod Schiller
League Incentive Award, Donated by Austral Meats - Sam Hanna
League Leading Goalkicker, Donated by CDFC Past Players & Officials - Bryce Retzlaff (40 goals)

Reserves Best & Fairest, Donated by Alsco Linen Services, also recipient of the Hosking Family Perpetual Trophy,
Donated by the Hosking Family - David Haydon
Reserves Runner Up Best & Fairest
, Donated by Fresh Produce - Patrick White
Reserves 3rd Best & Fairest
, donated by Australian Liquor Marketers - Scott Dutschke
Reserves Coaches Award,
Donated by CDFC Past Players & Officials - David Haydon
Reserves Incentive Award,
Donated by PFD Foods - Connor McLean

See below for a full gallery of images. Photos by Kirsty Hosking
Jarrod Schiller with the 2014 Norm Russell Medal
 Ryan Williams, Runner Up Best & Fairest and also Fan Favourite
 Young Gun Josh Glenn makes his speech
 Travis Schiller with the Les Stevens Memorial Trophy
To see a Gallery of Images from the night click here
2014 CDFC Best & Fairest Jarrod Schiller


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