Sam Milne wins Reserves Best and Fairest

By Ella Watson

Winning the Hoskin perpetual trophy for reserves Best and Fairest in 2015 is Sam Milne.
Milne was recruited by Centrals 3 years ago at the age of 19 from the Albury Tigers in NSW.
Since his induction Milne has played 35 senior games and 20 reserves matches.
This season Milne started in the seniors, but carrying an injury and not playing as well as he would have liked he was dropped back to the reserves squad.
Milne played 10 games in reserves squad this season before being bumped back up to seniors where he played his final 7 games of the season and Centrals 3 League Finals Matches.
“It was a bit of a frustrating year in terms of not playing the way I would have liked and caring a bit of an injury.”
“I was quite happy with the second half of this season I started playing well in the 2’s and went back up to playing my role in the seniors, and to get to a prelim in the seniors that was really good.”
Having seniors experience Milne stepped into a leadership role on the field whilst playing reserves.
During his time in reserves Milne rebuilt his confidence and is grateful to reserves coach Jeff Brown for his support and advice. 
“I think the award will hold me in good stead for next season and give me a fair bit of confidence.”
“I generally over think the game, I just need to keep it a bit simpler and that’s what Jeff Brown taught me in the reserves.”
After rebuilding his confidence and proving his ability as a consistent player in the reserves Milne rejoined the senior squad and played in the preliminary final against West Adelaide.
 “Going up and playing with Roy he teaches you how to play your role so going into next season I’m super confident I can go out and become a consistent senior footballer and play my role each week.”
At the awards ceremony Reserves Coach Jeff Brown praised Milne for his commitment to the club and his work as a leader in the reserves.
“Sammy found a lot of the football playing at reserves level, we’d like him to go do that at league level and I’m sure he’s trying to do that, he’s a terrific lad.”
“A better lad you couldn’t meet a more dedicated person he a very popular member of the club well done Sammy.”      
Receiving his award Milne thanked the coaches including Reserves Coach Jeff Brown and Senior Coach Roy Laird for their support and confidence in him. 
“I’d like to thank Jeff Brown for everything you did for me this year, going back to play 2’s footy he’d say to me each week we don’t want you playing here, and I’d feel the same, but its good going back and rebuilding confidence so thanks to Brownie.”
“Thanks to Roy and the coaching staff you’ve helped me a lot, you go up and they give you a task and you always get feedback, also thanks to the medical staff and volunteers thanks for all the work you do without you we wouldn’t be able to go out and play the way we do.”
Milne was also eager to thank his team mates for their support and dedication to the team not just this year, but since his arrival at the club.
“To all the boys we have a really good bunch of blokes; I’m really encouraged by the way we finished the year.”
Looking back over season 2015 Milne is proud of the teams fight in the second half of the season and their finals effort, but admits the squad did not have the start to the season they would have liked.
“Our first half we just don’t seem to play the way we want, in the second half we know we will always have a crack, but we just don’t use the footy well enough and that’s something we need to focus on for next year to get off to a good start.”
Milne is excited for what season 2016 presents and is confident the team will fight hard take it all the way to the grand final.
“Going forward to 2016 we should be really excited and so should all the supporters.”

Milne, in action in the League Preliminary Final 2015 at Adelaide Oval
In action against South Adelaide in our do-or-die Round 19 clash
 PictureS Above by Peter Argent #anotherargentimage
 Celebrating the 1st Semi Final Win against Port on September 13
Picture by Michael Young Photography

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