Travis Schiller wins Norm Russell Medal

By Ella Watson

With 216 votes the winner of this year’s Norm Russell Medal is Travis Schiller.
Travis had a spectacular season of footy with 222 kicks at 70% efficiency, 267 handballs at 82% efficiency, 77 marks, 131 clearances averaging approximately 6 per game ,also averaging approximately 4 tackles per game and 3 inside 50’s. He also kicked 5 goals and collected 23 'free kicks for'.
Travis scored the maximum amount of points on offer in rd 8, rd 17 and the Eimination Final, in rd 8 he got the maximum amount of votes with 25 votes from Centrals judges and three Magarey Medal votes from the Umpires. 
He finished 5th at the 2015 SANFL Margery Medal count with 17 votes.
Travis’s older brother Jarrod Schiller won the Norm Russell Medal last year making them the second pair of brothers to win the prestigious Medal in the Club's history.  
“It’s good to get back to back Schiller’s.”
Travis had a very successful night at the Centrals Best and Fairest award ceremony also taking home the Daniel Hulm Memorial Trophy for Most Courageous Player.
At the award ceremony on Saturday night Travis was praised by senior coach Roy Laird for the way he plays his footy.
Well deserving of his award for courage Travis put his head over the ball and pushed hard through the midfield every game and as coach Roy Laird said:
“To put himself in that position as often as he does and not miss a game is credit to his courage.”
“This kid is going to be playing state footy within a year he is clearly one of the best on ballers in the competition.”
Travis’s young age was also seen as a positive by Roy who believes the large majority of the playing group can still improve.
“Being twenty one Travis has considerable improvement ahead and it will be exciting to see what the finished product will look like, for the time being I will enjoy the ride he’s had a fantastic year and we look forward to seeing it again.”
Accepting the award Travis thanked the coaching staff and trainers for their hard work and guidance and bringing him through the system from juniors.
Special thanks went to Reserves coach Jeff Brown for assisting Travis to find the courage to continue persisting with football after he was dropped from the reserves team during finals four years ago.
 During his speech Travis also showed heart warming appreciation for his family and his partner Bre.
“I’d like to thank my family they have given me and Jarrod the best chance to succeed, I love my parents more than anything they are my idols in life especially my Dad he works hard every day, if I can be half the man my dad is I will have achieved something in my life.”
“To my partner Bre, she tells me what I can improve on after every game, I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Bre.”
To conclude his speech Travis of course thanked the team without whom the season would not have ended so successfully. 
“I’d like to thank all the boys, you’ve been a great group of players from the word go, from when I started playing at Centrals in under 14’s I’ve always loved every moment at the dogs so thank you very much and cheers.”               
Going forward Travis is excited for what next season will present the team and is confident they have it in them to push hard and take it all the way to the Grand Final.
“I hope to have a consistent year, to continue on and continue improving to get the best out of myself while I’m young.”
“Hopefully we can win the flag, improve get some new recruits and move forward.” 
Congratulations to Travis Schiller on winning the Norm Russell Medal and the Club's Most Courageous Player Award, the Club is excited to continue to watch you grow as a player and wish you all the best for the future. 

Travis, with the 2015 Norm Russell Medal
Travis in Finals Action in 2015. Picture Michael Young Photography.
Barossa Valley Product Travis Schiller in action at Adelaide Oval. Pictures above and below Peter Argent #anotherargentimage


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