The best of the Colts
- Thursday, 26 September 2013
Written by: Michael Barr | Photo: Kim Johnson
The Subiaco Football Club are preparing to award the Colts Best and Fairest of 2013 with this Friday’s Taylor Medal.
The award ceremony will serve as closure of an impressive Colts season where numerous players had break out years.
Bestry made a transition from a stay at home ruckman to a versatile utility player in 2013; with coach Steve Armstrong taking advantage of his athleticism. Rotated through the backline, ruck and forward line through periods of the season and proved to be equally as effective in each region. Bestry became a dominant forward option for the Colts towards the back end of the season kicking ten goals in the last four games.
Deluca flourished in his second year of Colts football to become the leading possession getter for the Lions. The silky midfielder amassed 499 disposals and multiple best on ground performances to establish himself as a premier ball-getter in the WAFL. Super handy around goals with 19 to his name and a brilliant one on one tackler. Deluca will enter the Taylor medal as the arguable favourite.
The Captain Declan Jackson was a rock throughout the season; constantly deflating opposition forwards. Jackson claimed multiple big scalps throughout the season, including South Fremantle’s Cameron McCarthy and East Fremantle’s Jonathon Marsh. Is uncompromising in a contest a key part of Subiaco’s rebound game.
The goal-sneak had an outstanding year for the Lions booting 58 goals to stand as the WAFL’s leading goal kicker. McAlister was extremely accurate throughout the season and capitalised on Subi’s periods of dominance. This was especially prominent in the 1st Semi Final against Perth; where he booted four first half goals.
Esperance product Ryan Vermeersch dominated in portions of 2013; used as a roaming half forward. Vermeersch was an important part of Subiaco’s scoring ability; kicking 28 goals but setting up hundreds more. At 190 centimetres; Vermeersch proved dominant in the air and will be sure to poll votes in the back half of the season.
Max Walters had a breakout year for the Colts in 2013; establishing himself as a dominant ball winner. Walters ability to find space resulted in an explosion onto the scene in the first half season as he sat atop the ball getters for the Subiaco Colts at halfway. An excellent first year was soured by Round 14 however; as the prolific midfielder was sidelined with a quad injury.
The Warwick Greenwood sourced player had an incredible year in 2013 where Wilkinson only missed one game in the regular season. Wilkinson has incredible pace and works hard around stoppages. Averaged 19 possessions over 2013 and was a crucial part of the Lions finals run.
Michael Wood started the season like a house on fire, kicking 16 goals from the first three games. Wood emerged as a star in the Colts system with his big frame and superb kicking action causing headaches for the opposition. The big forward showed enough talent that he was elevated into the Subiaco League side by Round Eight which will hurt his chances of winning the Taylor, but Wood will poll heavily in the first half.
The event will kick off on Friday 6PM WST at the Subiaco’s Medibank Stadium function room.
The winner of awards will be published via Facebook and Twitter on the night, so stay tuned