Delightful Deluca

 Written by: Michael Barr | Photo: Subiaco Football Club

Joshua Deluca has won the 2013 Taylor medal after an outstanding year at Colts level.

The 17 year old finished 30 votes ahead of the second placed Connor Wilkinson after polling heavily in the second half of the year.

Deluca was the highest possession winner for the Colts in 2013 with 408 at an average of 18.5 a game; also booting 17 goals from an attacking midfield role.

The young star was delighted with the accolade but admitted it took him by surprise.  

“I had a good year but thought I could have been a bit more consistent. I was actually a bit surprised when I won the medal and especially by so much.” Said Deluca

“I looked at the guys who stood up like Michael Wood and Max Walters and expected one of those guys to win the Taylor medal so it was definitely a surprise.

Deluca also thanked head coach Steve Armstrong for his support during the season with the ex-AFL Premiership player providing advice for the young midfielder throughout 2013.

“Steve Armstrong helped me a lot throughout the year. Whenever there was something I needed help with or when I was struggling I could always have a chat with Army. I valued his input on my game and ways to improve.

 Finishing second on 87 votes was Kingsway JFC product Connor Wilkinson; narrowly ahead of first year Colt Max Walters who polled 78 votes.

The top three finishers in the Taylor medal were instrumental in Subiaco’s finals appearance in 2013, with each one filling a key role in the Colts dynamic midfield.

Wilkinson was the second most prominent ball winner for the Colts with 400 at an average of 19 and Max Walters had an explosive first half to the year before a calf injury sidelined him from Round 14.

117 DELUCA, Josh
87 WILKINSON, Connor
71 BESTRY, Jordan
51 WOOD, Michael
44 BRYAN, Chris
42 BUSCALL, Corey
41 JACKSON, Declan
41 KENNEDY, Hayden


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