Football’s Best and Fairest winners

Player/coach Dean Terlich all smiles as he wins the Schulter Medal for League Best and Fairest in the Barossa Light and Gawler Football Association.
Player/coach Dean Terlich all smiles as he wins the Schulter Medal for League Best and Fairest in the Barossa Light and Gawler Football Association.

A-Grade Best and Fairest – Schluter Award

Former Melbourne player and current player/coach of the Tanunda Magpies Dean Terlich was awarded the Schluter A-Grade Best and Fairest Medal on Monday night. 

Terlich dominated the count and received 26 votes, seven votes more than the next closest player.

The 2018 season was Terlich’s first year in the Barossa Light and Gawler Football League after concluding his AFL career in 2016 after playing 35 games for Melbourne.

Prior to that, Terlich was instrumental in Norwood’s 2012 grand final victory, where he won the Jack Oatey Medal as the best on ground.

In his award acceptance speech, Terlich commended the umpires for their professionalism and thanked the Tanunda Football Club for welcoming him with open arms.

“Coming back to country footy you kind of don’t know what to expect as far as football standard or umpiring standard but it’s a really high quality,” Terlich said.

Terlich was also named in the Team of the Year as a midfielder.

In October 2017, outgoing Tanunda Magpies president Dan Eggleton said the new recruit, Terlich, had ticked all the boxes.

Dean Terlich played 35 games for Melbourne after being drafted in 2013. Photo: Peter Argent

Dean Terlich played 35 games for Melbourne after being drafted in 2013. Photo: Peter Argent

“We have a vibrant young group of talent coming up from our colts side and with the dynamic of this young squad at the club, we see Dean as a perfect person for the role, with his breadth of experience in the game,” Mr Eggleton said. 

The 28-year-old Terlich kicked 22 goals in the minor rounds of this season and received votes in 11 of the team’s 16 games. 

The Tanunda Football Club finished the season in second position on the ladder and will play Willaston in the third round of the finals this week to progress to the Grand Final. 

Runner-up Best and Fairest was Aseri Raikiwasa from Nuriootpa Football Club who received 19 votes.

Reserves Best and Fairest – Herald Medal 

Jonathon Wright and Jack May

Jonathon Wright and Jack May

Jonathon Wright from South Gawler and Jack May from Tanunda received the highest honours in the Reserves Barossa Light and Gawler football league on Monday night.

For their stellar performances during the footy season they were recognised as dual winners of the Herald Best and Fairest Medal.

The players took out the accolade with 14 votes each.

Brayden Dalby and Matthew Whelan were dual runner ups with 12 votes. 

Senior Colts Best and Fairest

Tyson Charlie Lane for Barossa Districts win took out the Senior Colts honours on 27 votes. 

The runner up was Bailey Fielke from South Gawler on 19.

Under 15’s Best and Fairest

The Junior colts competition produced a three-way tie between Jake Noack from Tanunda, Kade Rohrlach from Nuriootpa, and Austin Poulton from Freeling. All recieved 22 votes.

Cooper Kalleske from Nuriootpa came in runner-up with 19 votes.