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Shannon Hurn with his Glendinning-Allan Medal, 2019. Photo: Supplied

Shannon Hurn with his Glendinning-Allan Medal, 2019. Photo: Supplied

In Western Australian football, outside of major round games the biggest day of the regular season is the clashes between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers, known colloquially in the west as "Derby games".

These games which are similar in status and ferocity to the South Australian "Showdown" matches between the Crows and the Power, having parochial fans on both side of the fence,

In each game the Glendinning-Allan medal is awarded to the best player.

In this year's round four victory by the West Coast Eagles at Perth Stadium in front of a crowd of 58,219. Shannon Hurn won his third Medal for a brilliant display where he collected 32 disposals, including 26 kicks with a great number of them dispatched by the most destructive and penetrating right foot in the game.

He also took eight marks, most of them intercepts, and in conjunction with fellow defenders - in this scrappy 13 point victory - turned back countless Dockers attacks.

He has previously won the medal in 2017 and again last year, getting the nod in three of the past four Derby games.

Commentators said in a game marred by skill errors and poor decision making, Hurn stood above all others.

After losing their opening game, the West Coast Eagles has won its past three AFL games in their title defence, with Hurn leading from the front.

On Good Friday evening, they host the Port Adelaide side on home soil.

Sensational return

One of the great positive and uplifting stories from Barossa, Light and Gawler football, during the second round was the triumphant return of the well liked Barossa Districts utility, Darren Sharp.

Darren Sharp. Photo: Peter Argent

Darren Sharp. Photo: Peter Argent

The BLG's leading goal kicker back in 2005, Sharp made a name for himself as a versatile footballer and rebounding defender across the Bulldogs premiership era from 2006 to 2013 where he played a key role in four A grade Bulldogs premierships, across six Grand Final appearances.

After looking a step above his opponents in the round one Barossa reserves win at Freeling Oval where he kicked four goals and was third best, in the critical round two A grade clash at Williamstown Oval, against a South Gawler outfit needing a victory, Sharp snaffled four pivotal goals in a three-point win.

Having just turned 35 and looking fighting fit Sharp had last played for the Bulldogs in 2015 and after a season in amateur league in '16, playing with Pooraka, he had spent the past two years on the sidelines.

Also in a fine tribute the Barossa and South players stood in one minutes silence before the A grade game for the four departed club people, Darren Traynor (2018 A grade team manager), Chad Gill (2013 B grade premiership player), Chris Zachopoulos (son of Sandra -2018 president - and Viss, the clubs bar manager for the past 10 years), and Kym Bussenschutt (the father of senior colt from 2018 Daniel Bussenschutt).

Darren Sharp. Photo: Peter Argent

Darren Sharp. Photo: Peter Argent

The Barossa boys also wore black arm bands to recognize this quartet.

First wins of 2019

Both the Central District League and Under 18s side had their first wins of their 2019 SANFL campaigns

The League side won in a low scoring and untidy affair by 20 points - 7.12 (54) to 5.4 (34).

The Schiller siblings from Nuriootpa, Travis and Jared both had outstanding games finishing with 32 and 28 disposals respectively and between them dished out an impressive 44 handballs.

The Under 18s, who had struggled in the opening two rounds before defeating West Adelaide by nine points. In the win Jack Carpenter and Rhys Cannizzaro lead the way while Henry McCabe was also serviceable.

Max Fraser, the son of a league player from the 1980s, Robbie kicked two goals as did his Willaston team-mate Zac East.

The Central Districts reserves had another thrilling victory getting up by three points against the Bloods in the early game at Elizabeth Oval.

Marcus Barreau led the way with 25 touches and a goal while Ethan East was also serviceable with 21 touches.

The Under 18s have a Easter Thursday night match against North Adelaide at X Convenience Oval, Elizabeth this week while the league team plays on Good Friday afternoon at Prospect Oval.