Taylor Medal 2017 - The Contenders

 
Friday night will see the Subiaco Colts host their gala event of the year with the annual Taylor Medal night.
 
This night recognises the best players and best contributions made to Colts football at the club in 2017 and looks set to be a memorable evening and event.
 
Regular Colts reporter in 2017, Lenny Fogliani has run his eyes over all of the contenders for Friday night and has put together this report.
 
TAYLOR MEDAL 2017 - THE CONTENDERS
 
BRAYDEN AINSWORTH/MIDFIELD
The 2017 AFL U18s All-Australian only played six games for the Colts but he was named in the best on five occasions. In the six games that he played he kicked five goals and averaged 27 possessions, 6 marks and 4 tackles. He also polled 14 votes in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award out of a possible 30, with standout performances against Peel in round 4 (24 possessions, 5 marks, 3 inside 50s, 2 tackles and a goal), East Perth in round 5 (32 possessions, 9 marks, 4 inside 50s, 3 tackles and a goal), Claremont in round 6 (32 possessions, 6 inside 50s, 4 marks, 3 tackles and a goal), Swan Districts in round 8 (27 possessions, 6 marks, 3 tackles and 3 inside 50s), and South Fremantle in round 9 (24 possessions, 8 marks, and 5 tackles). His ruthless attack on the ball, his elite skills and his remarkable ability to read the play make him a very special player. The culmination of his starring performances has seen him nominated for the AFL National Combine.
 
LIAM CONNOLLY/KEY DEFENDER
The Colts Captain has done a sensational job in helping the Lions climb off the bottom of the ladder. His directional talk, intercept marking and ability to shut down his direct opponent make him an excellent captain. In 20 games he ranked first in the competition for marks (109), and he also averaged 13 possessions and 2 tackles per game. He was named in the best on eight occasions, with his best games coming against South Fremantle in round one (20 possessions and 9 marks) and against Peel in round 18 (11 possessions, 4 marks and 2 tackles). Expect him to climb the senior ranks next year.
 
MAX DENNIS/MIDFIELD
The Carine junior had a sensational year for the Lions, playing in the midfield. In 19 games he racked up the third most possessions of anyone in the competition (395 at an average of 21 per game), took 82 marks (ranked eighth in the competition) and was in the top 25 for tackles (62). He was named in the best on nine occasions and his standout games came against South Fremantle in rounds 1 (28 possessions, 8 marks, 3 inside 50s and two tackles) and 9 (20 possessions, 8 marks, 5 inside 50s, 3 tackles and a goal), East Fremantle in round 10 (24 possessions, 10 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 marks), and Peel in round 11 (25 possessions, 5 tackles, and 2 inside 50s). Without doubt Dennis is the heart and soul of the Colts, and his desire to win the contested ball inspires his teammates. 
 
TOM EDWARDS-BALDWIN/MIDFIELD
Best described as fearless, Edwards-Baldwin was without doubt one of the toughest kids in the Colts competition in 2017. Playing primarily in the midfield he racked up 317 possessions at 17 per game (ranked in the top 20 of the competition) and he laid 73 tackles at an average of 4 per game (ranked in the top 15). He was named in the best on six occasions, and his standout games came against Perth in round 12 (24 possessions, 3 inside 50s, 2 marks and a goal), Swan Districts in round 20 (22 possessions, 7 inside 50s, 5 marks and 4 tackles), and West Perth in round 22 (24 possessions, 5 marks, 3 inside 50s, 2 tackles and a goal).
 
LUKE FOLEY/UTILITY
Subiaco’s “Mr fix-it,” Foley is one of the most versatile players in the competition. He can play as an inside midfielder, an outside midfielder, on the wing and can even be deployed on the half-back line. In 19 games, he accumulated 322 possessions at an average of 17 per game (ranked in the top 20 of the competition), took 88 marks at an average of 5 per game (top five of the competition), and laid 78 tackles at an average of four per game (in the top 10 of the competition), His best game came against West Perth in round 3 when he accumulated 16 possessions, took 5 marks, recorded 4 inside 50s and laid 3 tackles. 
 
KYRON HAYDEN/MIDFIELD
Known to be a “raging bull,” Hayden was one of the most influential players in the competition. He only played 14 games for the Colts but he was named in the best in seven of these, ranking in the top 25 players for possessions (312 at 22 per game), At Subiaco he ranked sixth for tackles (48 at four per game) and eighth for marks (56 at four per game). He finished third in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award with 31 votes, with his best games coming against South Fremantle in round 1 (22 possessions, 7 inside 50s, 5 marks, 2 tackles and a goal), Peel in round 4 (23 possessions, 5 inside 50s, and 3 marks), Swan Districts in round 8 (17 possessions, 3 inside 50s and 2 tackles), and West Perth in round 22 (29 possessions, 5 tackles, 4 marks and 3 inside 50s). His excellent performances with the Colts and the WA U18s have seen him being invited to the AFL National Combine.
 
LIAM HICKMOTT/DEFENDER-MIDFIELD
He started the season in defence but midway through the year he moved into the midfieldn handling the role with surety. He finished the season with 376 possessions at 19 per game (ranked sixth in the competition), and 118 tackles at six per game (ranked third in the competition). He finished second to Perth’s Luke English in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award by just five votes, after he produced brilliant performances against Perth in round 16 (23 possessions, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50s and 3 marks), Claremont in round 17 (32 possessions, 13 tackles, 4 marks and 2 inside 50s), Peel in round 18 (27 possessions, 4 tackles, 2 marks and a goal), East Fremantle in round 19 (22 possessions, 9 tackles, 4 marks and 4 inside 50s), Swan Districts in round 20 (22 possessions, 10 tackles, 5 inside 50s and 3 marks), and East Perth in round 23 (22 possessions, 10 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 2 marks and a goal).
 
TRISTAN HOBLEY/WING
The 2016 WA U16s representative proved to be a smooth operator on the wing for Subiaco in 2017. He ranked equal third at Subiaco for possessions (322 at 18 per game), fourth for marks (83 at five per game) and ninth for tackles (41 at two per game). He was named in the best on three occasions and his notable performances came against Perth in round 12 (28 possessions, six marks, six inside 50s, three tackles and a goal) and against East Fremantle in round 19 (25 possessions, five inside 50s and four marks).
 
CHRISTIAN MARTIN/KEY FORWARD
The key focal point in the forward line booted the most goals by a Subiaco colt since Rhys McAlister booted 30 goals in 2014. Martin’s 29 goals from 20 games saw him finish third in the WAFL Leading Goalkicker Award, behind East Fremantle’s Dillon O’Reilly (39) and South Fremantle’s Luke Moore (30). Across the 20 games, Martin gathered 215 possessions at 11 per game, and grabbed 85 marks at 4 per game. He was at his unstoppable best against Perth in round 2 (11 possessions, 4 marks, and 4 goals) and round 12 (15 possessions, 8 marks, 6 inside 50s, 3 tackles and 4 goals).
 
BEN MILLER/KEY POSITION UTILITY
The Kalgoorlie product may have only played nine games for Subiaco in 2017, but his starring performances should see him poll well in the Taylor Medal. He finished in the top 10 of the competition for hit-outs (192 at 21 per game), and finished in the top 20 at Subiaco for possessions (126 at 14 per game), and marks (33 at 4 per game). He was named in the best on five occasions, with his standout performances coming against Perth in rounds 2 (16 possessions, 30 hit-outs, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 2 inside 50s and a goal) and 16 (18 possessions, 44 hit-outs, 7 marks, 3 inside 50s, 2 tackles and a goal), West Perth in round 3 (11 possessions, 29 hit-outs, 2 tackles, 2 inside 50s, and a goal), and Claremont in round 6 (17 possessions, 17 hit-outs, 4 marks, 3 inside 50s, 2 tackles and 2 goals). His performances have seen him invited to this year’s AFL National Combine, along with Ainsworth and Hayden
 
 
HONOURABLE MENTIONS
·      Koby Fullgrabe/Half Back Flank
·      Wil Hickmott/Wing
·      Mitch Hughes/Key Position Utility
·      Madoc Plane/Half Forward
·      Duane Smith/Utility
·      Kyle Stainsby/Small Defender
·      Che Wyatt/Key Forward
 
PREVIOUS WINNERS
2016: J. Harris
2015: J. Beverley
2014:T. Edwards
2013: J. Deluca
2012: J. Garcia
2011: C. Hoskins
2010: J. Lee
2009: C. Hoskins
2008: R. Scantlebury & C. Enders
2007: A. Davey
2006: J. O’Halloran
2005: J. Batt & M. Priddis
 
TAYLOR MEDAL DETAILS:
Date:Friday September 15
Venue:Subi Sports Bar
Time:6:30PM
Dress:Cocktail
 
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