Onballer claims Saints best and fairest award By JUSTIN JENVEY
CLASS ACT: Frazer Dale (main) won Myrtleford’s senior best and fairest last Friday night. TALL TIMBER: Senior and reserves runners up Matt Dussin and Jeremy Schifferle (inset).
FRAZER Dale has won Myrtleford’s senior best and fairest after a standout first full season back at his home club.
The former Carlton rookie played every game in 2017 and polled votes in all but three matches to take out the McNamara Medal ahead of Saints co-captain Matt Dussin.
Dale finished with 114 votes to claim his first best and fairest award while Dussin, who bettered two previous third place finishes totalled 107 votes.
The pair were well clear of the rest of the field with 2016 winner Brad Murray third in his final season.
Hugh Wales, who represented the Ovens and Murray alongside Dale and Dussin this year, was fourth despite playing just nine games, while Lachie Dale rounded out the top five.
Dale who was unable to attend the count last Friday night because of work commitments in Sydney said it was an honour to join an elite list of players to have won best and fairests at the club.
“I’m very humbled, it’s a dream come true to win a senior best and fairest for your home club,” he said.
“I’ve absolutely loved being back at Myrtleford and I want to thank the boys for putting up with me.
“It’s great to be able to play with your best mates every week and to have also had the opportunity to play with Brad Murray in his last season and good mates like Matt Dussin who had another great year, is an honour.
“I want to thank Michael Quirk (president) for getting me back to the club and for all his work behind the scenes as well the coaching staff and all the support staff who do an incredible job.”
Dale, who has recently moved to Sydney to begin a traineeship as steward with Racing NSW, is unsure whether he will turn out for the Saints in 2018 with weekend commitments set to limit is availability to a just a handful of games if any.
“I obviously want to play again but I’m just going to have to see if it’s possible once the season is here,” Dale said.
“Horse racing is obviously a big passion of mine with dad (Andrew Dale) being a trainer and that’s eventually something I want to get into.
“Once I’ve completed the 12 month traineeship I’ll be posted out to a regional area so I’m hoping that I’ll be somewhere close to Myrtleford and can have the job and play footy.”
In the reserves best and fairest Nick Howell topped the count with Jeremy Schifferle again finishing runner up while the top gong in the thirds went to Max Stevens followed by Daniel Taberner.