On­baller claims Saints best and fairest award By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

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.

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