STARS: Players and representatives of players of the Kapunda ‘Team of the Modern Era’ which was named on Saturday night.A fantastic honour at any level of football, from the national competition to the local club, a best “Team of the Modern Era” was named by the Kapunda Football Club on the club’s 150thanniversary dinner on Saturday Night.
The entire field oozed class from the outset, with the forwardline up of Dallas Keane, Geoff Schell and Danny Deptula sitting across the forward pockets and full forward position.
Deptula kicked 54 goals in 1999 and 87 in 2000 after finals, claiming the competition’s leading goal kicker award.
Schell recorded the same accomplishment twice as well, with 75 goals in 1986 and 76 in 1987 to win back-to-back awards, while Keane claimed the 2001 best and fairest.
The half forwardline featured two of the biggest names in Kapunda history with Terry Ryan, Nathan Brady and Sam Ryan, with the latter named as the vice-captain.
Across the midfield line was even more brilliance, with Jim Hayward, who was named captain of the side, five-time Bombers best and fairest Richard Anderson smack in the centre and Peter Vandeleur on the right wing.
Captain Hayward won best and fairests in 1967 and 1968 and the League best and fairest award in 1969, shared with Tanunda’s Dale John.
Anderson is a record-equalling five time best and fairest, after winning the awardin 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996.
THE FIELD: The team sheet of the Bombers’ ‘Team of the Modern Era’ which was announced on the 150th anniversary night at the Trotting Track.
The half backs saw Brian Menzel, Phil Schell and Alan Prior named, who had eight best and fairests between them, with Schell nabbing four and Menzel nabbing three.
In addition to his four club best and fairests, Schell was a back to back league best and fairest, winning the award in 1984 and 1985.
Vandeleur was a star in 1966, awardedthe Association’s best and fairest award, and a club best and fairest in 1971.
The full backs saw the appearance of a modern star, with Brad Valentine named along side Robert Jarman and Mick Browne.
The ruck and ruck rover line was star studded, and could execute brilliance at any level of football, with Jason McKenzie, who won two league best and fairests in 2001 and 2012, Brad Taylor, who won five Bombers best and fairests, from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 before winning again in 2012 and Mick McCarthy, the current A Grade coach and two time best and fairest, winning it in 1997 and 2004, with the latter a premiership year.
2004 was the dream year for the current coach, as he also won the League’s best and fairest award in addition to his club best and fairest and the A Grade premiership, the first of two in a row.
The bench was capped off with Adam Turrell, Paul Higgins, Tony Holding and Trevor Leslie, who have won a total of five best and fairests, with the former the current Bombers’ club champion, having taken it out in 2014 and 2015, and his brother Andrew claiming the award in 2011.
Leslie, in addition to his 1976 and 1977medals, winning the Association’s best and fairest award in the senior colts in 1970.
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