Change of scenery sparks Goats midfielder
Monday, 29th September, 2014
By Ethan James
A switch of clubs and playing positions paved the way for Terry Delbridge to take out the Broken Hill Soccer Association's Best and Fairest Award on Friday night.
The 32-year-old took out the award by eight votes in what came as a massive surprise to the former West veteran.
"I thought it would have been either Jamie Goldstone (runner up) from Celtic or Mike Sheldon from the Joeys," he said.
"To be honest, I thought I had a quieter season than my past few."
Delbridge polled 25 votes to finish eight clear of Goldstone (17 votes) and Sheldon (14). Originally an Alma junior, Delbridge returned to his roots at the Goats after spending 17 years with West.
It was a decision made on family ties, with Terry's partner Amanda Harris playing for the Alma women's team.
"Socially I knew everyone at the club but it was definitely something that took a while to get used to, with different coaching styles," he said.
"I'd played with some of the guys at West for more than ten years, so to leave was a bit different."
He also made the transition from his preferred position of sweeper to the midfield, where he played the majority of the season.
"With sweeper you're out the back and can see the whole game coming to you but with the midfield you control the game a little more," Delbridge said.
"But there's definitely a lot more running which took me a while to get used to."
After a few last place results in recent years, Alma's goal was simply to play finals.
They finished in third position but their season was ended at the hands of Celtic in the preliminary final.
Terry believes sights should be higher and believes a grand final berth isn't beyond the club next season.
"I'm a bit different perhaps, I want the big one," he said.
"We won't lose too many at the end of this season and if we can pick up some extra players, we'll be in good shape.
"I think this year was one of the most even competitions in recent memory."
Delbridge plans to again go around in 2015 with some off season indoor soccer enough to keep the legs going.
Alma's Nathan Gageler picked up the B Grade Best and Fairest, while West premiership winner Steph Balman won the women's trophy.
Balman was tied with St. Joseph's Stevie Robinson on twelve votes but won on a count back.
West was awarded the club of the year award which was decided on a points system which rewarded clubs for good work on and off their field.
Clubs were given points for volunteer work and were docked points for receiving red cards.
2014 Broken Hill Soccer Association Awards
Best and Fairest
A Grade: Terry Delbridge; Runner Up Jamie Goldstone
B Grade: Nathan Gageler; Runner Up Jake Dawes
Women: Stephenie Balman; Runner Up Stevie Robinson
A Grade: Barry Schofield
B Grade: Hadyn McInnes-Power
Women: Jessica Cox
Goalkeeper of the Year
A Grade: Bailey Miller
B Grade: Jake Dart
Women: Taylor McAvaney
Women's Goalkeeper of the Year: Taylor McAvaney
Club of the Year: West