Kelly scoops awards
Tuesday, 7th September, 2010
North's Jayden Kelly is the 2010 Lionel Johnston Medal winner.
The Musicians' Club last night played host to the event which was attended by a huge audience.
Kelly compiled a massive 34 votes to become the 20th Bulldog to win the coveted individual award.
Kelly has spent the past few years with Central Districts in the SANFL and his game and endurance has improved dramatically, and that was evident for all to see in 2010.
He has been a standout for the Bulldogs in a midfield that already boasts two Lionel Johnston Medalists.
Nineteen votes away from Kelly in second place was Central's young gun, Ben Camilleri.
Already on an AFL scholarship with Collingwood, Camilleri has shown a maturity and poise at either end of the ground and it's something of an understatement to say he has a very bright future.
The night was extra special for Kelly, as he also took out the Mail Medal for 2010, and in doing so he became the 18th player to win both medals in the same year.
He is the 6th Bulldog to claim the double. The last time the feat was achieved was back in 2003.
The Mail Medal was introduced to local football in 1958 and is voted on by the umpires. It is awarded to players in many competitions across South Australia.
Runner-up to the 2010 Mail Medal is Central playmaker Justin Heath. Heath again has had another consistent year for the Magpies.
The Frank Thomas Best Junior award was won by South young gun Cody Schorn, who polled 37 votes.
Schorn's first full year at League level has been an exceptional one. His maturity and desire at the contest is equal to any player in the local league.
Schorn also becomes the 20th South junior to win the Best Junior award.
A team's defence is usually the backbone of any side and in 2010 North's Matt Dempster has been a standout.
His straight through approach, desire and never-give-in attitude has seen him win the Credit Union Smart Savers award for 2010.
It is Dempster's third Smart Saver win and he has become the fourth player to claim the award back to back.