BITS Saints reserves midfielder Dan Shea had a very consistent year for BITS, and fully deserved his league best and fairest medal.
BITS Saints reserves midfielder Dan Shea had a very consistent year for BITS, and fully deserved his league best and fairest medal. File

Saints best and fairest

A BITS Saints midfielder who let his actions do the talking on the field throughout the season has been rewarded with the AFL Capricornia reserves best and fairest.

Saints midfielder Dan Shea won the medal with 22 points, seven ahead of Yeppoon’s Adrian Jones.

An integral part of the Saints line-up, Shea came in for praise from BITS reserves coach Lucas Hall for his work ethic and hardness at the contest.

“He’s one of the fittest blokes at the club, and he’s been a big bonus to the side,” he said.

“He gets smashed every week, and just keeps getting up and getting it done. I thought he’d be up there.”

Hall said the win – the first such accolade for Shea – was well deserved.

“He’s a pretty modest guy and doesn’t talk about himself. I rang him to ask who’d won during the (medal count) night, and at the end of the conversation he said, ‘And I won the reserves medal’,” Hall said.

Shea had over a decade away from playing AFL before being coaxed into pulling on the Saints jumper last year.

“I played a game with the Barbarians, and the seniors and reserves coach approached me to play,” he said.

With a handful of senior appearances last year, Shea has been a regular in the twos this year.

Shea attended the count, but professed to not giving winning a thought.

“Some games you think you go alright in, you don’t get noticed, and you never know what the umpires are thinking,” he said.

“I did think I had a pretty consistent year.”

Growing up in Melbourne, Shea won a few premierships in junior footy

“It’s a good outlet for me,” Shea said.

A premiership would be the icing on the cake for Shea. “I’m hoping for a win. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t.”



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