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Dea top VFL Tiger

JDM 2015: Players on the red carpet Dave Astbury and Sam Lloyd talk to a few of the boys ahead of the 2015 Jack Dyer Medal.

Dependable defender Matt Dea has won Richmond’s VFL Best and Fairest award for 2015.

Dea took out the second Guinane Medal with 49 votes, ahead of tough, inside midfielder Matt Thomas, 37 votes, and the team’s captain Jaryd Cachia, who finished equal third alongside James Wall on 31 votes.

It was a standout season at VFL level from Dea, who averaged 20 disposals and six marks in his 15 games.

He was ranked second overall in the competition for contested marks inside defensive 50.

Dea, who turns 25 next week (October 13), was considered unlucky not to receive an opportunity at senior level throughout the season.

To his considerable credit, however, he cast aside his frustration to produce such fine football for the Tigers’ VFL side.

The Guinane Medal is named in honor of one of Richmond’s most prominent father-son combinations, Dan and Paddy Guinane, who both had celebrated playing careers with the Tigers, before serving the Club with distinction in key off-field areas.

The 2015 Guinane Medal top 20

1st              Matt Dea                            49 votes
2nd             Matt Thomas                     37
Eq. 3rd      James Wall                        31
Eq. 3rd      Jaryd Cachia                      31
5th             Matt McDonough               28
6th             Liam McBean                    27
Eq. 7th      Shaun Hampson              26
Eq. 7th      Matt Arnot                            26
Eq. 7th      Nick Wynne                        26
Eq. 7th      David Astbury                    25
11th          Jason Castagna               22
Eq. 12th   Reece McKenzie              21
Eq. 12th   Ed Barlow                          21
Eq. 14th   Tyson Kruse                      20
Eq. 14th   Ryan Gale                          20
16th          Todd Elton                          18
17th          Sam Lloyd                          17
Eq. 18th   Ben Lennon                       16
Eq. 18th   Anthony Scott                     16
20th          Connor Menadue              13