WAFL: Jay van Berlo named West Perth’s best

Mel Whinnen presents Jay van Berlo with the award. Picture: Matt Beilken
Luke Tedesco (left) receives retirement honours with board members Rebecca Pearce, Rob Jackson, Richard Homsany and Chris Erikson. Picture: Matt Beilken
Mel Whinnen presents Jay van Berlo with the award. Picture: Matt Beilken Luke Tedesco (left) receives retirement honours with board members Rebecca Pearce, Rob Jackson, Richard Homsany and Chris Erikson. Picture: Matt Beilken

WHEN West Perth captain Jay van Berlo was last named club fairest and best, he was in his second season of league football and would be drafted to Fremantle the next year.

Eight years on, having been delisted by the Dockers in 2013, he earned his second Breckler Medal at the Falcons awards dinner on Saturday night.

The big-bodied midfielder broke through to take the Falcons’ top prize after being runner-up the past two seasons.

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Ever the dogged worker, van Berlo averaged more than five tackles a game while racking up an average 21 disposals and kicking 14 goals.

The night also paid tribute to van Berlo’s former co-captain Luke Tedesco, who retired after 152 games. In his 10 seasons at the club, the backman earned life membership and became a premiership player in 2013. Mitch Peirce was named reserves fairest and best, while Joel Horgan earned the colts award.

League Award Winners

  • Breckler Medal: Jay van Berlo
  • Runner-up: Luke Meadows
  • Third: Aaron Black
  • Fourth: Rohan Kerr
  • Rising Star: Dean Munns
  • Coaches Award: Joe Morrow
  • Best Clubman: Luke Tedesco
  • Courage Award: Dean Munns
  • Leading Goal Kicker: Michael Lourey
  • Players’ Player: Jay van Berlo