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Post by blood bath on Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:46 pm

It is with great pride that the West Adelaide Football Club announce the retirement of its captain, Christ Schmidt, at the end of the 2017 season. Schmidt has played 131 games for Westies and amassed 21 goals during his time with the Bloods. He was also awarded the club’s Best and Fairest trophy in 2013 and 2016.

Schmidt’s greatest achievements include leading the Westies to a 30-point premiership victory over Woodville- West Torrens in 2015. Schmidt’s history making performance included 44 disposals, a feat not achieved by any other player during the 2015 season. The midfielder later revealing he had suffered a broken rib during the game. This brave effort earned him the Jack Oatey Medal for the most outstanding player in the Grand Final.

Schmidt joins the list of premiership winning captains, featuring: Bernie Leahy (1908, 1909), Jos Dailey (1911, 1912), Bruce McGregor (1927), Johnny Taylor (1947), Neil Kerley (1961) and Ian Borchard (1983).

Schmidt’s footy career also included time at the Brisbane Lions (2006) and the Adelaide Crows (2009), before retuning back to Westies in 2012. Chris leaves the Bloods to begin the next chapter in his life and the club wish him the same success off-field as he enjoyed on-field.

Best of Luck, Chris!

Daniel Caire will hang up the boots from West Adelaide at the end of season 2017. The player life member and vice-captain has played 217 games and has been an integral part of shaping the culture of the club for many years.

Daniel leaves a legacy at the club after being the first player to reach 200 games since Greg Mellor. Daniel was finally rewarded for his years of hard work with a premiership in 2015 which he played a major role in.
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Post by Wolfman Jack on Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:01 pm

Congratulations to both players on outstanding careers.
Will we ever see another player reach 200 games for Westies?
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Post by Thiele on Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:58 pm

Well Done DC and Schmidty both legends of the club. Pleasure to getting know you both. Thanks for the Premiership All the best

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Post by Lachlan on Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:58 pm

Congratulations to both Chris  and Daniel they have had stellar careers at the West Adelaide Football Club.
They are both retiring whilst still playing excellent SANFL Football.


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Post by Second Team on Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:37 pm

Can't wait till Aldo see's the mistake in this release. Quick fix it fast. Shocked Shocked Shocked

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Post by Lee Harradine on Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:46 pm

Chris and Daniel have been a credit to our club and to themselves over such a long period.

The West Adelaide Football Club thanks them for everything they've given to the club. They were West Adelaide juniors and so much of their lives has been spent as part of the West Adelaide family.

Thanks Chris and Daniel and let's see the season out with a win.
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Post by aldo russian on Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:48 pm

Second Team wrote:Can't wait till Aldo see's the mistake in this release. Quick fix it fast. Shocked Shocked Shocked

" See's " the mistake? I wish there were only one.
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Post by Lee Harradine on Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:56 pm

Second Team wrote:Can't wait till Aldo see's the mistake in this release. Quick fix it fast. Shocked Shocked Shocked

It was well done to have it up so quickly, but Aldo's point about the mistakes is correct.

It needs to improve and will improve.

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Post by aldo russian on Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:48 pm

For anyone who hasn't seen it, I can strongly recommend having a look at Daniel Caire's short retirement speech to the players on the club's facebook page. It's great to hear a modern-day player talk about the club with the sort of passion that long-time supporters have.
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Post by brodlach on Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:00 pm

It was excellent Aldo, he is a top class bloke.

I would love him at my local club next year, would be great to have a few beers with
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Post by Lee Harradine on Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:09 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe86yfJozMU

Chris Schmidt also.

Mark Mickan spoke about both players, the full Board attended and I was privileged to thank Chris and Daniel on behalf of eveyone at the club, members and supporters.
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Post by Lachlan on Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:45 pm

Two Fantastic speeches by two great players of the West Adelaide Football Club.
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