A much-decorated Morningside stalwart, Dean Edwards was one of the standout performers in Queensland football from 1990-2003.
He played in eight QAFL grand finals for four premierships, plus two B&F awards, a Grogan Medal and a Zane Taylor Medal.
A nuggety small forward cum midfielder and occasional small forward in his latter years, he was a Brisbane-born Sherwood junior who joined the Panthers at U19 level in 1988. In his first eight years at Esplen Oval he played in eight consecutive grand finals – U19s in 1988, reserves in 1989 and the seniors six years in a row from 1990-95 for flags in 1991-93-94.
He also played in a losing senior grand final in 1998 and collected a fourth senior flag in what was his last game in the 2003 grand final.
He won the Grogan Medal in 1998 before being runner-up in 2000 and finishing third in 2001, won the Morningside B&F in 1998 and 2000 and twice was runner-up. He played five games for Queensland, captaining the State against ACT in 2003 after winning the Zane Taylor Medal as the Maroons’ best in the 1999 clash with the Victorian Metropolitan Football League.
He was Morningside captain from 1998-2001, was the club’s games record-holder at 255 long after his retirement, and was made a Panthers Life Member in 2004.