Be­hind the scenes work recog­nised

Albany Advertiser - - FOOTBALL - Tim Ed­munds

The tire­less work of ded­i­cated vol­un­teer Kath­leen Mier led to the foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tor be­ing awarded the Great South­ern Foot­ball League vol­un­teer of the year award last Thurs­day night.

Mier’s years of in­volve­ment with the Roy­als club, as well as co-or­di­nat­ing the GSFL’s coun­try foot­ball cham­pi­onships team and most re­cently, join­ing the GSFL’s ex­ec­u­tive team led to her re­ceiv­ing the pres­ti­gious award at the Henry Klee­mann Medal count.

The hon­our was one of sev­eral awards pre­sented at the GSFL’s night of nights, held at Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium for the first time.

Be­fore the Klee­mann Medal was pre­sented to Rail­ways’ Zane Mar­wick, Mt Barker vet­eran Ryan Bal­lard was crowned the win­ner of the Char­lie Punch Medal as the fairest and best player in the re­serves com­pe­ti­tion.

The Bulls vet­eran fin­ished on 12 votes to edge out fel­low vet­er­ans, North Al­bany’s Andrew McWhirter (10), Den­mark-Walpole’s Jono Woods (10), Roy­als duo Bray­den Parker and Hay­den John­son, and Rail­ways’ Jor­dyn Pi­etrala (8).

Rail­ways spear­head Adam War­ren was pre­sented with the Clare­mont Foot­ball Club lead­ing goal kicker award in the re­serves com­pe­ti­tion af­ter boot­ing 35 goals, while Mt Barker’s Kym Monteath was an­nounced as the Sean Plaist- ed medal­list as the lead­ing goal­kicker in the league.

De­spite a win­less Land­mark Coun­try Foot­ball Cham­pi­onships for GSFL, mid­fielder Matt Orzel was awarded fairest and best as well as be­ing named an all-star and rep­re­sent­ing WA State Coun­try.

For the sec­ond straight year, Ryan Tin­dale was recog­nised with the um­pire of the year tro­phy.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Kath­leen Mier was named 2017 GSFL vol­un­teer of the year at the medal count.

GSFL 2017 Char­lie Punch medal­list Ryan Bal­lard with Clare­mont vice pres­i­dent Dar­rell Panizza.

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