Rovers celebrate chal­leng­ing year

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ben Leahy

■ Port Hed­land Rovers play­ers and sup­port­ers swapped footy boots for danc­ing shoes on Satur­day night to celebrate the year’s achieve­ments on and off the field.

In a fit­ting re­sult, Rovers vice­cap­tain Luke Hockey claimed the club cham­pion award, named the Hockey Medal­list in hon­our of his fam­ily’s three decades of sup­port for the club.

Rovers coach Greg Mas­trangelo praised Hockey for a con­sis­tent year in which he polled a con­vinc­ing win over Kris Brown.

“Luke is ex­tremely im­por­tant for us, he of­ten pro­vides that spark that sets the tone for the rest of side to step up and fol­low,” Mas­trangelo said.

In what was a dif­fi­cult year for the club as it was bun­dled out of the first week of the fi­nals, Mas­trangelo also praised club cap­tain Bren­dan Ma­her, who took home the best club­man award.

“The lead­er­ship he showed on and off the field and the ex­tra stuff he did around the club through be­ing in­volved in the com­mit­tee was tremen­dous,” he said.

Other win­ners on the night in­cluded Michael Lake­man, who was named most con­sis­tent, Kieran Deall, named best back­man, and Matt McCrae, who claimed the re­serves best and fairest.

Rus­sell Pyke, Tim Fisher, Tris­tan My­ers and Chris Denton were also in­ducted as life mem­bers af­ter pass­ing the 100-game mark.

Mas­trangelo said the night was cel­e­brated in an up­beat fash­ion, de­spite the dif­fi­cult year.

“The sea­son felt a bit un­ful­filled be­ing knocked out in the first round of the fi­nals,” he said.

“We faced a lot of chal­lenges with work com­mit­ments and play­ers leav­ing town.”

“But we stuck to­gether as a group, fought it out to the end and now the boys are pretty keen to make amends next year.

“Tonight was a re­ally good night to ac­knowl­edge that and show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the vol­un­teers, com­mit­tee mem­bers and spon­sors who put in the work be­hind the scenes.”

Pic­tures: Ben Leahy

Port Hed­land Rovers best and fairest Luke Hockey and new life mem­ber Tim Fisher.

Rachel Lowe and Jon and Jen Scrog­gie.

Ge­orge Dac­cache with Jon Giles.

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