Rovers celebrate challenging year
■ 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.”
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.