Club shindigs acknowledge top players
Karratha, Dampier and Wickham football clubs have ended their 2016 seasons by acknowledging their fairest and best and other stand-out players at club awards nights in recent weeks.
Premiers the Kats had their medal presentations on Saturday, September 10, when the Tilbrook Medal for the club’s fairest and best was awarded to midfielder James Kirkland.
Kirkland, who had racked up enough points to win midway through the count, said it was an honour to be recognised. “I’m pretty proud,” he said. “We had a pretty good squad put together ... so it’s great to win the best and fairest among that group.”
He said playing at the club during his one-year rural student placement had “pretty much made (his) year” in Karratha.
Braeden Atkins won the Couper Medal for fairest and best in reserves.
Lee Roser and Roderick Kelly won the Kevin Richards clubman award, Vaughan Smith won most consistent and Leon Silvio was the coaches’ award pick.
Chris Schilling was awarded life membership.
The Karratha Falcons named Todd McPartlan their league fairest and best at their awards night at the Tambrey Function Centre two weeks ago.
Last year’s winner, Victor Bellotti, was runner-up and received a nod for leading goal kicker.
Mick Formanczyk won most consistent, while best new player went to Khobie Dunn.
Among the club’s reserves premiership-winning team, Shaun Sullivan was named fairest and best, with Casey Gray the runner-up.
Cameron Wieland won most improved, David Ward was acknowledged for most impact and Jimmy Van Hoof was the leading goal kicker.
The Dampier Sharks held a green and gold-themed ball at the Dampier Sports Club on Saturday, September 10, when Dylan McCutcheon won the league best and fairest and Layton Cooper was runner-up.
Tim Hart was awarded the coaches’ award and the most courageous player prize went to Owen Cross.
Among the reserves, Mic Ellis was best and fairest and Jack Newman was runner-up.
Clint Franklin was awarded the coaches’ award and the best clubman award went to James Forrest and Trent Preece.
League coach Kristian Dicton was awarded life membership.
He said he had started playing with the Sharks as a teenager in 1997, and had returned after losing a bet with a friend to play for one more year. However, one year turned into about 168 games and stints coaching both the reserves and league sides.
The Wickham Wolves held their presentation night on Saturday.
In the league, the Bevan Parkes medallist for fairest and best was Tim Renton, with Tyler Lockyer and Shaun Park joint runnersup. Leading goal kicker went to Jarrod Cross, with Landon Punch in second, as well as taking home the Kim Ball Memorial Award.
Cameron Cross was named most consistent player and Lochie Smith won the players player award. In reserves, Beau Alec won the fairest and best and leading goal kicker gongs.
The Bill Miller Memorial Award for overall best clubman went to Craig Albert.
Ryan Steel, Tyson Nicholas and Tim Renton were also acknowledged for reaching milestone games with the club.
Wickham Wolves milestone game players Ryan Steel, Tim Renton and Tyson Nicholas.