Club shindigs ac­knowl­edge top play­ers

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Wick­ham Wolves/ Face­book

Wick­ham Wolves mile­stone game play­ers Ryan Steel, Tim Ren­ton and Tyson Nicholas.

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