Awards honour clubs’ best
North Pilbara Football League clubs are still wrapping up the 2017 season with awards nights to acknowledge their stand-out players and contributors.
Wickham Wolves and Karratha Kats held their presentation nights late last month, after events by the Dampier Sharks, Karratha Falcons and Port Hedland Rovers.
As this year’s NPFL league premiers, the Wickham Wolves had plenty to celebrate at their club awards night, held at Rambla Bar on September 16.
Having won top NPFL honour the De Grey Medal in August, team captain Tim Renton capped off a dream season, also collecting his club’s best and fairest league player award on a runaway tally of 115 votes.
Ashley Grove was the runner-up on 90 votes.
Members of the Taylor family were also stand-outs on the night, with Claude Taylor acknowledged for his stellar goal kicking efforts this season with the league team’s best goal kicker prize, and his son Kendall awarded the most consistent player award.
In the reserves squad, Anto Bilic was named the team’s fairest and best with a total of 67 votes, coming in ahead of runner-up Alby Mangles on 49, while Kohen Twidle took home the most consistent player award.
Among the other awards presented on the night, long-term Wolves player Richie Helsewood, who celebrated a milestone 300 games this season, also presented a most promising club junior prize named in his honour to young gun Deon Carr.
Another club which saw NPFL success this year was the Karratha Kats, which had its presentation night on Saturday, September 23.
In the league competition, the Tilbrook Medal for fairest and best went to Ben Main, who was heads and shoulders above the competition with 61 votes.
His closest competition was runner-up Braedan Allison, who scored a 31-vote total.
As the NPFL’s 2017 reserves premiers, the vote count was tight in the Kats reserves team and ended in a joint win for the fairest and best Couper Medal.
Ashton Till and Jackson Davey shared the prize between them after recording 19 votes each.
They were closely followed by runners-up Ryan Powles and Curtis Doughty, both on 18 votes.
Another feature of the night was the club being presented with an original Clive Tilbrook guernsey as a piece of memorabilia.
The South Hedland Swans will hold their presentation night on October 14.
Wickham Wolves players at the 2017 club presentation night.
Kats league fairest and best winner Ben Main with the Clive Tilbrook original jumper presented to the club at their awards night.
Wolves league player Kendall Taylor with his award for most consistent player.