Cats celebrate 2018
The Rutherglen Cats started their 2018 Matt Talbot Medal best and fairest and presentation night with a packed supper room at The Memorial Hall Rutherglen starting with the juniors.
The Under 14 football count saw a runaway win by the classy Sam Edmondson with Justin Lewis runner up.
In the Under 17s football Jack Andison won the top prize while Mitch Cofield received runners up.
The 13 and under netball was won by Emma Beattie with Savanah Lewis winning the runners up and Olivia Plummer the most consistent award.
The 15 and under best and fairest winner was Rebecca Cooper, runner up was Ava Cofield and most improved was Stella Morrison.
Our 18 and under netball count saw Grace Watson-Long win the best and fairest award, Jess Oats was runner up and Abby Bainbridge was awarded the most improved.
The Junior Football and Netball presentations were completed with the awarding of the very special Jess McLennan Junior Rising Star award. This year’s recipient was Lily Buckingham – Lily received a medal with Jess’ photo on it and the beautiful Memorial Perpetual Trophy.
We then moved into the main hall for our senior count and presentations. After a welcome to all, the C Grade netball kicked things off with Mel Pinn winning the best and fairest, following on from her many votes at league level. Chelsea Smith received the runner up while the players’ player award was won by Karlin Waite.
Their presentations finished up what was a very successful year making it through to a grand final. Now for the B Grade netball, and the big crowd was standing to acknowledge one of the most popular winners ever. Maddy Stanton won the best and fairest – a fitting reward for the many years of playing netball at the club. Runner up was another popular player in Cristy Jacka and most consistent was won by Melissa Mulraney.
As the reserve football votes were revealed we could see it was going to be a close finish, Rhys Renshaw winning the best and fairest award while his apprentice in work and play Michael Cooper won the runner up title.
The A Grade netball then followed, with Emily Browne finishing up what has been a fantastic season for her at the Cats, by winning the best and fairest with Jane McInnes awarded runner up and Jamie Sandilands the most consistent title.
Now for the senior football vote count and
The presentation of the Matt Talbot Medal followed – the senior count was an absolute nail-biter with the result coming down to the very last game. In that game Jarrad Farwell came out on top hence winning him the 2018 Matt Talbot Medal, Damien Wilson received runner up – another great effort as playing coach. Damien Wilson also won the most valuable player award voted by the playing group, for that Damien received the stunning Karl Jacka Memorial Perpetual Trophy presented by Cristy Jacka on behalf of the Jacka family.
Along with all the players being awarded for their efforts it’s also nights like this that we get to acknowledge our valued volunteers for the hours of work that they do to see the club remain successful. This year Darren Trevaskis was awarded the Club Person of the Year award for his contribution to the club, not just this year but for many years Darren has been a tireless worker and supporter of the club.
The Kathryn Johnston Club at Heart award is another very special award that was presented by Mick Johnston in memory of his daughter Kathryn – another very worthy winner of this award was Leisha Thomas. Leisha is one of the club’s trainers who has made herself available for all junior and senior grades of football and netball as well as being at the club on those cold and sometimes miserable training nights. Always there for our players and always with a smile.
Another of our club awards is the Adroit Insurance ‘Getting the Job Done Award’, this year the winner of this award was Britt Renshaw. This award is the perfect name for what Britt does around the club – Britt gets the job done. Britt is a valued member of our committee and is the head of our social calendar. The club also honoured our president Greg Lumby with a life membership.
The Rutherglen Cats Football Netball Club celebrated season 2018 with a presentation night on Saturday, September 22. Pictured is Jarrad Farwell, the senior best and fairest (Matt Talbot Medal) winner.
Jarryd Hatton and Lily Buckingham – Jess McLennan Rising Star Award.
A Grade netball best and fairest winner Emily Browne.