Cats cel­e­brate 2018

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES -

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.

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