Nice guys finish first in tight race
GREAT things come to good people and that’s exactly the case with Souths’ Deyonte Fraser and Brothers’ Rebecca Fatnowna.
The pair were awarded respective men’s and women’s player of the year honours last night at the Cairns Hockey Association presentation in a close race reflective of the competitiveness of the 2017 Agrade season.
Cairns Hockey regional coaching and competitions director Dave McNeil said the prestigious peer-voted award recognised their talent and personality. He said the man they called “DJ”, who was just two points ahead of his nearest rival, had shown just how good he could be on the ball this season.
“He’s a very fast hockey player and his ability to control the tempo of a game, I would suggest, has probably caught the attention of not only the opposition teams but his own team as well,” McNeil said.
“At the end of the day, he’s a nice guy as well and I think that helps.”
He said women’s player of the year Fatnowna, who re- turned to Cairns this season, had been an asset to the Brothers defence.
“She’s an extremely tenacious, really determined defender, hard on the ball, good distribution skills and once again just an absolutely lovely person,” McNeil said.
Fatnowna won the title by a single vote.
Vicky Sparkes was awarded volunteer of the year, Lisa Grogan manager of the year, Souths women’s Garry Tippet coach of the year and Brendan Hoff was recognised as senior umpire of the year.
HONOURED: Deyonte Fraser.