Nice guys fin­ish first in tight race

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

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.

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