Ju­nior Aussie Rules play­ers clean up at pre­sen­ta­tions

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JU­NIOR AUSSIE RULES

FORTY-four ju­nior Sea Ea­gle play­ers and their fam­i­lies and coaches trav­elled to Har­rup Park in Mackay on Mon­day to see a num­ber of Whit­sun­day coaches and play­ers clean up at the Mackay Ju­nior AFL League pre­sen­ta­tions.

Un­der 13 coach Steve McGre­gor won the cov­eted coach of the year award for his job de­vel­op­ing the young play­ers com­ing out of Aus­kick and watch­ing them go from strength to strength as they move through the ju­nior teams. McGre­gor was coach- ing Aus­kick for 2 years, and from 2010, has been coach­ing the un­der 13s, mak­ing the fi­nals each year but not tak­ing out the premier­ship yet.

High school stu­dent Brodie Jack­son won the un­der 13s best and fairest player. Brodie had a very good sea­son play­ing a key role in the team and has worked hard to de­velop his skills to a level that has al­lowed him to have a ma­jor im­pact on games. He polled 15 votes, win­ning by 2 points.

Un­der 15s coach Jim Bar­nett was rec­og­nized for his on­go­ing con­tri­bu­tion to ju­nior football in the Mackay and Whit­sun­days. This ac­co­lade will see the un­der 15 best and fairest award now called the Jim Bar­nett medal.

11-year-old An­gus Men­zies was third in the un­der 13 goal­kick­ing scores while Rhys Fuhrmann was third in the un­der 15 goal kick­ing.

Eli Gun­ders, Rhys Fuhrmann and Ja­cob Heally were all named in the rep­re­sen­ta­tive team of the year in the un­der 14, 16 and 17, with Eli Gun­ders win­ning the ris­ing star award for his ef­forts dur­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tive sea­son.

GREAT ACHIEVE­MENT: Un­der 13 best and fairest Brodie Jack­son with his fam­ily Dar­ren, Christy, and young brother Tate at the pre­sen­ta­tions in Mackay on Mon­day night.

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