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AF­TER a stel­lar 2013 sea­son Matthew Laskey picked up his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive best and fairest award for the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles.

The club hopped on the team bus and headed to the Metropole in Proser­pine on Satur­day for the end of sea­son award night. Laskey made it two best and fairest awards from two years while Josh Grif­fiths picked up the top award for the re­serve grade.

Laskey lead the A grade count with 46 votes ahead of Cody Wright on 25, Clint Voigt on 22 and Robert Whit­ton on 20.

De­part­ing Sea Ea­gles player Robert Whit­ton capped off a great 2013 sea­son, pick­ing up the most con­sis­tent and most coura­geous awards.

Coaches, train­ers and vol­un­teers were hon­oured on the night and club stal­wart Dar­ren Cross­ley be­came the 10th ever Sea Ea­gles life mem­ber.

Young tal­ent Ash­ley Liebeck picked up the club’s in­au­gu­ral ris­ing star award af­ter a great 2013 sea­son where he made his se­nior de­but.

TOP PLAY­ERS: A grade best and fairest Matthew Laskey and most con­sis­tent and most coura­geous award win­ner Robert Whit­ton at the Sea Ea­gles pre­sen­ta­tion night at the Metropole on Satur­day night.

A GRADE AWARDS: Most im­proved player An­drew Hock­ing, best and fairest run­ner-up Cody Wright and coach's award win­ner Nicholas Roach.

AWARD WIN­NERS: Aaron Murtagh, Trevor Ritchie, An­drew Col­bourne, Rhys Gor­don and Josh Grif­fiths were the win­ners of the re­serve grade awards at the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles.

KICK­ING GOALS: Ti­mothy Plum­mer was the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles lead­ing goal kicker for 2013 with 26 goals for the sea­son.

UL­TI­MATE HON­OUR: Re­tir­ing Sea Ea­gles player and for­mer cap­tain John Ryan had his num­ber 23 play­ing jumper re­tired by the club at the club's pre­sen­ta­tion night in Proser­pine on Satur­day.

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