Norder named QLD co-ordinator of the year
A WHITSUNDAY Auskick co-ordinator has won the state’s highest honour following years of dedicated service to the sport.
Rick Norder will be announced Queensland AFL Auskick Co-ordinator of the Year today after he was nominated by AFL Mackay development co-ordinator Dion Obst.
As well as winning the award, Norder will also receive a trip to Melbourne, two nights accommodation at Crown, a tour of AFL House and two tickets to a finals match while also attending the awards dinner on Friday night.
Norder has close to 10 years service and has been tremendous volunteer according to Obst.
“On behalf of AFL Queensland we’d like to thank Rick for his efforts. He has been a fantastic asset for Whitsunday Auskick and AFLQ,” he said.
This is the second time in five years the Whitsunday Auskick co-ordinator has won the award – Jamie Fuhrmann was the other recipient.
Norder’s efforts were on show for all to see on Saturday morning at the Whitsunday Sportspark, as the region’s budding Auskickers hosted Hamilton Island’s crop of stars.
The two groups held a skills session before contesting an enterprising game, which acted as the curtainraiser for the senior Sea Eagles.
Other junior results from the weekend saw the Whitsunday under-13s claim a thrilling draw with North Mackay on Saturday.
Lachlan Draper booted three goals as the Sea Eagles drew 6.4.40 to 5.10.40.
Max Cornish and Mitchell Healey were also prominent on the day.
The under-15s won an equally close encounter, getting the better of the Saints 63-60.
Hudson McGregor, Rhys Fuhrmann, Mitch Healey and Zane Kennedy each kicked two goals, while Lachlan Spinner was best on ground.
The under-18s produced one of their best efforts of the year on Saturday morning, ultimately going down North Mackay 84-51.
The colts haven’t won a game in 2014, but tried their hearts out at the weekend, led ably by Rhys Furhmann, Jake Brown and Alex Rodgers.
Matthew Jenkins booted three goals while Stephen Chambers chimed in with two majors.
AUSKICK HEROES: (From back) Scott White, Casey Norder, Ben Stroble, Jacob Shortland, (middle) Seisia White, Kaj White, Adam Singleton, Rick Norder, Cooper Baker, Blake Parker, (front) Elliot Staton, Rufus King, Noah Station, Lucas Allen-Fancke and Arden Booker following an entertaining Auskick encounter at the Whitsunday Sportspark on Saturday morning. Hamilton Island joined the Whitsunday group for a clinic and a match.