WFC win big at Mackay football’s night of nights
THE Whitsunday Football Club’s impressive season continued at the weekend, with two premier men’s players recognised at the league’s presentation night.
Striker Jarrod Lee was announced Player of the Year while goal-keeper Luke Nightingale claimed Goal-keeper of the Year at the Mackay Regional Football Zone’s annual dinner on Saturday night.
Both players were unable to attend, however zone president Scott Mealy will be in attendance for the club’s presentation night this weekend to award the star duo.
Saturday night marked the third time Lee has won the Ken Lorimer Award, after claiming the prestigious title in 2011 and 2013.
Nightingale however was a shock winner by his own admission.
“I was surprised but you don’t really see what the other guys do during the year being in Airlie,” he said.
“I thought some of the other guys from other teams did well.” The 20-year-old, who has been playing since age 12, played junior football with Whitsunday before moving to Mackay.
He has since returned for the last two years with WFC, playing as a goal-keeper despite his best efforts to advance up the pitch.
“I keep telling the coach I’m a striker,” he joked.
“Goal-keeping is just something I’m good at. I think I’ll probably hang around for one more year, but I’ve said that for a while now. Airlie just keeps bringing you back.”
Nightingale was confident the team could make it thirdtime lucky in 2015, after two consecutive unsuccessful grand final appearances.
“Most of the boys will be coming back,” he said.
“But there’s a high turnover in Airlie so you never know what’s going to happen.”
WFC will formally close its season on Saturday with its presentation night at the Whitsunday PCYC.