WFC win big at Mackay foot­ball’s night of nights

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FOOT­BALL

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.

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