Hop­pers – the year that was

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

The Ren­nie Foot­ball Net­ball Club held their Best and Fairest vote count on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21 with Chase Strawhorn tak­ing out the Se­niors Best and Fairest as well as the Lead­ing Goal Kick­ing award while Chelsea Beavis took out the A Grade Best and Fairest.

After a tu­mul­tuous sum­mer which saw 12 mem­bers of last year’s flag side move on, the two sides of the PDFNL merg­ing into one after four clubs moved on, af­fil­i­a­tion dra­mas with AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray and strug­gling to find num­bers to field two sides, many would have thought that the Hop­pers may have just flown into the dust and stayed there.

But promis­ing per­for­mances through rounds 6-8 saw the green and white in­sect stir, and whilst June had its highs and lows, the re­turn of play­ers, plus a few new faces saw the Hop­pers be­gin to fire.

From June 23, Ren­nie won 11 out of 12 games to be­come back to back pre­miers.

The club’s 15th se­nior flag was an amal­gam of many huge ef­forts.

On field the work of Craig Ed­nie as se­nior coach, sup­ported by Rus­sell Ed­nie, Dean Car­roll and Tim Dykes was ex­em­plary.

Also credit to ju­nior coaches Daniel Boul­ton, Dy­lan Beavis and Matt Stephens.

Off field the foot­ball com­mit­tee led by An­drew Starr in his 7th year as Pres­i­dent, Cyndi Glee­son, Kevin Han­son and Craig Rhodes in se­nior po­si­tions and their en­tire com­mit­tee worked tire­lessly to keep the club fly­ing.

Spe­cial men­tion to Craig Mar­shall as this year’s Michael San­dral Best Club per­son win­ner.

But then there is all the peo­ple work­ing in the bar, Geral­dine Clifton and the cater­ing com­mit­tee whose work on Thurs­day nights and home game Satur­day’s is enor­mous, the peo­ple driv­ing the bus out on a Thurs­day night, peo­ple do­ing um­pir­ing, score­boards, team man­agers. Sher­ryn your pho­tos make the Hop­pers Face­book site the envy of many other clubs.

It takes a lot of work­ers to make a vil­lage. Train­ers, Lois, Shayne, Dar­ryl, An­drew and Ian and fam­i­lies place so much trust in you and you de­liver.

The Ren­nie spon­sors are just great busi­nesses who the club love to sup­port.

Woods Bus Lines, Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club, Yar­ra­wonga Ho­tel, Kennedy Builders, Lake Mul­wala Bak­ery, STF En­gi­neer­ing, Hicks Butch­ery, Club Mul­wala, Mur­ray Val­ley Ru­ral Ser­vices, Bi Rite Yar­ra­wonga and ev­ery­one else who helps out, thank you.

The lit­tle in­sect again flies proudly. Go­ing for­ward the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing will be held on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 26 at Ren­nie with net­ball com­menc­ing at 6 pm and foot­ball fol­low­ing on at ap­prox­i­mately 7 pm.

More helpers on the com­mit­tee are al­ways wel­comed and if you wish to find out fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Matt Stephens or Cyndi Glee­son.

With coach Craig in place for an­other sea­son, Ren­nie now look to­wards 2019.


Fol­low­ing a sea­son of mixed suc­cess on the net­ball court, the sea­son vote count was an op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance.

Paula Mifka coached the A Grade side this year, and her com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing the ju­niors was ev­i­dent. Many of the girls played more than one game each week, as well as their train­ing sched­ule, their ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion for net­ball saw con­stant im­prove­ment.

Chelsea Beavis was the Best and Fairest with Jedda Nolen the Run­ner-up, hav­ing only played eight games. Coach Mifka was im­pressed by Mya Bye’s at­ten­tion to direc­tion and abil­ity to put train­ing drills into prac­tice on game day, hence her at­tain­ment of the Coach’s Award.

Through­out the sea­son, the girls nom­i­nate a Most Valu­able player for each game. At the end of the sea­son Lexie Nolen was awarded this hon­our.

The B Grade team was coached again by Kait­lyn Ack­erly this sea­son. The team was mostly made up of new play­ers to the side and they were com­pet­i­tive and were con­tenders in the fi­nals se­ries.

Nada Nolen was named Best and Fairest with Lisa Han­dreck the Run­ner-up. Coach Ack­erly was im­pressed by new player Leah Rowe, in the mid-court she was ever re­li­able, and her com­mit­ment to her fit­ness stood her in good stead to re­ceive the Coach’s Award.

Caitlin O’Dwyer was a dom­i­nant de­fender in the fi­nals be­ing named Best in Fi­nals.

Roxi Marett coached the C Grade team, and although they didn’t play in the fi­nals, the girls cer­tainly en­joyed the com­radery of the game.

Kacey Kin­dred was named Best and Fairest with Steph Hayes and Tammy Wat­son equal Run­ners-up.

Roxi spoke of the pos­i­tiv­ity and en­thu­si­asm of Kaedi Speer, a wor­thy re­cip­i­ent of the Coach’s Award.

C Re­serve had a sea­son of mixed for­tune, but a mix­ture of in­jury and player un­avail­abil­ity saw them bow out of fi­nals after week one.

Emma Ches­sells was awarded Best and Fairest for the year with Erin Law­ford Run­ner-up.

Play­ing Coach Deanne Kelly spoke of the sup­port and com­mit­ment from Zoe Wor­land who was given the Coach’s Award. Emma Ches­sells was voted the Best in Fi­nals.

Back-to-back premier­ships for the Un­der 17s high­lighted the power and fit­ness of this team of girls.

Kate Forge coached the girls this year, and with her ex­per­tise and en­thu­si­asm, the re­ward was de­served. Brylee McCarty won the Best and Fairest with Chelsea Beavis the Run­ner-up.

Both of these girls dom­i­nated at ei­ther end of the court, and their skills were duly noted in the PDFNL vote count achiev­ing 3rd and 4th re­spec­tively.

Coach Forge was hugely im­pressed with the de­vel­op­ment and con­tri­bu­tion that Emily Coghill made this year, an­other key de­fender in the team, and she re­ceived the Coach’s Award.

Chelsea Beavis was the Best in Fi­nals, earn­ing an­other medal­lion.

Lisa Starr has been coach­ing the Un­der 15s for a num­ber of years and has con­sis­tently led her team into fi­nals. Brooke Knight earned the Best and Fairest in this team, be­ing a strong ad­di­tion to the team this year.

Chloe Forge and Brooke Big­ger were the Run­ners-up, also per­form­ing well at the PDFNL vote count. Coach Starr was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with a young lady whom she has coached in pre­vi­ous years, that is com­posed and de­ter­mined, show­ing con­tin­ued im­prove­ment in her game, giv­ing the Coach’s Award to Alainah Bye.

Brooke Knight re­ceived the best in Fi­nals medal­lion, fol­low­ing her stel­lar per­for­mances in the fi­nals se­ries.

The Un­der 13s were suc­cess­ful in their quest for the pre­mier­ship cup, and Brooke McDougall couldn’t have been prouder of the twelve girls in her team.

Abbey Coghill earned the Best and Fairest, whilst Ella Rhodes was Run­ner-up. Both of these girls also per­formed well at the PDFNL vote count.

Coach McDougall also spoke of a ‘pocket rocket’ who is unas­sum­ing in her size but never let that get in her way when fac­ing op­po­nents, a con­sis­tent con­trib­u­tor at train­ing, and a self­less team­mate, award­ing the Coach’s Award to Ge­or­gia Phillips.

Ella Rhodes re­ceived the Best in Fi­nals, which is voted on each game in the fi­nals se­ries, by in­de­pen­dent ob­servers.

In the Un­der 11s, all of the girls re­ceived a tro­phy to com­mem­o­rate the year. Coach Kait­lyn Ack­erly spoke about the im­prove­ment in the girls skills, and the way in which they grew in con­fi­dence play­ing in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions, and the great sports­man­ship they dis­played with each other and against vary­ing op­po­nents.

Ge­orgie Bruce spon­sors the Young Achiever Award. The award is in recog­ni­tion of a Ju­nior Player who is com­mit­ted to the de­vel­op­ment of their net­ball, has well de­vel­oped skills for their age, who is team ori­en­tated with ex­em­plary sports­man­ship, a nat­u­ral leader who takes on the coaches di­rec­tions, and a player who clearly stands out from not only their team, but op­po­si­tion teams and whose net­ball skills are re­garded gen­er­ally high.

This year Chelsea Beavis earned this award and the club con­grat­u­late her.

The Ren­nie Net­ball Club also ac­knowl­edges the con­tri­bu­tion of in­di­vid­u­als for the Club Per­son of the Year. This year, two peo­ple were recog­nised for this pres­ti­gious award.

Paula Mifka has worked tire­lessly as a fundraiser and so­cial or­gan­iser, in ad­di­tion to her work in her coach­ing role.

Paula reg­u­larly or­gan­ised events, sought out spon­sor­ship and en­listed the help of oth­ers, for this the Ren­nie Net­ball Club are truly thank­ful.

Lexie Nolen was also en­dorsed with the Club Per­son of the Year Award. Lexie has made a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the club over the last few years, and her ef­forts in an as­sis­tant coach­ing role, um­pir­ing, as­sist­ing at club events, work­ing in the kitchen, and gen­er­ally help­ing out does not go un­no­ticed.

She is a great role model to her peers, and oth­ers around the club.

Ren­nie con­grat­u­late all win­ners, and thank all of those who have made a con­tri­bu­tion to the Ren­nie Net­ball Club.

B Grade win­ners: Best in Fi­nals - Caitlin O’Dwyer, Best and Fairest - Nada Nolan, Run­ner Up - Lisa Han­dreck and Coaches Award - Leah Rowe.

A grade win­ners: Coaches Award - Mya Bye, Best and Fairest - Chelsea Beavis, Run­ner Up - Jeda Nolan and MVP - Lexi Nolan.

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