Hoppers – the year that was
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.