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Finley’s Warwick Douglas named Citizen of the Year
A healthy crowd turned out for the Berrigan Shire Australia Day awards last Thursday.
This year the celebrations were held at the Tocumwal Recreation Reserve, where guests enjoyed breakfast before the presentations.
The award winners were as follows:
Citizen of the Year - Warwick Douglas (Finley).
Warwick has been a member of the Finley Lions Club for 25 years, and has held all major positions at the club.
His technical training also allows him to be the Chubb Australia co-ordinator, installing and servicing Vital Call Units for the elderly and incapacitated in the Berrigan and Jerilderie shires.
He also contributes passionately as the Finley Community Representative on the Police and Community Safety Precinct Committee.
Warwick is a Life Member of the Finley Football Netball Club Committee, having held the positions of president, vice president and secretary.
He attends all games and functions, is timekeeper at most games, handles all player transfers, insurance issues and maintains the club records as club historian.
He has also been honoured with the Certificate of Merit Award from the VCFL for Service to Country Football (by the AFL).
Warwick has also been involved in the Finley Cricket Club as a player, supporter and committeeman, and has held many executive positions during this time.
He was twice awarded Cricketer of the Year and has given many hours of service helping coach junior cricketers.
Warwick is also the Liquor Licensee for the Finley Show, the Finley Football Netball Club and the Finley Cricket Club for all their sporting events and functions.
In his spare time from his involvement with all these clubs he also has full-time employment with Mogg Osborne and Co Accountants.
Junior Citizen of the Year Mitchell Pether (Finley).
Mitchell has been an active member of the Finley Amateur Drama and Musical Society and, through his consistent efforts in this group, he has been an active role model for his peers.
Mitch has also represented himself and the Youth4youth group at the YAPPA conference in Sydney.
He has also been an active member of his local community and school as a representative in a student exchange to Italy and also the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Luke Moore (Finley).
Luke represented Riverina last year in the 800m running event in Albury and the Cross Country event.
He has also represented the Riverina in basketball, where they competed in the State Championships at Broken Hill.
The budding sports star was also part of the winning Riverina Aussie Rules team at the NSW State Championships.
Luke was selected in the state team of 22 boys for the National Championships and was also chosen as state captain.
Sportsperson of the Year - Matthew Gorman (Berrigan).
Matthew continued his great football form last year from the previous year by winning back-toback Picola and District Football League Pearce medals for best and fairest in the league.
In order to comprehend what a great achievement this is, it should be noted that Matthew, at 19, is the youngest person in the league’s history to win back-to-back medals and is only the eighth player to achieve such a feat.
He also previously won the best and fairest at Berrigan.
Matthew is a strong team player and a great example to the younger players he mentors, and to his peers, encouraging them to perform better through demonstrating his determination to succeed.
He is now part of Berrigan history with his personal achievements together with being part of last year’s premiership team.
Matthew is an inspiration to the older heads at the Berrigan Football Club and has confirmed, by his first three years of senior football, that he has a bright and long future ahead of him.
Team of the Year - Berrigan Football Club Seniors.
This team has continued its excellence in the Picola and District Football League, culminating with the team winning the Picola and District North West Football League premiership last year.
This premiership has been long sought, with many near misses and not one senior title garnered in 30 years.
In 2009, in a nail-biting grand final, the Saints finished runners up.
In 2010, after a tremendously successful year on the field, they were knocked out in the preliminary final.
2011 was the year they were finally able to achieve the dream and take home the ‘big one’.
The senior Saints have a high percentage of local footballers, many of whom have played with Berrigan for the term of their sporting careers.
The club has worked tirelessly in the past five years, together with the others users of the Recreation Reserve, to make the facilities the best in the league.
To this end, the location was voted to host last year’s PDFL Grand Final – making the win so much more memorable to the community of Berrigan.
Community Organisation of the Year - Tocumwal Community Op Shop.
The Tocumwal Op Shop commenced in September 2008 and since then has distributed over $43,000 to many Tocumwal and district organisations.
They have 25 volunteers who give their time to have the shop kept open almost seven days per week.
The majority of goods donated are clothes, Manchester and other household items, together with a large range of baby clothes and assorted jewellery etc.
All items are sorted and steam cleaned before being displayed in the shop.
This is a great example of how important volunteers are in our community and achieving an excellent result for the betterment of other local organisations.