By Beverley Ford
THE difficult football season experienced this year by the Denmark-Walpole Magpies was put aside last Friday night to celebrate the individual and team contributions of the players in all four senior grades.
The Fairest and Best award for the Under-16 team was won by Locke Rowland, with Joshua Thompson runner-up.
Both boys had a great year, and the club has high hopes for them in the future.
The U16s were coached this year by Peter Ross.
The Colts made the finals and had a very good season, unfortunately losing in the preliminary final to Royals.
They were very well coached by Bryce Edwards.
Colts’ Fairest and Best was awarded to Ryan Baker, with Matt Dykes runner-up.
Congratulations to Ryan and Matt and the whole team on their excellent season.
Ty Spencer coached the Reserves, and in a small town it is sometimes difficult to field full teams in both League and Reserves but it was a credit to Ty that he fielded a full complement in every round this season.
Jono Woods won Fairest and Best for the season, with Lachlan Hutchinson a close second.
The Kevin Laing Award for the Fairest and Best in the League side was won by Tyler Stone, who had an exceptional year, while Alec Haskins took home the runner-up trophy.
The League side did not finish the season as well-placed as many had expected.
While some games showed just what they could do, nearly a whole season of away games due to the renovation of MacLean oval took their toll.
Nonetheless, joint coaches Ryan Gearth and Simon Barker led from the front and commanded the respect of all their players.
Other well-deserved awards went to Ty Spencer for Best Club Person, and this year’s Benno Napier Young Contributor Award went to Ethan Edwards.
Next year will be a big one for the Magpies.