Grand Finals Day 7th September
Our annual “windiest-day-of-the-year” arrived right on schedule for Grand Finals day! Again!! And all of our major games could hardly have been any closer!
Minkey: a great turn out of players for our last day – lots of enthusiasm shown and everyone’s skills coming along nicely. Quite a few players showing that they are ready to move up to Under 11’s competition next year.
Under 11: Barracudas and Primemovers played a very close Grand Final, 1-all at full time, and no score after 10 minutes of extra time. As Primemovers finished higher on the pointscore, they were declared the winners by the barest of margins!
Under 13: A very tight tussle between Barracudas (pointscore leaders all year) and Hotshots (tail-enders for most of the year). Both teams were still attacking right to the end with some good shots on goal and some desperate saves. Final score 2-1 to the “underdogs”, Hotshots.
Under 15: Barracudas and Warriors were locked at 1-all at full time. During the last minute of extra time Barracudas scored the winning goal from a penalty stroke – a worthy finish for a Grand Final.
Junior Presentations: All new players received a plaque, and all players received a tag to stick onto their plaque, acknowledging their 2019 season, runners up and winners. Coaches’ certificates were awarded to Team Players, Most improved and Most Consistent players. Photos and a free BBQ afterwards rounded out the day.
Seniors: Warriors and Hotshots were scoreless at half time, then each team scored within minutes of each other in the second half, and remained locked at 1-all at full time. 10-minutes of Golden goal extra time did not give a result, so both teams dropped 2 players and continued (scoreless) for another 5 minutes. Lastly both teams dropped 2 more players and continued with 7-a-side, hoping to score the deciding goal. After nearly another hour of end-to-end attack and defence, there was still no score, largely due to great goalkeeping by Luke and Harry. As many (most) players (and umpires) were by now totally exhausted, the match officials stopped the game and the teams were declared joint Major Premiers.
Senior Presentation: A fairly wind-blown and weary group headed to Port Stephens Yacht Club that same evening for our annual presentation of awards. A sensational spread of home-cooked food was enjoyed by all.
Major awards presented included:
- Best and Fairest, (from points awarded by umpires throughout the season):
- Primemovers – Jasper Gippell
- Barracudas – Melinda Anderson
- Taipans – Dan McKay
- Warriors – Sam Osborne-Zorbas
- Hotshots – Nick Churchill
- Overall B&F – Nick Churchill
- 100 games: – Wayne Anderson
- 50 games:
- Alex Gibson
- Beau Carpenter
- Roxanne Gwynne-Kabayama
- Charlie Astley
- Andrew McDonald
- Kyle Baker
- Metta Henderson Award for Greatest Contribution to Junior Hockey – Ian McLeod
- Jeff Young Memorial Award for Club Person of the Year – Cathy Churchill