Junior winter sport participants overran the Gingin Recreation Centre last Friday along with their proud families. For the first time juniors in netball, football and hockey combined their awards night along with a disco for the children.
Junior football started the proceedings with a special thanks to their sponsors, followed by the individual awards presented by coach Brad Groves. Best First Year Player– Blake Hyne, Sportsmanship Award – Jacko Read, Most Courageous – Flynn Hendry and Most Consistent – Kai Anderson. Player of the Year was awarded to a very focussed Shay Bogan. Brad Groves said it was difficult at these events to select players for awards, as the whole team played well and improved throughout the season. Brad was proud to be coaching such a great group of players who went out on the field and played the best they could for their team.
The Demons played in their first East vs West conference on Sunday, defeating the Hornets by 6 points (48 to 42).
Mortlock Junior Hockey took to the floor and had a quick presentation bringing the full team to the stage where coach Caitlin Barry presented each player with
a certificate of participation. Caitlin was also very impressed with the improvement of her players this season and also said it is a difficult decision to choose from 14 players who all prove themselves on the hockey field every week. Most improved – Katelin Cram, Most consistent – Tiarna Vivian. Coaches Award for the player who demonstrated consistency and mentorship throughout the season and the players MVP was awarded to Madeline Cram. Coach Kym Morton of the Mortlock Gingin Junior Netball competition outlined how proud she was of the determination shown from her team as they have reached the finals competition in their first year. Kym also asked each of her players to step onto the stage to accept their certificates of participation before presenting the awards. Runner Up Fairest and Best – Lily Hendry, Fairest and Best – Angie Stokes, Coaches Award – Bella Gomersall.
The Juniors participating in all three Mortlock competitions have a number of younger participants who have been mentored by those older in each sport and
this has shown through in their consistency and determination on court and field. Congratulations to all the players, coaches, volunteers and sponsors who continue to support junior sport in their community.