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Friday night was the “Brownlow Medal Night” of the Strathalbyn Football Club when the players and partners, Sponsors, helpers and supporters got together for the annual presentation dinner, and “Jones Medal” counts for both the Reserves and A Grade teams.

This was the night of nights where the ladies were in their finery and the men were all suited up and looking mighty good and worthy of their company.

The Clubrooms, whilst still somewhat unfinished, was venue for the evening and this did not affect the mood or the standard of the meal, prepared by Julie of Tapas Catering which was delicious. Peckings did not see on plate go back with any leftovers on it so that says something!

After the President said his bit the Player milestones were announced and a number players played their 50th, 100th and 150th senior game during the 2016 season but the two that reached the 200 game milestones, Ben Nisbett and Mark Tucker, were gracious in accepting their player Life Memberships to the Club.

Nissy announcing he will be retiring and Bush declaring he will definitely be playing on! Was that for another 100?

Club stalwart Gavin Low was also presented with a Life membership. Always around the place, doing the work that not many others wish to do and having started his life with the club a long time ago when his young son started out in mini colts, Gavin was taken aback and very moved to be honoured in such a way. A very well deserved award.

The Reserves count was soon under way and with 51 players representing the Roosters at this level this season the numbers were very close through the year. I was not until the last round when Randall Gale scored 3 lots of 3 votes that he stormed through and too the honor. Randall has had a consistent year and is well deserving of this honour.

For the first time (to Peckings knowledge) the Club thought that the Club Champion should receive a prestigious Red Jacket. The A Grade count was soon under way and again this count started out a close affair. As the numbers were read out towards the end of the season it looked like there would be a clear winner and the anticipation built. Those in the know knew this player missed a couple of games toward the end – would he have enough to hang on. Yes he did, and Sam McDonald took home his 3rd GD Jones Medal in his career with the Strathalbyn Football Club.

A livewire and a deserving player slid, comfortably, into the Red Jacket, handed to him by last season’s winner – Simon Munn. A fitting reward for his year and the service Macca has given out on the paddock for the Roosters.

Runner up in the Reserves count was Matt Miller in his first season at the Club. Matt also played a number of A Grade games and really enjoyed his year.

The A Grade runner up was Brad James who also enjoyed a fruitful year and has had a big year in the ruck.

Aaron Noske won the Paul Clark Memorial Encouragement award, this was presented by Nathan Duffield who played with Paul before his untimely passing almost 20 years ago.

Other awards for the Reserves went to Cory Watson – Best Team Man, Danny Horan – Most Consistent, Reid Mahains – Best First Year, Caleb Smith – Coaches Award and Matt Mundy – Most Improved. A Grade winners were Simon Munn – Best Team Man, Most Consistent – Mark Tucker, Michael Vaninietti – Most Valued and Austin McFarlane – Coaches Award. All in all a very deserving bunch of winners.

News

Strath Prioritises Junior Development

The Strathalbyn Football Club are pleased to announce that former junior Darcy Springhall has been named to head the clubs junior development for season 2016.

The newly created position will see Springhall work closely with all of the clubs junior teams, from Auskick to Senior Colts. In addition, Springhall will look to provide resources, accreditation and ongoing support to the club’s coaches to ensure that each and every player is given every opportunity to improve and develop.

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Family Fun Day

Sunday saw the sun shining, the Strathalbyn oval bright green and the huge number of youngsters having fun at the Strathalbyn Football Club inaugural Family Fun Day.

With the serious stuff a week off the Football Club opened its doors for a season opening event that was aimed at families and friends and the public in general. A number of people took the opportunity to join in and this included a number of new comers to the club and everybody had a great time as the weather was kind and it was a great afternoon to be in the outdoors.

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Grand Final

Well the footy season is over for another year unless of course you count the SANFL or AFL then you have another couple of weeks of finals to go to or just follow.

Peckings congratulates Mt Compass on a great year and a well-deserved and hard won Premiership last Saturday. The whole Grand Final day was well run by the Encounter Bay Football Club who also had the extra load with their A Grade team playing on the day.

The Roosters are already in planning mode for 2017 with the wheels in motion at the Club looking at who might play on, who might retire, who might leave. Then looking at recruits with the Player Payment cap and Player Points Scheme looking down on the club. It is will all those permutations that the Club needs to

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Preliminary Final

Well that is the end of that – knocked out in the Preliminary Final by the smallest of margins… The Roosters had their chances and with the siren imminent could have iced the game. But some things just don’t happen to script and like everything in this game you make your opportunities and you must then take your opportunities.

Saturday’s game was a game of inches and with the quarter break scores all within a point of two at each turn it was always delicately balanced. And those few missed opportunities like the bad decisions were all, in the scheme of things, important little percentage points in that kind of close game.

Well done to the players, well done to the support staff and well done to the supporters that headed off to not only this big game but all the other games throughout the season and to all points of the Fleurieu and enjoyed watching the Rooster boys play the game that is so dear to us all.

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