BATHURST Giants recognised the efforts of the players who helped make this year their best so far in AFL Central West during Friday night’s presentation evening.
Their were brilliant efforts across the park from the Giants in 2018 to help them secure a runner-up finish in the women’s competition and a preliminary final appearance for the senior men’s squad.
Giants men’s coach Mark Kennedy said the night was a great celebration for a special year of footy.
“That was the main point we wanted to get through to everyone there, that we won one premiership and every single team we put into the competition made finals. Three of them made grand finals.
“Our first grade team only missed out in the preliminary final by two points.”
Katie Kennedy claimed the top prize, the Giant of the Year, after leading the women’s team to a grand final in their debut season.
Kennedy was also named the women’s best and the fairest, after steering the defence in style, while Nic Broes won the men’s award. Throughout the season Broes was constant threat when bringing the ball forward.
Danita Lane and Tamara Thompson shared the leading goal kicker prize while the men’s award went to Aiden Macauley.
Olivia Flood and Mitch Taylor were named best backs, coaches awards went to Brooke Alexander and Brendan Pallier while the player’s player prizes were won by Monique Lewis and Bailey Brien.
Chelsea Gibbs and Simon Kay stepped up when the pressure was on and that’s what earned them player of the finals recognition.
“We had 160-plus players and officials registered with the club … and I believe next year will bring bigger and better things for us,” Mark Kennedy said.
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“They were all very deserved winners and it was great to see Nic get an award he deserved for a solid year.
“For our women’s team, in their inaugural year, to knock off the reigning premiers and play in the grand final was a big effort.”
The club also celebrated milestone matches this season for Damien Cuff (100 senior games), James Kennedy (100) and Paul Jenkins (200).
Minna Annand and Riley Mitchell were the runners-up in the best and fairest race.