North Shore is back! That was the message sent loud and clear from North Shore’s glittering Best &Fairest Ball at Doltone House last Friday night.
A bumper roll-up of 170 people took part in the evening, with dinner served and partying into the night. And there was plenty to celebrate after a successful season on and off the field for North Shore.
All of the five North Shore teams nominated this year played in finals; highlighted by an Under 19s Division One premiership. Reserves were pipped in the Grand Final, the Seniors and Thirds fell just one game short and our new Under 19s Division Two team made the finals in their first season.
Awards were presented during the night, with key defender Chris Murphy being rewarded for an outstanding season as he took out the Premier Division Best and Fairest as well as the Players’ Player award.
North Shore has a long and proud record going back to 1903, and there are many who have had long periods of distinguished service, both on and off the field. The club inducted five long-term club members into Life Membership; congratulations to Chris Murphy, Justin Murphy, Danny Roberts, Jarryd Watters and Steve Watters.
A community football club can’t exist without support, and North Shore are thankful for the support of our sponsors including Mortgage Choice, CNH Industrial, Only About Children, Prime Constructions, Dixon Advisory, Business Plaza, The Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic North Sydney, ISC, Mysportstape, Wattyl Electrical Services, Champagne Property Maintenance, F45 St Leonards and My Fit Friend in helping to make the night and the year possible.
The club was very pleased to have Stephen Lemm from Mortgage Choice and Garry Smith from Business Plaza attending the night; during which principal sponsor, Steve Lemm of Mortgage Choice, spoke of his delight in being able to support the club in 2016 and announced a significant increase in his support for 2017.
It was a great year for North Shore, but the club won’t be resting on its laurels. The Bombers are hopeful of fielding a Fourths mens team and a womens team for the first time; providing more opportunities to play the game than ever before.
Anyone who would like to play for North Shore, whatever your standard, will be welcomed with open arms.
2016 was a great year for North Shore, both on and off the field and the good news is there’s more to come. Enjoy your off-season; the 2017 season will be upon us before long and we are excited by the prospects!
Congratulations to all award winners.
Premier Division (Seniors)
Best & Fairest – Chris Murphy
Second – Selby Lee-Steere
Third – Sam Carruthers
Best First Year Player – James Loneragan
Coach’s Award – Will Bradley
Most Improved – Daniel Schacher
Best in Finals – Selby Lee-Steere
Players’ Player – Chris Murphy
Division Two (Reserve Grade)
Best & Fairest – Luke Slater
Second – Ziggy Middendorf
Third – Marlon Marquez
Coach’s Award – Ziggy Middendorf
Most Improved – Xavier Burton
Best in Finals – Marlon Marquez
Division Four (Third Grade)
Best & Fairest – Jack Jones*
Second – Nick Harris
Third – Angad Roy
Coach’s Award – Steve Hirche
Most Improved – Charles Mansfield
Best in Finals – Richie Snowden
* Jack Jones was also the winner of the Sydney AFL’s Armstrong Medal as best across the league in this division.
Under 19s Division One
Best & Fairest – Charles Sennitt
Second – Ned Campbell
Third – Sam Barkley
Coach’s Award – Max Thomas
Most Improved – Tom Criniti
Best in Finals – Callum Hurst
Under 19s Division Two
Best & Fairest- Harrison Parker
Second – Patrick Bezzi
Third – Jonathan Hookey
Coach’s Award – Jack Stokes
Most Improved – Jonathan Hookey
Best in Finals – Laurence Smith
Volunteer of the Year – Peter McCutcheon
Lionel Beale Perpetual Award – Matthew Buskariol
Playing Clubman – Jarryd Watters
Best Club Person – Ryan Meldrum