Although 2018 didn’t deliver a premiership, there was much to celebrate at North Shore as the Bombers met for the Best and Fairest Ball at the Kirribilli Club.
More people have worn the black and red guernsey in 2018 than ever before, as the Bombers fielded nine teams. Five of those teams took part in finals, with Under 19s Division One playing in the Grand Final and Seniors, Reserves and Thirds making it to the Preliminary Final in their respective grades.
It has been a year of challenges, without a regular home ground. Work on our home ground at Gore Hill is progressing, and we’ll be back on there in plenty of time for next season.
North Shore has had its share of tragedy in recent times. In the last two years, we’ve felt the passing of two of our players, Tom Aynsley and Victoria Swan. Graeme Swan, Tori’s father, addressed the audience; and our club will continue to support the Swan and Aynsley families.
Awards were presented for all nine teams, and for club awards. The full list of winners is shown below. Our Senior Best & Fairest was taken out by Kyle Devlin, completing an exceptional season where he played a key role in propelling our senior team to the minor premiership.
There are many people to thank. Our sponsors – Mortgage Choice, Prime Constructions, Union Hotel, Dixon Advisory. And everyone who played, coached, volunteered and supported during 2018.
Bring on 2019. Back at Mortgage Choice Oval, and we’re aiming to go even better.
Seniors (Premier Division)
Best & Fairest – Kyle Devlin
Players Player – Kyle Devlin
Best First Year Player – Max Thomas
Coaches Award – Jack Campbell
Most Improved – Jimmy McKenzie
Best in Finals – Christian Loone
Reserves (Premier Reserves)
Best & Fairest – Matt Whitbread
Coaches Award – Dylan Vandenbrink
Most Improved – Angad Roy
Best in Finals – Will Taylor
Thirds (Division One)
Best & Fairest – Trent-Harley Ross
Coaches Award – Jack Stokes
Most Improved – Michael Goode
Best in Finals – Trent-Harley Ross
Fourths (Division Two)
Best & Fairest – Tom Welch
Coaches Award – Angus Crafter
Most Improved – Oscar James
Fifths (Division Three)
Best & Fairest – Tom Ford
Coaches Award – Nick Flood
Most Improved – Reuben Tunks
Under 19s Division One
Best & Fairest – Doug Bolger
Coaches Award – Jacob Cristafulli
Most Improved – Nick Hill
Best in Finals – Rory Barkley
Under 19s Division Two:
Best & Fairest – Joe Potter
Coaches Award – Ehsen Shaikh
Most Improved – Luke Weber
Womens Firsts (Division One)
Best & Fairest – Nicky Steel
Coaches Award – Jemma Thorp
Most Improved – Stephanie Lewington
Womens Seconds (Division Two)
Best & Fairest – Stephanie Oesterheld
Coaches Award – Samantha Stack
Most Improved – Ruby Shevlin
Lionel Beale Perpetual Award – Harry McCutcheon
Playing Club Person – Charly Iron & Sam Jackson
Volunteer of the Year – Michele Roseby
Best Club Person – Peter McCutcheon