The Mt Derrimut Premier League concluded last week with a dinner, presentation, and counting of votes for the Bob Heard Medal. Over 70 people were in attendance where an AFL Brownlow Medal style count was conducted. At the end of the 11 preliminary rounds Darren Szymanski from The Drain Makers polled 15.75 votes to defeat James Cook (15 votes) from Hoppers Flyers on the last vote of the night. Darren polled in 9 of the 11 games and was a deserving winner of the award.
In the teams event, Hoppers Flyers won their first Premiership defeating Three and Three 100 stableford points to 94 stableford points. The stars of the day were James Cook and Wayne Hall who contributed 36 and 35 respectively to help steer the Hoppers Flyers to victory. The Hoppers Flyers team consisted of James Cook, Wayne Hall, Kyle Whittaker, Tristan Whittaker, Brent Whittaker, and Graham Whittaker. Unfortunately for Three and Three it was the second year they have been Runners Up, but given their consistency, 2019 might be their year. The Three and Three team was made of Clint Ebeyer, Joe Ebeyer, Mathew Wenham, John Azzopardi, Allan Harris, and Peter Eckstein.
Teams in the bottom half of the ladder competed for the Knockout Championship during the Finals Series. The Knockout winners were Sunshine Sixers who defeated The Good Guys 101 stableford points to 86 stableford points. The Sunshine Sixers team was made up of George Andoniadis, Frank Hocking, Martin Hodgson, Bill Smith, Ilario Candusio, and Fanol Bekiri who were restricted to just 4 players during the Knockout Final but were just a little too good for The Good Guys who tried hard with just 3 players but come up just a bit short on the day. The Good Guys team consisted of Phil Grima, Ben Grima, Terry Last, Wally Turczyniak, Shawn Dickinson, and Chris Saltmarsh.
During the Premiership Dinner, the Mt Derrimut Team of the Year was announced. This team is selected around averages for 7 games throughout the year. This year’s Team of the Year was:
Darren Szymanski – Captain – (35.71 stableford points), James Cook (34.86), Paul Nelson (34.57), Rob Griffiths (34.43), Mathew Wenham (33.86), Chess Czyzewski (33.71), Mat Innes (33.29), Charlie Tekeu (33.14), Aki Maotsianos (33.14), and Tristan Whittaker (33.00). Congratulations to all the players who made the Team of the Year for 2018.
In other news announced during the night, The Wogboys were acknowledged for going through the Preliminary season undefeated, however they disappointed in the Finals losing both matches to go out in the Preliminary Final. The night also acknowledged Chess Czyzewski from the Wogboys with being the first Mt Derrimut / Sunshine Member to play 50 Premier League games. Chess was awarded a certificate in recognition of this feat and a small prize for him to remember the occasion.
This year the Premier League returned a Profit of close to $1000 for the Club without taking into account the many competition rounds the Premier League players played in the rain and cold, when they would have probably been tucked up in bed and keeping warm. Some of this profit was thanks to the kind support of Cambria Pallets who generously sponsored the Premier League for 2018. This sponsorship was very much appreciated and gave the organisers the opportunity to award more prizes and allow participants to attend the Bob Heard Medal night where a dinner was provided for free.
It is anticipated that the 2019 Premier League will kick off sometime around March/April 2019, so if you are interested in playing in this event next year, keep an eye on the Web Site and also on the Notice Board where all the information will be provided.