The South Metro Junior Football Club has hosted its first in person League Presentation Night since 2019 at the Kingston Town Hall on Wednesday evening.
After a successful return to full season of SMJFL football, it was fantastic to celebrate those who excelled this season, in a room full of their peers and distinguished guests from the SMJFL community.
“All year we’ve loved the happy faces and community spirit on display at training and matches,” said SMJFL Chair Richard Bowen.
“Tonight, in celebrating the victorious teams and outstanding individual performances, we again gather as a community, and we’re thrilled to be able to do this in person!”
The league had over 450 award recipients, including best and fairest place getters, interleague series awards, league club awards and 10-year player awards.
“Events like these are really exciting for sporting organisations,” said SMJFL CEO Matthew Brown.
“Whilst we are celebrating the achievements of our award winners for this evening, we are also celebrating their contributions to making our league one of the best junior sporting leagues in the country.”
“The effort, time and dedication they make, whether its on-field or coaching or running our Member Clubs, deserves the celebration. “
The Monash Leader of the Year was also awarded to Hampton Rovers Sachi Norton for her incredible fundraising effort for the Peter Mac Cancer Centre.
Sachi raised $12,000 as part of the Peter Mac Unite to Fight Cancer 200km bike ride in the wake of losing her father to bowel cancer.
“Sachi stood up for what she believed and continued to be a leader in her football team by showing everyone on her team what great levels of positivity can achieve even in the most challenging times in life,” said Monash University Audience Marketing Manager Eliana Ulusan, who presented the Monash Leader of the Year award to Sachi.
“The values Sachi demonstrated exemplify what it means to be a Monash Leader.”
With over 800 individual attendees on the night, it was a great way to cap off an outstanding 2022 season of SMJFL football.
The league would also like to give a special thanks to Garry Bradshaw from Garry Bradshaw Photography, for capturing the night. Click the link below to view Garry’s photos, along with the top 10-Place Getters for each Best and Fairest count and the presentations from both session one and two.