HUSBAND and wife Matt and Jenni Downer have been named dual winners of Rupanyup Football Netball Club’s best club person award.
Club president Rodney Weidemann said the Downers did anything and everything around the club.
“They have been running the Auskick for a long time – I’m not even sure I can put a timeline on that,” he said.
“Matt coaches the under 14s and then after they play he will go around the club helping out wherever needed. He also set up the gym in the old change rooms – he resourced the equipment and painted it.
“Jenni coaches B Grade and fills in for any grades that need it anytime. She is a trainer for the under 14s, and also works in the canteen when she has some spare time.
“On training nights Jenni helps sort out the meals for our juniors.”
Weidemann said the pair was always busy at the club.
“They were a bit humbled and embarrassed when they were awarded this, and I don’t think they expected it,” he said.
“They also have three kids at the club: Blake, Riley and Phoebe.
“We are very grateful for their contribution to the club – they always put their hands up to help.”
The club enjoyed a year of gradual improvement in the Horsham District league 2017 season with the A Grade team finishing in seventh position, two wins out of the top six.
The senior football team improved tremendously toward the end of the season but could not quite move themselves up the table.
At the club presentation day, senior footballing import Hugh McMurtrie was named the Richie Dunlop Memorial medallist.
McMurtrie was a key player for the Panthers all season and made an immediate impact every time he was on the oval.
Daniel Launer received the President’s Trophy after being named the runner-up.
Mainstay Blair Burke was named the Kerri Baker Memorial medallist for the A Grade netball side.
Burke was a constant threat underneath the ring and a leader on and off the court.
Jenni Downer was named the runner-up.
Kayla Woods has been reappointed as the A Grade netball coach for the 2018 season.
Weidemann said it was positive to have Woods on board for her second year at the helm.
“She will keep the group together. There is a good vibe around the netball at the moment, and the club,” he said.
“Kayla is a very good leader and isn’t someone who takes nonsense, but she is always willing to take on advice from others.”
Richie Dunlop Memorial - Hugh McMurtrie
President's Trophy – Daniel Launer
Ken Daggatt Memorial - Daniel Schaper
Ron Lingham Memorial - Paul Trotter
Coaches Trophy - Jordan May
Most Improved - Zac Taylor
Most Improved - Ash Teasdale
Best and Fairest - Ross Tickner
Runner-up Best and Fairest - Chris Schaper
Third Best and Fairest - Tim Scott
Coaches Trophy - Corey Chenoweth
Under 17s Football
John Taylor Memorial - Jordan Weidemann
Runner-up Best and Fairest - Harris Sudholz
Third Best and Fairest - David Horvat
Coaches Trophy - Hayden Grace
Under 14s Football
Best and Fairest - Lachlan Weidemann
Runner-up Best and Fairest - Connor Weidemann
Third Best and Fairest - Blake Downer
Coaches Award - Rhyce Allen
A Grade Netball
Kerri Baker Memorial - Blair Burke
Runner-up Best and Fairest - Jenni Downer
Third Best and Fairest - Alex Downes
Coaches Trophy - Kiarah House
B Grade Netball
Best and Fairest - Ebony Baker
Runner-up Best and Fairest - Mikaela Reading
Third Best and Fairest - Tanya Sudholz
Coaches Trophy - Laura Byrnes Smith
C Grade Netball
Best and Fairest - Megan Boyd
Runner-up Best and Fairest - Tess Healy
Third Best and Fairest - Elle Adamson
Coaches Trophy - Cristy Zolj
C Reserve Netball
Best and Fairest - Sophie Connor
Runner-up Best and Fairest - Kimberley McQueen
Third Best and Fairest - Ashlee Tucker
Coaches Trophy - Emma Quinlivin
17 and Under Netball
Best and Fairest - Kiarah House
Runner-up Best and Fairest - Kali Roberts
Third Best and Fairest - Elissa Jess
Coaches Trophy - Elissa Jess
15 and Under Netball
Best and Fairest - Heather Hemley
Runner-up Best and Fairest - Laura Hyslop
Third Best and Fairest - Kirah Smith
Coaches Trophy - Lottie Loats
13 and Under Netball
Best and Fairest - Ellonia Barnett
Runner-up Best and Fairest - Adelle Weidemann
Third Best and Fairest - Grace Turner
Coaches Trophy - Kylie Angue