Volunteer recognised at Kleemann Medal

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

The tireless work of dedicated volunteer Kathleen Mier led to the football administrator being awarded the Great Southern Football League volunteer of the year award last Thursday night.

Mier’s years of involvement with the Royals club, as well as co-ordinating the GSFL’s country football championships team and most recently, joining the GSFL’s executive team led to her receiving the prestigious award at the Henry Kleemann Medal count.

The honour was one of several awards presented at the GSFL’s night of nights, held at Centennial Stadium for the first time.

Before the Kleemann Medal was presented to Railways’ Zane Marwick, Mt Barker veteran Ryan Ballard was crowned the winner of the Charlie Punch Medal as the fairest and best player in the reserves competition.

GSFL 2017 Charlie Punch medallist Ryan Ballard and Claremont vice president Darrell Panizza.
Camera IconGSFL 2017 Charlie Punch medallist Ryan Ballard and Claremont vice president Darrell Panizza. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The Bulls veteran finished on 12 votes to edge out fellow veterans, North Albany’s Andrew McWhirter (10), Albany’s Jono Woods (10), Royals duo Brayden Parker and Hayden Johnson, and Railways’ Jordyn Pietrala (8).

Railways spearhead Adam Warren was presented with the Claremont Football Club leading goal kicker award in the reserves competition after booting 35 goals, while Mt Barker’s Kym Monteath was announced as the Sean Plaisted medallist as the leading goal-kicker in the league.

2017 GSFL carnival fairest and best Matt Orzel with coach Michael Cramer.
Camera Icon2017 GSFL carnival fairest and best Matt Orzel with coach Michael Cramer. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Despite a winless Landmark Country Football Championships for GSFL, midfielder Matt Orzel was awarded fairest and best as well as being named an all-star and representing WA State Country.

For the second straight year, Ryan Tindale was recognised with the umpire of the year trophy.

2017 GSFL umpire of the year Ryan Tindale.
Camera Icon2017 GSFL umpire of the year Ryan Tindale. Credit: Albany Advertiser

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