Barker and Loxley swoop the FUSC Awards

The 2017 Forrestfield United Awards night was a huge success, with over 300 people attending at the Crown Casino ballroom last Saturday evening. (Photo Barker is presented his award by assistant coach Terry Brown)

With guests from Football West, the media and our very supportive sponsors, all had a great time and everyone who attended said it was a great success, and a great end to a successful season for the club.

The winner of the major award on the night – The FUSC – Players Player of the Year – was won by Scott Barker, who also won the runners-up in the Fairest and Best.

The talented defender was a stand out this season and he said winning the award capped off a great season for him. “Everyone deserves this award, because it’s been a team effort this season, and everyone has done their bit to get us to where we are, but I’m delighted to win it,” he said.

“Rod has worked really hard on our game and we’ve been taught to play football the Forrestfield style and it’s worked, with promotion to the NPL, and the way we play we know we can match it with anyone.”

Winger Rhys Loxley took out the Fairest and Best player and also won the Club Captain award, and he said it had been a great season. “We were there or thereabouts all season, and it came down to us and the Phoenix to gain promotion, and we were fortunate to get second spot,” he explained.

“That put us in the play-off against Mandurah and games like these are a lottery, and it came down to who wanted it more over the two legs and we came out on top, to cap a great season for us.”

Forrestfield President Andy Osborne said the season had been one of great pride to him and his committee and he’s looking ahead to the NPL. “We’ve got a lot to celebrate this year, both on and off the field, so it’s nice to get together as a family tonight,” he said.

“The amount of passion and dedication in this room tonight is fantastic, and this club is built on solid foundations and family spirit. We have built on that this season, and it will hold us in good stead for the NPL next season.”

Head Coach Rod Banjac said he was proud of his players and their elevation to the NPL, gives the clubs juniors a chance at the top level of football. “We faced some challenge times this season, but the boys delivered and I couldn’t more proud of them,” he said.

“Our promotion now means our juniors don’t have to leave to play in the NPL, it’s a real game changer, and that is something we’ve been working hard to achieve.”

The evening also celebrated other senior teams’ successes. The Women’s team and Masters Central team also finished runners-up in their division.

In other awards on the night:

Nita Sadler Award – Ben Parry

BP Quiet Achiever Award – Matt Chester

Dick Lawson Award – Tosh Spencer

Club Person of the Year – Jesse Smith

Presidents Award – Joint winners – Tara Thill and Rod Banjac

Masters SD2

Players Player of the Year – Andy Hughes

Best and Fairest – Jack Rowland

Runners-up – David Abeleira

Amateurs D3 First team

Players Player of the Year – Liam Foy

Best and Fairest – Jordan Alexander / Mitchell Sapsworth

Runners-Up – Liam Foy / Scott Hawkins

Amateurs D3 Reserves

Players Player of the Year – Andrew Mirabito

Best and Fairest – David Norella

Runners-up – Mitch Lewis / Rory Ruane

Amateur D2 First Team

Players Player of the Year – Luke Wood

Best and Fairest – Stephen Basic

Runners-Up – Luke Wood

Amateur D2 Reserves

Players Player of the Year – Alex Crags

Best and Fairest – Alex Crags

Runners-Up – Kieran Arnot

Womens

Players Player of the Year – Katherine Mannas

Best and Fairest – Sandy Dyer

Runners-Up – Tegan Hopkins

Masters Central

Players Player of the Year – Matty Alcock

Best and Fairest – Matty Alcock

Runners-Up – Grant Learmont

State League Under 18’s

Players Player of the Year – Sami Atta

Best and Fairest – Rory Wellahan

Runners-Up – Benji Cespedes

State League Development Squad

Players Player of the Year – Ger Kier Moo

Best and Fairest – Joshua Barnes

Runners-Up – Sedad Yagli