2018 Presentation Night Results

on 16 October 2018
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Rosebud Football Club’s Campbell Hustwaite has capped off an extraordinary season by winning the prestigious Justin Leppitsch Medal as the Dandenong Southern Stingrays Best & Fairest Player.

The Stingrays Dual Captain added to his trophy cabinet on the back of a strong finish to the season where he polled 177 votes, receiving votes in every game he played to finish 75 votes ahead of second place. Red Hill Football clubs Sam Fletcher (102 Votes) was Runner Up with Pines Football Club’s Bailey Williams dynamic Ruck/Forward (91 Votes) coming in 3rd place. 

Campbell thanked the Dandenong Stingrays Football Club and his parents Karen and Mark for their support throughout his career whilst praising the work of Stingrays High Performance Manager Doug Greenough and Lead Physiotherapist Michelle Crowther. “The high performance and medical team have been great the way they have increased my fitness throughout the season, I had to work hard, and these guys made sure I did that” 

Dynamic midfielder Sam Fletcher capped off an excellent season being named the Chris Newman Runner Up Best & Fairest. “After a slow start to the season due to a few injuries, I felt my form improved during the year particularly after I was able to string a few games together. “ 

Bailey Williams named as the Adam Ramanauskas third placed best and fairest winner season started full of life after an impressive bottom age year, this year he settled more into the forward unit where his intercept making and ability to set up play were a feature of his game. Forwardline coach Joshua Bourke was full of praise “Bailey grew in each game bringing others into the game and became a really impressive team mate for the 22 others on the day, we went into every game confident that Bailey’s opponent would have little influence” 

Bailey also received the Stephen Milne leading goal kicker award with 27 goals for the year. 

Other awards handed out on the night to players were Zac Foot ( Langwarrin FC) named as the Matthew Boyd most determined player, Matthew Cottrell (Pearcedale FC) and Lachlan Stenning (Bonbeach FC) were named equal most improved players in 2018, Lachlan McDonnell (Noble Park FC) received the Craig Black Coaches Award, whilst young gun Hayden Young (Somerville FC) was named best first year player. 

The clubs Medical award named after life member and longest serving volunteer Bob Burn was given to Mitchell Riordan (Beaconsfield FC/Haileybury College) after battling a few injuries across the season. Mitchell’s attitude and commitment to follow medical advice allowed him to be selected for the 2018 Grand Final. 

Leon Carroll and Paul Rothville received 17-year service awards whilst Peter Bainbridge was named Club Person of the Year. 

Coach Craig Black was acknowledged for his contribution to the region with a framed Dandenong Southern Stingrays as he received Life Membership. Craig started as a player, Captained the club and became the first ever Premiership Coach which was topped off by being named AFL Victoria’s TAC Cup Coach of the year in 2018. 

On the night 3 other life memberships were handed out to staff who had completed 20 plus years of service to the club. Dr John Meaney has been the club Doctor all the way through since the club moved to Shepley Oval Dandenong, John Bonner (Team Manager) started way back in 1995 and joined the club through the relationship with retiring Coach Craig Black and has played many roles including game day runner over many years. 

The final life membership went to stalwart Football Operations/Running Coach and all round nice guy Ian Octo Owens who said it was a perfect season and couldn’t think of another group of players who were more committed and had the chemistry on and off the field. 

Along with Craig Black who is joining the Collingwood FC as a development coach another assistant coach Josh Bourke is also leaving to take the rains as the Senior Coach for the Sandringham Dragons FC. 

Josh addressed the full room at Dingley International Conference venue saying, “A huge thanks to the Dandenong Southern Stingrays for their support throughout my coaching journey. The club has never been anything other than completely accommodating of my aspirations and always provided such great learning and mentoring. I am humbled to have been part of such a terrific club and will forever value the relationships that have been formed with some amazing players, staff, parents and especially coaches. The Stingrays have been terrific to me and I am hugely thankful to the whole club for all they have given me.” 

The Stingrays will advertise in the coming days for application for the 2019 Senior Coach with senior assistant coach Nick Cox having 5 seasons with the Stingrays as a coach would be looking likely to be the front runner. 

The Dandenong Stingrays 2019 Pre-Season campaign will commence on Sunday 28th of October with an induction day, before hitting the track in the second week of November. 

Final Voting Best and Fairest 2018 

177 Campbell Hustwaite -Rosebud FC

105 Sam Fletcher- Red Hill FC

91 Bailey Williams- Pines FC

60 Zac Foot- Langwarrin FC

52 Finlay Bayne- Mt Eliza FC/ Peninsula School

48 Toby Bedford- Rosebud FC / Melbourne Grammar

47 Matthew Cottrell-Pearcedale FC

46 Lachlan McDonnell- Noble Park FC 

44 Ned Cahill- Mt Eliza FC 

44 Hayden Young- Somerville FC 

38 Jake Frawley- Pearcedale FC 

38 William Hamill- Dromana FC 

37 Matthew Gahan- Red Hill FC 

36 Lachlan Young- Mt Eliza FC 

31 Corey Ellison- Cranbourne FC 

30 Dan Frampton- Red Hill/ Peninsula School 

29 Bailey Schmidt- Seaford FC 

25 Jai Taylor - Red Hill FC 

24 Sam Sturt- Mt Eliza FC/ Peninsula School 

23 Riley Bowman- Crib Point FC 

22 Reid Nanscawen- Rosebud FC 

18 Angus Paterson- Mornington FC 

17 Jai Nanscawen- Rosebud FC 

17 Jamie Plumridge- Beaconsfield FC 

14 Mitch Riordan- Beaconsfield FC/ Haileybury College 

10 Stephen Cumming- Rosebud FC 

8 Jake Carosella- Cranbourne FC 

5 Lachlan Stenning- Bonbeach FC 

2 Jarryd Barker- Cranbourne FC 

2 Josh Johnson- Red Hill FC