Kyle Cranley, one of the outstanding players of the current era at North Beach Football Club, took away the major prize from the Club Champion Awards last Saturday night.
The athletic big man joined the ranks of the club’s finest when he won the Brian Kiely Medal as the fairest and best player in the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade team.
Runner-up to Dan Leishman last season – and runner-up to midfielder Joey Deegan in the BJ Jamieson Medal for the fairest and best player in the Perth Football League A-Grade competition this year – Cranley finally gabbed the lion’s share of the spotlight.
He was a decisive winner, despite missing a game through injury, from Sam Lamont, who won the prestigious award in 2018. Cranley polled 75 votes with Lamont next best on 50 votes.
To emphasise the outstanding season that Cranley enjoyed, he also won the valued player-of-the-finals gong.
While capacity at club headquarters was reduced by CODID-19 restrictions, there was still a strong representation across all grades and a healthy sprinkling of revered life members, sponsors and dignitaries in the room.
Perhaps the most raucous reception of the night erupted when Novak Smith was announced as a life member. A selfless contributor to the club who has coached and played in the lower grades for many years, he also assisted by providing support to the club’s female teams in 2020.
Poignantly, he was presented with his life membership medallion by another stalwart of the lower grades – and current coach of the Integrated Rules team –his close mate Peter Panagopoulos.
The best clubman award was presented to Ben De Rosa – another popular decision. De Rosa, the club’s treasurer, works feverishly off-field, helped to set up some virtual ‘Thursday Night Live’ shows to keep members connected when the club was in lock-down and produced some elite financial forecasts that enabled the club to plan with some certainty at an unsure time around the fiscal risks of 2020.
The Lifenet A-Reserves and the Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts were also feted as the club’s 2020 premiership teams, while Toby Anscombe, forced into retirement from the Grange Residential Integrated Rules, was presented with a framed guernsey.
Below is a list of all award winners across the grades:
O’Rourke Realty A Grade
|A Grade||Brian Kiely Medal Fairest and Best||Kyle Cranley – 75 Votes|
|A Grade||Runner Up Fairest and Best||Sam Lamont – 50 Votes|
|A Grade||Player of the Finals||Kyle Cranley – 20 Votes|
|A Grade||Leading Goal Kicker||Ryan Ekert – 16 Goals|
|A Grade||Player Choice||Luke Symonds|
Lifenet A Reserves
|A Reserve||Fairest and Best||Ben Sweeny – 86 Votes|
|A Reserve||Runner Up Fairest and Best||Nic Bowe – 63 Votes|
|A Reserve||Player of the Finals||Ben Sweeny – 29 Votes|
|A Reserve||Leading Goal Kicker||Ben Johnson – 21 Goals|
|A Reserve||Rising Star||Conor Boylan|
Project Ceilings A grade Women
|A Grade Women||Fairest and Best||Emily Sainty – 54 Votes|
|A Grade Women||Runner Up Fairest and Best||Tessa Anderson – 46 Votes|
|A Grade Women||Players Player Award||Anna Laycock|
|A Grade Women||Coaches Award||Ashley Pianto|
|A Grade Women||Outstanding Leadership Award||Stephanie Ball|
Plasterwise Phil Scott Colts
|Phil Scott Colts||Fairest and Best||Lachlan Scurria – 56 votes|
|Phil Scott Colts||Runner Up Fairest and Best||Jackson Martino – 54 Votes|
|Phil Scott Colts||Leading Goal Kicker||Caiden Eaton – 22 Goals|
|Phil Scott Colts||Outstanding Leadership||Alex Thompson|
|Phil Scott Colts||Best Positional Player||Craig Bothe|
Hybrid Linings C5 Grade
|C5 Grade||Fairest and Best||Craig Hall – 52 Votes|
|C5 Grade||Runner Up Fairest and Best||Aran O’Connell – 32 Votes|
|C5 Grade||Runner Up Fairest and Best||Nicholas Marsh – 32 Votes|
|C5 Grade||Player of the Finals||Craig Hall – 14 Votes|
|C5 Grade||Leading Goal Kicker||Sam Zehnder – 15 Goals|
|C5 Grade||Most Consistent||Ryan Clapham|
Coast to Coast Imports C5 Reserve
|C5 Reserve||Fairest and Best||Jack Steel – 71 Votes|
|C5 Reserve||Runner Up Fairest and Best||Brennen Irvine – 60 Votes|
|C5 Reserve||Player of the Finals||Corey Jennis – 18 Votes|
|C5 Reserve||Player of the Finals||Ryan O’Donoghue – 18 Votes|
|C5 Reserve||Leading Goal Kicker||Nathan Adler – 35 Goals|
|C5 Reserve||Rising Star||James Sullivan|
Beyond Tools C4 Grade
|C4 Grade||Fairest and Best||Mitch Tobin – 40 Votes|
|C4 Grade||Runner Up Fairest and Best||Ben Evans – 39 Votes|
|C4 Grade||Most Determined||Levi Cooper|
|C4 Grade||Most Consistent||Xavier Williamson|
|C4 Grade||Best Utility||Owen Orr-Young|
CJ Osplumb C4 Reserve
|C4 Reserve||Fairest and Best||Jacob Willis – 66 Votes|
|C4 Reserve||Runner Up Fairest and Best||Michael Humphry – 52 Votes|
|C4 Reserve||Best Teammate||Tim Elphick|
|C4 Reserve||Most Consistent||Josh Veroni|
|C4 Reserve||Rising Star||Chris Gamble|
Peak Body Fitness C3 Women
|C3 Women||Fairest and Best||Ameila Davies – 44 Votes|
|C3 Women||Runner Up Fairest and Best||Taylah McGorlick – 33 Votes|
|C3 Women||Best Defensive Player||Chelsea Cowling|
|C3 Women||Rising Star||Kaitlin Koh|
|C3 Women||Players Player Award||Michelle Vuaillat|
Indian Ocean Hotel Brett Jones Colts
|Brett Jones Colts||Fairest and Best||Connor Pollard – 47 Votes|
|Brett Jones Colts||Runner Up Fairest and Best||Benjamin Hodge – 34 Votes|
|Brett Jones Colts||Player of the Finals||Jacob Irwin – 14 Votes|
|Brett Jones Colts||Leading Goal Kicker||George Mortimer – 15 Goals|
|Brett Jones Colts||Coaches Award||Peter Jolley|
Life membership: Novak Smith
Clubman of Year: Ben De Rosa