Celebrating Junior League excellence

The annual Junior League Dinner-Dance held at Sharks Leagues Club last weekend celebrated another successful junior league season with players, volunteers and clubs recognized for their outstanding work throughout the 2017 season.

A First Grade Team and player of the Year was announced, along with individual and club awards on an evening where some of the stand out contributions by the women at local junior league clubs were rewarded.

The Women in League award went to the hard-working Michelle Isemonger from the Engadine club, Simone Oldfield was named Junior League Volunteer of the Year and Sonia Cooper the Club Volunteer of the Year.

Gymea First grade lock and captain Mitchell Wynn came out on top of the coaching 3-2-1 voting to be selected as Player of the Year, with two teammates from his minor premiership winning side named in the Team of the Year.

The team featured a mix from the leading First Grade squads, with Gymea contributing three players, De La Salle three, Kurnell two and Engadine one.

St John Bosco was awarded Club of the Year.

It was a night enjoyed by all hard working volunteers and club officials one week before junior league finals were set to get underway.

For all the award winners from the night, see below.

Club of the Year – St John Bosco

Junior Club of the Year – De La Salle

Senior Club of the Year – Gymea

Lyn Smith Woman in League Award – Michelle Isemonger

John Foster Junior League Volunteer of the Year – Simone Osfield

Phil Murray Club Volunteer of the Year – Sonia Cooper

1st Grade Player of the Year – Mitchell Wynn (Gymea)

1st Grade Team of the Year
Fullback – Wyndam Peachey (Kurnell)
Winger – Kurt Douglas (Kurnell)
Centre – Marcus Fisher (Engadine)
Five Eighth – Corey Willis (Gymea)
Half back – Zac Bouzounis (De La Salle)
Front Row – Zeke Matthews (De La Salle)
Hooker – Matt Andrews (De La Salle)
Second Row – Pat Franks (Gymea)
Lock – Mitchell Wynn (Gymea)