Stellar season for Hoppers

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

In a stellar season for the Rennie Football Netball Club all 11 grades made finals with the fourths football and under 15s netball to contest this weekend’s grand finals. 

At the PDFNL vote count on Monday night the Hoppers had even more success with the football club taking out the club championship football award, Paula Mifka winning the B Grade Best and Fairest, Brylee McCarty taking out the Rising star award and Chase Strawhorn and Ben Zanker being the leading goalkickers for the seniors and reserves.

“The club championship football award is based on on-field performances throughout the season, but it is a reward for the whole club,” Rennie Football Club Treasurer Kevin Hanson said. 

“Rennie Football Netball Club is an amalgam of many parts which work together, football won’t survive without netball, without our magnificent volunteers, our sponsors.

“Yes our senior football and A Grade netball are the showpieces but go out and watch the joy in the under 11s and then see their dads play later.

“It says thanks to the people serving in the kitchen or pulling a beer and to be part of a whole club. This is for everyone at Rennie.” 

In best and fairest glory, Paula Mifka took out the B Grade best and fairest after polling 27 votes, a clear winner by six votes over Katunga’s Katie Morris. 

Also, in the netball Brylee McCarty took out the rising star award after starring in the A Grade all season.

Goal kicking accuracy was the flavour at Rennie this year with Chase Strawhorn going back to back as the league’s leading goal kicker in the seniors booting 61 goals, two goals ahead of Katamatite’s Brodie McDonald.

Ben Zanker also had a fantastic year kicking 69 goals for the season, 19 goals ahead of his nearest rival, Waaia’s Brayden Carey, to take out the reserves goal kicking.