By Alby Page
We’re coming to the pointy end of our award, with the end of May just around the corner. So here’s a recap of our nominees so far:
Ellenbrook Christian Rovers Football Club:
Jodie Mullalley was one nominated early on. She is the club’s registrar, but roles are not limited to parent liaison, kit manager, social networking, coaching, administrator, development and advertising. Jodie never stops, and members can generally receive emails at all hours of the night as she continues to work for the club. She does this without expectation of payment of recognition. We should also mention that Jodie has four children who play for the club, which is a feat in its own regards.
Ellenbrook Falcons Hockey Club:
One of three nominations for the Hockey Club, Shenade Yukich was mentioned for her tireless efforts. Shenade is the team manager for the second year in a row, which includes managing team finances, uploading weekend scores and recording the best players by coordinating the votes. She runs training sessions, pre-game warm ups and pep talks prior to the game/half time breaks. Shenade runs hooked on hockey courses which is a clinic to encourage kids to come give hockey a go, as well as clinics at local schools. We should also mention that she is co-captain and actually fits in time to play as well, where she holds a solid position in defence.
Swan Valley Cricket Club:
There’s no surprise that we received a nomination for Swan Valley Cricket Club President John McGill. As president John completes numerous roles around the club, but it’s his extra effort that deserves recognition. During the 2017/18 season WASTCA made a monumental stuff up of double booking grounds for the OD2 & OD3. It was John who had to make the calls and arrange for other venues to be used for the clubs so that games could go ahead. On top of this, John filled in as acting captain of the OD2 to help out with numbers, and with a team that was struggling to find a win. Not only that, he would often pick up players for games and/or training, even though he resides in the city area. During the season you could find John helping out with developing new players skills, as well as volunteering to help with events. He MC’d the quiz night, and was a presenter for the darts and awards night. Now he has also re-registered to play football for the swan valley as the third grade struggles for numbers each week.
Ellenbrook Falcons Hockey Club:
Mark Whyte received a nomination for his efforts at the club. Described as a father figure, Mark is always helping without being asked. He marks the field each week and served on the committee as registrar and as a coach for a number of the grades. He has a lot of love for the club and always helps without hesitation.
Ellenbrook Eels Netball:
Our next nomination wears a number of different hats around the club. Sarah Mihic is a valuable part of the committee, and serves as Vice President, Coach/Mentor and as a player herself. She coaches the year 3’s, 13’s and 15’s and is training 3 days a week. On game day Sarah is generally working from 8am until 6pm. Sarah has also commenced the Elves Program, which is aimed at introducing fundamentals to 4-7 year olds who are not yet at the age of playing for the association.
But wait! There’s more! Sarah is also the umpiring coach, as well as being an umpire for the association for the past four years.
Swan Valley Cricket Club:
Denise Spackman was our very first nomination. A well-known figure around the club, Denise has had various roles over the past few decades. Recently, Denise has taken to completing the scoring for all A Grade games. This means travelling to every game, regardless of weather and sitting through the entire two days of cricket.
Ellenbrook Falcons/Ellenbrook Speedway:
The last of our Falcons nominees, but by no means any less important. Stefani Ameduri is the youngest of our nominations, however at 18 years of age, she has a very impressive resume. A head coach of the 9-10 boys hockey team for the past 3 years, she coached the team to the clubs first junior grand final. Taking her team for training two nights a week, Stefani also plays the sport and has to fit this in with her own training and games. On top of this, Stefani does a lot of work for the Ellenbrook Speedway, including designs and editing of programs, as well as assisting with videos and ads for the Association. A lot of effort put in for a person who also has to study for university.
Ellenbrook Eels Football Club/Ellenbrook Rangers Cricket Club:
It took a bit of time, but we finally got one from the Eels, and as expected, it is a great nomination. Lauren Taylor is the wife of Rangers Cricket Player and Eels Footballer, Bryan. Lauren organises the meals after training, the huge cookups for the game day, and helps out with the canteen. She assists the trainers with strapping and injuries, as well as rub downs if the boys pull up sore. She is at every training session and game, regardless of weather conditions. She knows all the players and always makes an effort to mention something good they did during the game.
Ellenbrook Rabbitohs / NRL WA:
Helen Grey has been a level 2 sports trainer for the Rabbitohs for the last 3 years. That’s not just for one game, or one grade. Helen would often be found involved on Saturday for the 3rd grade team, before jumping in and helping the Willagee Bears reserve grade team and the Kalamunda Bulldogs in first grade whenever they were short or needed help. She would then show up wherever the Bunnies are playing on Sunday for juniors, always making sure that any travelling teams had a sports trainer with them. She helps out where ever she is needed. Her tireless efforts saw her asked to jump into the role for state sides and she has toured with the WA women’s side and more recently as part of the Under 16’s girls side. She is on the NRL WA Sports trainers committee and in 2018 she has moved away from roles with the Rabbitohs to help out other clubs that aren’t blessed with the number of sports trainers our club has. This has seen her as the number 1 sports trainer for the Willagee Bears first grade side. She also helps out North Beach and Joondalup as part of her own professional development.
As you can imagine, the boys have a lot of work to do and a huge debate coming up next week! Thanks again to our wonderful sponsors of the award: The Coffee Club Ellenbrook, Paul Smith Golfing, Chequers Golf Course, Ellenbrook Central Shopping Centre, Romano’s Pizzeria, Tintworks Morley and Gloria Jeans Ellenbrook.
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