The 2020-21 Awards Presentation Night was held on 22 May at Rivers Edge, Melbourne. How lucky we were to sneak this in before the latest COVID lockdown took effect!
Around 140 guests, players past and present, parents, club officials and volunteers enjoyed a fabulous evening hosted by writer, journalist and media presenter Angela Pippos.
The night featured awards presentations and premiership celebrations from both 2019-20 and 2020-21, and we welcomed two new Life Members, Adam Bull and Stephen Seymour. Both of whom have subsequently announced their retirement from the True Blues.
Congratulations to Lauren Innes and Damon Egan, this year's club champions
Lauren Innes was awarded the Julie Calvert Medal after a fine season across both the women's 1st and 2nd grades. She accumulated 303 runs at 23.30 and 9 wickets at 21.30. Her tally of 483 points was just 5 ahead of second-placed Rhys McKenna on 478. Annabel Sutherland and Ellen Williams tied for third place on 420, with Ava Bennett in 5th place on 417.
Damon Egan capped off an outstanding debut year with the club taking away the DWN Jukes Medal for men's club champion. Damon finished on 715 points, well clear of second-placed Matt Wilcox on 681, who also left a healthy gap to third-placed Nick Morrey on 622 points. Nick Blaich was fourth on 593 points and Pranav Menon fifth on 565 points.
Egan and Wilcox also took away the major First Eleven team awards. Egan's 779 runs at 55.64 earned him the Dav Whatmore Trophy for best batting average while Matt Wilcox reaped reward from his fantastic year by winning the Bryce McGain Trophy for best bowling average with his 37 wickets at 12.97. Damon Egan was also awarded the Stan Stephens Memorial Trophy for First Eleven fielding.
Although she only played 7 matches due to state and national commitments, Annabel Sutherland showed her dominance in the women's program by earning both the Ando Aparo Trophy for batting average with her 195 runs at 32.50, and the Karen Brown Trophy for bowling average with 12 wickets at 15.67.
Lachie Bangs was awarded the AA Horneman Memorial Award for best playing clubman, and John Zarb the Ian Crawford Perpetual Presidents' Award for non-playing clubperson.
The inaugural winner of the new Kath Hempenstall Award for best playing clubwoman was Chloe Harrison.
The male and female Junior Encouragement awards were presented to Samara Dulvin and Charlie Giles.
Congratulations to all the winners.
Julie Calvert Medal
Women's Club Champion
483 Lauren Innes
478 Rhys McKennas
420 Annabel Sutherland
420 Ellen Williams
417 Ava Bennett
DWN Jukes Medal
Men's Club Champion
715 Damon Egan
681 Matthew Wilcox
622 Nick Morrey
593 Nicholas Blaich
565 Pranav Menon
Ando Aparo Trophy - Batting
Kath Hempenstall Award
- Best Playing Clubwoman
AA Horneman Memorial Award
- Best Playing Clubman
Ian Crawford Perpetual Presidents' Award
- Best Non-playing Clubperson