THE Aberdeen Tigers capped off its successful Group 21 season by welcoming a record five life members to the club’s ranks at the Aberdeen Sport and Recreation Club on Saturday night.
After capturing the first and reserve grade premierships in 2017, the organisation had plenty to celebrate.
And, fittingly, victorious coaches Daniel Hoogerwerf, Shane Hasselmann and Sean Millwood joined Grant Savell and Brad Fenton among the new inductees.
But, the big winners at the annual presentation were Chris Vidler, Harry Douglass, Rachel Cullen and Tim Cameron.
Tough-as-teak forward Vidler was named Aberdeen Player of the Year, as well as first grade players’ player.
“I’d like to thank everyone, especially Les [Horvath], Tina [Faulkner] and Carly [Patterson],” he said.
“Without their support, and assistance, I would not have played for the Tigers this season.
“It’s a great club to be a part of – and I’ve loved every minute.”
Douglass, the gifted fullback, took home Rookie of the Year and the Milton Family Most Likely to Succeed awards.
Newcomer Cullen impressed all to collect Tigress of the Year.
Cameron was a popular recipient for Tiger with the Biggest Heart.
2017 award winners –
Player of the Year: Chris Vidler
Tigress of the Year: Rachel Cullen
Rookie of the Year: Harry Douglass
Clubman of the Year: Neil McCrae
Club Service Award: Rod Partridge, Brad Milton, Derek Wicks
Tiger with the Biggest Heart: Tim Cameron
Milton Family Most Likely to Succeed: Harry Douglass
Deen City Most Consistent Player: Daniel Hoogerwerf and Caitlin Albury
Representative Player of the Year: Matt Thompson
Leading tryscorer: Hamish Wolfgang
Brian Wombat Walmsley Award: Mick Hankin
Blanch Family Loyalty Award: Sean Millwood
Huggins Family Most Dedicated Tiger: Samuel Fitzsimmons and Liam Fitzsimmons
First grade –
Players’ player: Chris Vidler
Best and fairest: Daniel Hoogerwerf
Most improved: Jesse McLean
Coaches award: Liam Foran and Josh Schmiedel
Best forward (Jamie Irving Memorial Trophy): Guy Thompson
Best back: Hamish and Tyler Wolfgang
Reserve grade –
Adam “Tessie” Tanner players’ player: Kyle Robertson
Beattie Tickle best and fairest: Graham McCrae
Most improved: Morgan Ward
Coaches award: Corey Gilmore
Best forward: Samuel Fitzsimmons
Best back (Lachlan Crisp Memorial Award): Grant Savell
Women’s league tag –
Most committed player (Denise Ryan Memorial Award): Demi Randell
Players’ player: Caitlin Albury and Talissa Robinson
Best and fairest: Kylie Phippen
Most improved: Sarah Harris and Karina Dylko
Coaches award: Anna Pidoux
Best defence: Skye Lawrence
Best attack: Rachel Cullen
New Life Members: Daniel Hoogerwerf, Shane Hasselmann, Sean Millwood, Grant Savell, Brad Fenton