By Casey O'Connor
After a positive season, the Warwick Redbacks AFL Club held their 2021 awards night Saturday night.
Captain Steve Grogan won the Steve Gray Best and Fairest Medal.
Tyhe Clarkson was named runner up.
Grogan was also named the Redback’s Most consistent player.
Jayden Grogan the Players player award.
Andrew Bardsley received the award for Best Backman while Michael Donahoe is the 2021 Rookie of the year.
The gong for the most kicks for the season ended up a pretty tight race.
There were just three goals separating no less than nine players.
Honours went to Ryan Pitt who kicked 10 goals for the season.
Carmelo Citrigno and Lachlan Phyland shared the award for the 2021 Most Improved Player.
It has been quite a journey for two players who reached their 50-game milestone.
Jake Peasnell has been one of the most committed players this season but 50 has been a long time coming.
Josh Read reached the 50-game mark after playing his junior footy for the club and moving away for a couple of seasons.
Nicholas (Donga) Donges reached a milestone having played 250 games for the Redbacks.
He finishes the season just two games shy of the club record which must be very much in his sights.
The Coaches award was won by Charlii Collins. Jeff Mills won the President’s Award.
Sporting clubs in this day and age would find it impossible to operate if it were not for a hard working band of volunteers.
It is therefore fitting that one of the most important awards of the evening was the Club Volunteer of the year.
The Award was presented to Leana Clarkson.
Like many volunteers Leanna wears a few hats in the Club.
First and foremost, Leanna is the club’s first aid person a role she took on this season.
She also washes and repairs the club jerseys most weeks and cleans the club house after functions and events.
Leanna did not miss one home or away game this season and carefully planned her work roster and family time around the Redbacks Football Club and Saturday games.