Last weekend, the Braves celebrated the completion of the 2017/18 IHV Summer Season at our annual Presentation Night. Whilst none of the teams reached finals, each saw considerable development throughout the season, and all players can be proud of their achievements.
Rick Dwyer Award
The Rick Dwyer Award recognises those who are dedicated to the club and its members, supporting them to improve their hockey through the Summer program. In 2017/18 this award was presented to Leigh Crossley. Leigh joined the club via the IHV Draft in 2017, promptly bringing energy and enthusiam to his team. At the completion of his playing season, Leigh offered to coach our summer players, taking the helm of the Mohicans in Division 4. With experience as a junior development coach in inline hockey, Leigh guided the team through a tough season, and helped build solid foundations which will stand the players in good stead in the future. In addition to his coaching, Leigh embodied the values of the club, and was instrumental in fundraising activities to support one of the Mohicans players after a significant injury. We thank Leigh for his continued commitment to the club and its players.
Congratulations to the following players for an outstanding season:
|Team||MVP||Highest Points||Best Defense||Coaches Award|
|Kiowa (D1)||Conor O’Brien||Mike Killip||Chris Bridgett||Jon Gourlay|
|Navajos (D2)||Cohen Smithyman||Brad Pyers||Simon Birch||Jimmy de Niese|
|Apaches (D3)||Daniel Zwagerman||Daniel Griffin||Daniel Harper||Martin De Bono|
|Cherokees (D3)||William Place||Josh Facchini||Katrina Pullin||Dylan O’Rourke|
|Mohicans (D4)||Jack Challis||Ambrose Potter||Sarah Marshall||Kenneth Suico|
|Comanches (D5)||Ryan Kaye||Edison Tooley||Mark Hill||Alan Taylor|
The club would also like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our coaching panel over the past six months. Our sincere thanks to Adam Bunting, Andy McKendrick, Ben Nicol, Daniel Fuentes, Dominic Zielinski, Dylan McKenzie, Gav Brien, Leigh Crossley, and Spike Black, and to Braves Head Coach Simon Holmes for overseeing coaches development. We would also like to thank Jess Kirwan for coordinating the season and our team managers for their assistance throughout: Ben Thompson, Debi Hansberry, James Pattison, Katrina Pullin, Nadja Egorova and Shelly Clarkson.
We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing you all again next season.