As the football and netball season wraps up for another year, associations and individual clubs across the state award their sport stars individually.
Eastern Eyre Peninsula has been well represented in other football and netball associations.
In netball, former Cleve local Letitia Trezise (nee Crettenden) took out the top prize in the Whyalla Netball Association, the Whyalla News Medal.
The goal shooter, who plays for True Blue Netball Club, had just returned from a year off from netball after giving birth to daughter, Ruby.
“It was a bit of a surprise. I had a year off of netball last year because I had Ruby. I came back for a way to get out of the house on the weekends,” she said.
The Pinnaroo Football Club had a large number of Cleve ex-pats in their A grade team, with one of them taking out the Mallee Football League’s Mail Medal.
Tyson Jenner took out the Mail Medal as well as being named in the Mallee’s team of the year, while Jack Kenny, also from the area, was runner-up and was named as a zone team player.
Jenner and Kenny played alongside locals Shannon Jenner, Harry Dunn and Jed Villis in the A grade, which made it into the Mallee grand final but lost to Peake.
Kory Beard, formerly of Lock, was a part of the Sturt SANFL team that became back-to-back premiers at the weekend, beating Port Adelaide, whose line-up included former Rudall resident Tom Gray.
At Central Districts, Kyle Jenner played his 150th SANFL game this year.
Back on the Eyre Peninsula, the Port Lincoln Football League grand final saw a number of Eastern Eyre players take the field.
Wayback’s A grade premiership team included Jason Perkins from Cleve and Toby Rawson from Kimba, while the runners-up Marble Range were coached by player Reece Francis, also from Kimba.
In the AFL, Sam Gray played his 50th AFL game for Port Adelaide, in what is being called his best season yet, and got three Brownlow votes for the season’s last home and away game against the Gold Coast Suns.
The Eastern Eyre has also had some great representation in women’s football as well.
Bella Smith, of Arno Bay, was among four Eyre Peninsula girls to play for the Norwood Redlegs in the SANFL Statewide Super League competition.
Bella left the competition with a rave review from coach Bek McMahon, who said she had the ability to be one of the best utilities in women’s football.
Former Cowell resident Mikaela Harding kicked off her women’s football career with a bang, captaining her Barossa District’s under 17 team to a premiership in the first ever Barossa, Light and Gawler women’s football competition this year.