REVEALED: Gympie’s 50 best and fairest male athletes of 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic threw sporting schedules all over Australia into chaos earlier this year, and the Gympie region was no exception.
Some teams faced heavy delays before they were able to return to the field, while others saw their entire seasons wiped out as officiators struggled under the weight of mounting pandemic-related difficulties.
As a mark of congratulations to those who did endeavour to honour their sporting commitments despite the unprecedented pressures Season 2020 brought, The Gympie Times has compiled a list of the region’s best and fairest players for their respective teams.
Here’s a look at the 50 best and fairest male athletes of this year:
Gympie United Premier Men – Jayden Davey (striker)
The dynamic striker was a matchwinner for the Gladiators in 2020, scoring an incredible 14 goals from 16 appearances that included five doubles.
His best stretch came between September 26 and October 17, when he bagged eight goals in five games on a run that included three braces.
Davey’s season tally was good enough for equal forth in the competition and fell just one short of his career best mark of 15 in 2018, though he appeared in two more matches that year.
Cooloola Heat player/coach Dominic Stephens was immensely proud of his squad’s efforts once the Sunshine Coast hockey competition resumed.
The Heat fell agonisingly short of a grand final berth, going down to Caloundra 3-0 in a battle for a spot in the decider.
Stephens touted Harrison Parker and Ben Hyde as two of the Heat’s most consistent performers throughout 2020, and said an impressive young brigade were a sign of strong seasons ahead.
“Everyone really stepped up to the mark, we had some young guys like Connor Innes really step up, and then some other young guys having some breakout seasons,” Stephens said.
Gympie Amateur Basketball Association
Primary School Competition
Grand Final Winning Team: Celtics
Grand Final MVP: Seth Cotter Season Best Defensive Player: Benjamin Dibsdale-Godwin
Season Sportsperson Award: Connor Cork
Cavaliers Most Improved: Ryan Bell
Celtics MVP: Reuben Klein Most Improved: Max Decker
Comets Most Improved: Ben Chubb
Saints MVP: Max Ketterer Most Improved: Jensen Fryer
Thunder MVP: Jacob Savage
Wildcats MVP: Jayden Eastwood Most Improved: Jake Hudson
High School Juniors Competition
Grand Final Winning Team: Thunder Grand Final MVP: Daniel Dighton Season Best Defensive Player: Daniel Dighton
Cavaliers Most Improved: Joshua Bound
Raptors MVP: Beau Mayne
Saints MVP: Tarkyn Sanders Most Improved: Bali Pamenter
Thunder MVP: Brodie Brown Most Improved: Jesse Fryer
Warriors MVP: Chris Kross Most Improved: Jordan Polley
High School Seniors Competition
Grand Final Winning Team: Raptors Grand Final MVP: Flynn McDermott Season MVP: Brandon Albrecht Season Best Defensive Player: Liam Paterson
Cavaliers MVP: Brandon Albrecht Most Improved: Ryan Nelson
Celtics MVP: Julian Brown Most Improved: Caleb Lethem
Dragons MVP: Slayter Murray Most Improved: Jeremy Jensen
Reptors MVP: Liam Paterson Most Improved: Xander Cooke
Thunder MVP: Alex Nethercott
Wildcats MVP: Isaac Emery Most Improved: Harrison Muller
Senior Men’s Competition
Grand Final Winning Team: Kings Grand Final MVP: Luke Hauser Season MVP: Brandon Albrecht Season Player’s Player Award: Luke Hauser
The Gympie Devils senior teams may have had their 2020 campaigns cancelled, but the juniors made it back onto the turf and managed to complete admirable seasons.
Congratulations to these young Devils, who won the best and fairest awards for their respective teams:
Under 12 Blue: Marshal Taylor
Under 12 Gold: Thomas Cranston
Under 13 Blue: Jesse Hunt
Under 13 Gold: Jordan Brown
Under 14 Boys: Kevin Langton
Under 15 Boys: Callum Pearce
Under 16 Boys: Bailey Cavanagh
The Gympie Hammers made leaps and bounds despite the challenges this year brought, with four squads taking part in finals action by October.
The Under 15 girls, Under 17 girls, and senior men’s and women’s sides were all contenders, with the men heading to a Preliminary final for the first time “in a very long time”.
The Hammers have not yet held their presentations for Season 2020, but the following names are all in contention for best and fairest awards:
Riley Spencer (second rower)
Owen Dugdale (fullback)
Henry Maudsley (Number 8)
Coach Brent Dickfos said:
“There was a big change in attitude from the boys this year, they were learning to win games and wanting to win games.
“We were mixing it with the better sides on the coast, beating Noosa twice in the season and one of them in a finals knockout.”
The Gympie Gold are in the thick of their 2020 season, currently sitting just outside the top four of the Sunshine Coast Cricket Association table.
The unquestionable standout for the Gold so far in 2020/21 is Lewis Waugh, who has made a mighty contribution with bat and ball.
Waugh has blasted 511 runs to this point, including a top score of 105 not out, to sit sixth in the competition’s leading run scorers.
Waugh has also picked up 20 wickets at an average of 14.70 with best figures of 3/17, sitting 13th in the league.