Nathan Stephens (centre) won the inaugural Heat TSR Medal for the player of the year. He is flanked by Nedd Edgar who won most improved and best and fairest Daniel Naismith.
Nathan Stephens (centre) won the inaugural Heat TSR Medal for the player of the year. He is flanked by Nedd Edgar who won most improved and best and fairest Daniel Naismith. Craig Warhurst

Stephens wins TSR Medal

YOUNG Queensland hockey star Nathan Stephens blitzed the field on Saturday night to win the first ever Cooloola Heat TSR Medal.

Stephens was presented the award by sponsors Tony and Judy Stephens, who are his parents.

The TSR Medal was the brain child of Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick who decided the hockey side needed a gala night to reward the players for the season.

Each week during the year players and coaching staff voted on who they thought the best players were.

The votes were kept secret until Saturday night.

Stepehens, 17, scored 38 points over the season to blitz his team mates.

15-year-old Drew Wenzel came in second place, also scoring well.

Stephens hit the front from the first round of voting and never looked back.

He said winning his parents’ medal was a great feeling.

“To be voted the best player by your team mates is very special,” Stephens said.

“It was a great night, we all had a lot of fun,” he said.

Joining Stephens in the winners circle was Nedd Edgar who won most improved and Daniel Naismith who won best and fairest.

Codey Warhurst won best and fairest for the under-18 Gympie side that also had their presentations on the evening.

Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick said the night was a success.

“The food and entertainment were good and everyone had a great time,” Fitzpatrick said.

He said Stephens deserved the win after playing solid hockey all year for the Heat.

“Next year with a new field, things are only looking up for Gympie Hockey and the Heat,” he said.

Gympie Times


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