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Northern Conference Volunteers Recognised at Volunteer of the Year Awards

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:30 PM

The winners of the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards were announced at the Volunteers Function in the Platinum Terrace at Optus Stadium during the WAFL Grand Final on Sunday 22nd September. All finalists for each award were invited, after the judging panel made the difficult decision to narrow the field down to just three finalists. The Northern Conference was incredibly well represented, with at least one finalist in each of the seven award categories & 10 of the 21 finalists across the state being from the north, as well as John Sobolewski from Sorrento Duncraig Junior Football Club taking out the Optus WA Footvall Volunteer of the Year earlier in the week at the Sandover Medal, the awards that were presented included:

  • Go for 2&5 Junior Coach of the Year
  • WA Football Senior Coach of the Year
  • WA NAB AFL Auskick Ambassador
  • WA Football Diversity Ambassador
  • WA Football All Abilities Ambassador
  • WA Football Primary School Ambassador
  • WA Football Secondary School Ambassador


Above: Stirling JFC's Mimma Rombola, Wembley JFC's Kathy Rogers, Djinda Falcon's Sharon Kenney, Alkimos Primary's Kristopher Fenn & Balcatta Senior High's Kirsty Johnson, were among the award winner & finalists recognised at the WAFL Grand Final Volunteer of the Year Award Function.


The overall Go for 2&5 Junior Coach of the Year Award was awarded to West Coast Junior Football Club's Jack Lewsey, who has done a fantastic job this season working with the year 8 team. His level of engagement with his players has been exemplary & he lives & breathes the key values that all coaches should seek to adopt with their players. He also is very able with regard to the strategic side of coaching & works tirelessly with his assistants to implement the team's game plan & be flexible as required. Sam Multari from the Stirling Saints Junior Football Club was also nominated for the award, for his tremendous job working with his junior side & his efforts in bringing his team together & displaying all of the key values of a good coach.


Alongside Jack & Sam in being nominated for their incredible job this season as coaches, was Wembley Amatuer Football Club's James Charlesworth, who was nominated as a finalist for the WA Football Senior Coach of the Year. James has thrown into the role at late notice & stepped to the challenge admirably. He was able to develop a culture within the team & get the players on board in his first year as coach. He has also done a great job in game planning & working with his assistants on game day as a player-coach.


The WA NAB AFL Auskick Ambassador was awarded to Mimma Rombola, from the Stirling Saints Junior Football Club. Mimma has done a tremendous job this season in helping the program at Stirling continue to grow & she wowed the judges with her 'out of the box' ideas to promote the centre & engage its participants. Mimma has taken Auskick at Stiring JFC to new levels this year & should be commended for the wonderful job she has done. Also nominated for this award, was Josh Murphy from Marist Junior Football Club, who was recognised by his club for the amazing job he does in engaging the kids at his centre & actively involving the parents to ensure the centre has a community feel.


Another Northern Conference finalist who was recognised as the overall winner was Sharon Kenney from the Djinda Falcons, who took out the WA Football Diversity Award. Sharon has done a mountain of work in the indigenous football space, working with both boys & girls to foster their love of football & get them onto the field. She has worked closely with both the Kirby Bentley & Nicky Winmar teams & is a thoroughly deserving winner. Kathy Rogers from the Wmbley Junior Football Club was also recognised as a finalist for the award, for her outstanding work in girls football in the Claremont District.


Janine Gaskill, from the Joondalup Kinross Junior Football Club, was a finalist in the WA Football All Abilities category. Janine's work with the Starkick Program at joondalup has been outstanding, providing an opportunity for kids of all abilities to participate in the game they love. She has done a large volume of work over a number of seasons.


Kristopher Fenn from Alkimos Primary School & Kirsty Johnson from Balcatta Senior High School, were finalists in the WA Football Primary & Secondary School Ambassador Awards repectively, for their incredibly hard work in continuing to promote our great game, as well as finding new & exciting ways to further engage their students & help them develop a love for footy. The job that they do forms the groundwork for all forms of junior paritcipation in football we congratulate & thank them both for their efforts.


On behalf of everyone involved in football in the Northern Conference, we congratulate these volunteers for their outstanding achievements & thank them for their contributions to football. Without the contribution of our wonderful hard working volunteers, football is simply not as strong as it is in the Northern Conference & the work of our volunteers across all fields is sincerely appreciated.