Uni-Norths Owls Presentation Night | Celebrating Excellence in Club Rugby
The Uni-Norths Owls Rugby Club came together on a memorable evening in 2023 to celebrate their achievements, honour outstanding players and individuals, and reflect on another successful rugby season. The club’s Presentation Night, meticulously organised and executed, showcased the true spirit of club rugby and the camaraderie that defines the Owls. Let’s take a closer look at the highlights of this unforgettable night.
Setting the Stage
The evening began with the meticulous setup of the presentation room at The Rex Hotel. Our organisers ensured that everything was in place to create the perfect atmosphere for the event. As guests arrived, volunteers were stationed at the door to greet them and ensure a smooth check-in process.
The official proceedings started with an opening video that set the tone for the night. The entire Owls family was welcomed by club captains, Lani and Andrew, who introduced the Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the evening, Richo.
Honoring Club Captains
Supporter of the Year
The “Axelsen Family Award – Supporter of the Year” was presented to the Maddinson Family. This award celebrated individuals who consistently demonstrated unwavering support for the club from the sidelines.
Recognition for 3rd Grade
The 3rd Grade Medal Presentation honoured the premiership side, with medals presented by club president Dave Luchetti. This gesture highlighted the club’s commitment to acknowledging excellence at all levels.
The “Apprentice Trophy,” awarded to an outstanding 1st-year player who contributed both on and off the field, was presented to Marcus Burrell, Lachlan Conyers, Emily Carroll, and Lizzie Butt (Miller St Household).
Both male and female players were recognized for their exceptional contributions. Hussein Khadr received the “Best First Year Male” award, while Charlie Brigstocke received the “Best First Year Female” award.
Club Games Milestones
Awards Break and Resumption
After a short break, the proceedings resumed with a series of awards recognising outstanding performances in various categories.
Player’s Player and Best & Fairest Awards:
The awards in different grades celebrated players who received the most player’s player votes and those who accumulated the highest number of 3, 2, 1 votes, as chosen by the coaches.
PP/ B&F – Lily Delbridge
PP & B&F – Michael Bijorac
PP & B&F – Tom McGain
PP & B&F – Harvey Cordukes
PP – Andrea Sitiveni Tikomainiusadi
B&F – Declan Tancred
Women’s 1st XV
Team of the Year
The coveted “Team of the Year” was announced, with the selected players being honoured for their consistently outstanding performances throughout the season. Click here to view.
Brodburger Players of the Round
Throughout the season, exceptional players were acknowledged for their contributions in various rounds, each standing tall on this special night. Click here to view.
Owls players who represented at various levels, including the Brumbies, Wallabies, and City North Men, were recognised for their remarkable achievements.
City North Men
City South Men
ACT Rugby Awards Acknowledgment
The Owls took a moment to acknowledge Phil Doyle’s induction into the ACT Rugby Hall of Fame and celebrated several players named in the John I Dent Team of the Year.
Outstanding Coaches and Managers
The “Ron Hayes Shield for Most Outstanding Coach/Managers” recognized the invaluable contributions of the coaching and managing staff in growing the game of rugby at the Owls.
Most Improved Players
Spirit of Rugby
Shane Mass was recognized with the prestigious “Spirit of Rugby” award for exemplifying the spirit and values of the game both on and off the field.
Clubperson of the Year
The Deon Norval Clubperson of the Year award was presented to the Kay Family for their exceptional service and dedication to the club.
The Owls’ Owl
Josh Reis was honoured with “The Owls’ Owl” award, a testament to his contribution to the club as recognised by his peers.
Vikki Fischer and Laurie Fisher Medals
The evening concluded with heartfelt thanks from the MC. Guests slowly departed, reflecting on a night filled with camaraderie, celebration, and recognition. The 2023 Uni-Norths Owls Presentation Night was more than just an awards ceremony; it celebrated rugby excellence and the unwavering spirit of a club that continues to soar to greater heights.
Uni-Norths Owls would like to extend its thanks to the organising committee for the presentation night, particularly Heather Whittle, without whose efforts would not have made the evening the success that it was.