Football Stanthorpe's men's player of the year Hunter Murphy (middle) with men's referee fair play award winner Liam Hitchener (left) and Ben Manahan.
Football Stanthorpe's men's player of the year Hunter Murphy (middle) with men's referee fair play award winner Liam Hitchener (left) and Ben Manahan. Matthew Purcell

Best of the best recognised

FOOTBALL: The Football Stanthorpe fraternity took a well-earned break over the weekend to honour clubs, player's, volunteers and a new life member.

Acting Football Stanthorpe president and patron Vic Pennisi, was inducted as a new life member to the organisation by Neil Newman.

As to the night as a whole, Pennisi said there can be few complaints.

"It was great to see more than 300 people there,” he said.

"It went probably better than I thought. We didn't market it as much and we almost got the same numbers as last year.

"There's always a risk you won't please 100 per cent of people. No one has approached me with any issues though.”

Between meal breaks, the night was jam packed with honours.

The club honours were largely shared around, while individual success was enjoyed by some repeat offenders and a few first-timers.

Sarah Day added another ladies player of the year trophy to her mantle piece while 17-year-old Hunter Murphy picked up the coveted men's player of the year award.

There was also a big announcement on the night from the Football Stanthorpe board.

Next year will see them kick in $20,000 to player registration across the clubs.

"It's probably one of the best decisions I've been a part of in my football history,” Pennisi said.

"One of the things you tend to lose sight of is how droughts effect people participating in our sport.

"There's a cost to keeping participants on the paddock.”

He said they'll try leverage some more funding support from the tiers of government, as well as Football Queensland.

This weekend sees action return to the fields, with the major and minor semi-finals on Saturday and Sunday at International Club.

WHO WON WHAT AT THE FOOTBALL STANTHORPE AWARDS:

Life Membership

Vic Pennisi

Referee Encouragement Award

Cooper Wren

Junior Referee Golden Whistle

Matthew Biddulph and Rory McDonagh

Referee of the Year

Peter Patti

Club Volunteer Awards

Ballandean: Jason Nash

Inter Club: Judy O'Reilly

Carlton: John Kliendienst

Tenterfield: Anne Newman

City: Tony Webb

United: Steve McEvoy

Referee Fair Play

Fillies: Jessica Carnell

Junior Colts: Tyler Bougoure

Senior Colts: Michael Westerhout and Eric Richards

Ladies: Sarah Day

Men's: Liam Hitchener

Most Improved

Fillies: Christine Fermor

Junior Colts: Kaylum Pollard

Senior Colts: Matthew Biddulph

Ladies: Danielle Musumeci

Men's: Christopher Schnitzerling

Best Emerging Talent

Fillies: Shay-Lee Heard

Junior Colts: Luke Webb

Senior Colts: Mika Repo

Ladies: Georgette Forbes

Men's: Nicholas Pettas

Runner-up Player of the Year

Fillies: Bridget Day

Junior Colts: Sonny Fraguas

Senior Colts: Michael Westerhout

Ladies: Georgia Williams

Men's: Lachlan Gilbert

Player of the Year

Fillies: Shania Politch

Junior Colts: Tyler Bougoure

Senior Colts: Beau Bannon

Ladies: Sarah Day

Men's: Hunter Murphy

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