Published on October 24, 2019 11:08 am

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18 : Worksafe AFL Victoria Country Volunteers of the Year Ron & Beryl Banbury during the AFL Victoria Community Awards on October 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFL Photos)

Top Volunteers and Coaches honored at the 2019 AFL Victoria Community Football Awards

To celebrate the contribution of the state’s best community coaches, volunteers and umpires, AFL Victoria brought together over 300 guests for the annual Community Football Awards.

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Recognising the dedication and tireless work of more than 80,000 volunteers across the state, volunteers from junior, youth, female and senior competitions were recognised for their outstanding contribution to their community.


AFL Victoria thanked all volunteers across the state’s 1,200 clubs for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.


Football is the cornerstone of many communities across the state with local clubs relying on the generosity of the 80,000 Victorian volunteers who dedicate themselves to the game.


Among the highlights of the evening, Ron and Beryl Banbury from the Catani Football Netball Club were the recipients of the Worksafe AFL Victoria Country Volunteer of the Year.


A member of the club since the age of 10, Beryl has been affectionately named the ‘mother’ of the club and has sustained the club through fund raising efforts, social functions and even hand sewing numbers onto footy jumpers.


Ron has been a notable player, coach, selector, recruiter, timekeeper, league delegate on the social committee and still serves as a club committee member at the age of 81.


Collectively, Ron and Beryl have dedication over 120 years of service to a Club that has survived off volunteerism. Their dedication to Catani has seen the club survive through its lows and soar through its highs.


Please see below all Community Football Award recipients:

David Parkin Junior Coach of the Year                                              Craig Nutall                  Prahran JFC

Stan Alves Youth Coach of the Year                                                   Sam Stevens                   South Warrnambool FNC

Peta Searle Female Coach of the Year                                              Christina Polatajko       VU Western Spurs JFC

Gerard Fitzgerald Senior Coach of the Year                                  Shane Morwood             Dingley FNC

Greg Sidebottom Memorial Umpire Coach of the Year             Dean Goodridge             Bendigo Umpires Association

Victorian NAB Auskick Volunteer of the Year                              Stephen Walsh                 Daylesford Auskick Centre

Worksafe AFL Victoria Country Volunteer of the Year             Ron & Beryl Banbury      Catani FNC

AFL Victoria State Metro Volunteer of the Year                           Rex Ashenden                  Endeavor Hills FNC

Merit Award for Victoria Metro                                                          Nancy McTaggart            VAFA

Merit Award for Victoria Country                                                      Richard Underwood       AFL Barwon

AFL School Ambassador Volunteer of the Year                            Aron Lombardi               Christ the Primary

Jabyn Hogarth                Benton Junior College

Please click here to see images of all award recipients.

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