As the Katherine region's footy season comes to an end, the best and brightest players and supporters were recognised at this year's annual awards night.
At the Big Rivers Football League (BRFL) Doug Kelly Medal Count night, held on September 5 at Katherine's Godinymayin Yikard Rivers Art and Cultural Centre, Katherine Camels midfielder Daniel Vercoe took home the prestigious Doug Kelly medal with 20 votes.
Arnhem Crows player Freda Wosomo and Tindal Magpies Captain Vicki Farrelly were dual winners of the 2021 Senior Women's Best and Fairest awards.
With 24 goals this season, Sean Brown of the Arnhem Crows was crowned the 2021 Katherine River Divisions's Leading Goalkicker. And with 20 goals, Rebecca Dennis took home the Senior Women's GoalKicker Awards for the same club.
The Arnhem Crows being recognised overall as being the Most Professional Club of the Year.
For his work as an umpire throughout the season, Daryl Grahek took home the Golden Whistle Award, as nominated by the Senior Coaches of each club.
Locals Barry and Liz Price were awarded Volunteers of the Year for their contribution with umpiring, line marking and working the gates among a number of other things every week of the season.
AFLNT Regional Development Manager for Big Rivers Football League, Gavin May, said the 2021 season was a huge success, despite the challenges of COVID-19.
"We have seen an increase [in player numbers] of around 25 per cent across the board which has been really exciting and we can't wait to see it grow further next year," he said.
"This year the league saw the loss of three rounds due to COVID impacts. During the month of July and August we deemed three washout rounds which resulted in moving the finals series back a week but we're ecstatic to be able to complete the season."
The Grand Finals are set to take place this Saturday, with the Arnhem Crows and Katherine South going head to head in the Senior Women's competition and the Katherine Camels taking on Katherine South in the senior men's.
Mr May said the Camels and South "have a strong rivalry after playing continuously close scored home and away season games over the past two seasons."
"This season we have back-to-back Grand Final appearances for both the Senior Men and Women grades which are set to display the best footy coming out of the Big Rivers region," he said.
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