A large contingent of Mittagong Hockey Club players and supporters attended end of season celebrations at the Mittagong RSL on Saturday evening.
Among the esteemed guests were six of the club's highly regarded and loved life members.
Getting proceedings underway was MC and committee member Glenn Flemming who invited club President Melinda Strachan to the microphone to share her thoughts on the 2019 season.
Melinda spoke highly of her committee members, players and supporters, thanking them for their dedication to the club and also the encouragement given to her during her first year as President.
Melinda proudly acknowledged the club's receipt of the Southern Highlands Hockey Association Club Championship award for 2019.
To get presentations underway all life members were invited to the stage to be thanked again for their wonderful, unwavering dedication to the Mittagong Hockey Club.
Current committee members were also invited to the stage where they were presented with a gift as a token of appreciation for their tireless effort throughout the season.
The team awards began with the Men's Panthers best and fairest award being presented by Ross Isedale to the talented ever reliable Daniel Valentine and Tammy Worner had the honour of presenting the second grade ladies Best and Fairest to Chelsea Bamber.
The Second Grade men's Tigers were called to the stage to see Mick Kracht presented with the Best and Fairest award by Nelson Worner.
The highly sought and hotly contested Shirley Wright 1st grade Best and Fairest award was proudly presented by Yolande Isedale.
Yolande reminded us of the many talents and endearing character of our wonderful Shirley and her emphasis on the importance of friendship.
The fortunate and deserving winner of this award was Jacquie Smith. The First Grade Men's Dick Todd Memorial Best and Fairest Award was presented by Neville Dillon to Andrew Pinkerton.
The Mittagong Hockey Club's most improved male player was presented by Denise Horvath to Alex Jefferies.
Denise highlighted how she had observed Alex's progress through the junior ranks and into seniors and was delighted to be making the presentation to such a committed young player.
Erin Bates was the recipient of the Most improved female player. The longevity of the sport was proven again with the presentation of medallions to highlight the number of games played with Blake Worner and Craig Thomas on 300 games.
Mel Strachan, Ash Goulder, Glenn Flemming and Tony O'Brien notched up 200 games each.
Jethro Leevers and Martin Aungle 100, and Ben Mercieca turned over 100 first grade games.
The Most Outstanding U21 female player was presented by Mel Strachan to Lara Todd.
The Most Outstanding U21 male player was proudly presented by Mark Chadwick to Jack Strachan.
The Women's most outstanding senior player was awarded to Whitney Johnson by Charlie Strachan.
The most Outstanding Male player was presented by Phillip Worner to Ben Mercieca.
Life Member Glen Isedale presented the Club Person of the Year to Glenn Flemming for his incredible effort and investment of time volunteering in the club and Southern Highlands Hockey Association.
The club acknowledged the devastating loss of one of our promising young club members earlier this year, remembering the tragic passing of Shawn Gardner.
Shawn was a wonderful friend, player and coach and is very sadly missed by us all.
Neville Dillon announced his retirement from hockey at the end of this season and was presented with a beautifully framed piece of memorabilia being his team shirt as acknowledgement of his many, many years wearing the green and gold.
Neville was our oldest playing member being a just a tad over 70 years of age.
The winners of the Eric Senior raffle were Glenn Flemming, Andrew Pinkerton and Yolande Isedale.
Eric Senior player scholarships were presented to Eryn bates, Thomas Strachen and Annalise Stevenson.
This concluded the formalities with the attendees finishing off their evening on the dance floor.