PRESENTATIONS | Awards galore as Essendon Royals cap off Season 2019
Season 2019 will be fondly remembered as one of truly epic proportions for the Essendon Royals.
A promotion for the club’s senior women team, the move to Cross Keys Reserve, acceptance into the Junior Boys National Premier Leagues competition and becoming one of the first clubs to gain five-star recognition from Football Victoria were just a few of the massive achievements the club and its members can proudly look back on.
It also marked the club’s 60th anniversary, which was celebrated with a magnificent gala ball held at Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields.
The event itself saw a host of past and present officials, supporters, players, coaches and families come together to celebrate the club’s amazing history, from its humble roots as Triestina to the Goliath of Victorian community football the Royals have become today.
The on-field season came to a conclusion at the start of September, as our various junior teams finished their seasons, followed shortly by our senior men’s, women’s and thirds teams.
The club celebrated its amazing season with a host of Presentation Days and Nights to showcase our fantastic footballing family and community.
Senior Presentation Night
The Royals recognised its most senior teams at Cross Keys Reserve on Saturday, September 14.
The Royals senior women took centre stage as all present celebrated their brilliant season which culminated in the promotion to State League 1 for Season 2020, with coach Johno Clemente and his team of stars receiving many richly deserved plaudits.
Also of note was the Men’s Reserves team, which finished the season in third place in the Men’s State League Reserves competition.
There was also hugely deserved recognition for the Nappo boys, Joey, Max and Roman Nappo (Pictured at the top of this page with dad Frank and Royals president Richie Di Sauro). The boys and their dad Frank have been everpresent at every level of the club in 2019, supporting the Royals senior and junior teams all season long
The senior award winners in full:
Coached by Sanjay Suri, the Royals finished in third place in the Sportsmart Boys’ North-West 20A division.
Taking 10 wins from their 16 games, the Royals only lost three games all season.
Top Goalscorer: Kristian Rizza
Best-And-Fairest Runners Up: Andrew Sant
Best-And-Fairest: Liam Roebuck
The Essendon Royals Men’s Thirds team is home to a number of important former seniors who continue to represent the club in a brilliant fashion.
Co-coached by players Terry Rowan and Ryan Attard, the dynamic duo continues to foster a brilliant atmosphere for the club’s social senior players who represent the club every Sunday and their ongoing support of club events and initiatives should not be understated.
The lads finished fifth in the Metropolitan League 4 North-West, finishing the season with an even ledger of five wins, five draws and five losses.
Top Goalscorer: Ryan Attard
Best-And-Fairest Runners Up: Luke Nightingale
Best-And-Fairest: Luke Mungherli
The Essendon Royals Men’s Reserves provided a fine proving ground for the club’s talented cohort of youth players looking to prove themselves in the senior squad.
Coached by Emmett Sheehan and assistant David Winton, the Royals enjoyed a magnificent season, overcoming all the usual trials and tribulations that come with being a Reserves team to finish third in the State League 1 North-West Reserves competition.
The Royals did not lose a game over the final nine rounds of the season.
Top Goalscorer: Josh Tabone
Best-And-Fairest Runners Up: Alexander Eshak
Best-And-Fairest: Jesse Walker
The Royals senior men’s side endued a tough season in a hugely competitive State League 1 North-West division.
The team put in a number of impressive performances over the course of the year and at times matched the divisions top teams, but were often undone by slow starts which meant the team was often left without reward for their efforts as the games went on.
Top Goalscorer: Joel Nikolic
Best-And-Fairest Runners Up: Jamie Gazzelle & Andre Jannesse
Best-And-Fairest: Graham Kelly
The Royals senior women were well and truly the stand-out performers at the club in the senior set-up during season 2019.
After finding themselves rooted to the foot of the WOmen’s State League 2 North-West table after three rounds, the Royals brilliantly fought their way back into promotion contention during the guts of the season.
They confirmed their promotion to State League 1 with a brilliant performance on the final day of the season - a fitting end to a brilliant season from coach Johno Clemente and his team.
Top Goalscorer: Stephanie Pantazopoulos
Best-And-Fairest Runners Up: Zoe Schaffner
Best-And-Fairest: Michelle Vidanoski
Junior Presentation Days
With so many juniors at the club, presentations for our junior teams were spread over two separate days.
Amongst the highlights were our championship-winning Under-14 Reds who sealed the title on the last day of the season, whilst there were participation awards for all our junior teams, as well as best-and-fairest and coaches honours within each team.
The Royals were home to over 700 players this season and we look forward to seeing everyone back in Season 2020.
See the full list of best-and-fairest and coach award winners below:
8 Boys Blue
Best-And-Fairest: Simon Pham
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Matthew Dimovski
Coaches Award: Stefano Care
8 Boys Gold
Best-And Fairest: Christian Puopolo
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Luka Jovanovic
Coaches Award: Noah Farrugia
8 Boys Red
Best-And-Fairest: Chase Basitan
8 Boys White
Best-And-Fairest: Lucas Micevski
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Reno Magnacca
Coaches Award: Michael Cvetkovski
8 Boys Black
Best-And-Fairest: Benjamin Blewett
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Elliott Hislop
Coaches Awards: Mason Manganaro, Saif Al Araj, Julian Prus
9 Girls Gold
Best-And-Fairest: Matilda Ball
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Hannah Moore
Coaches Award: Sara Dos Santos
9 Boys Blue
Best-And-Fairest: Xavier D’Agostino
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Alexander Minichiello
Coaches Award: Liam Kilner
9 Boys Red
Best-And-Fairest: Noah Ravida
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Callan Gardiner
Coaches Awards: Anthony Lo Giudice & Theodore Torosidis
9 Boys White
Best-And-Fairest: Luke Ito Cannon.
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Anthony Baldassarre.
Coaches Award: Oskar Parker.
9 Boys Black
Best-And-Fairest: Hugo Carson
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Liam Tran
Coaches Award: Ethan Bourne
9 Girls White
Best-And-Fairest: Natalia Marcaccio
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Sienna Ciavarella
Coaches Award: Luca Bode
10 Boys Blue
Best-And-Fairest: Oscar Di Genova
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Koray Avci
Coaches Award: Zac Monfries
10 Boys Red
Best-And-Fairest: Cristian Evans
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Oliver Ball
Coaches Award: Alexander Parissi
10 Boys White
Best-And-Fairest: Darci Corp
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Zia de Vos
Coaches Award: Kharanshu Choppakatia
11 Boys Blue
Best-And-Fairest: Lucas Caputo
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Nicholas Bui
Coaches Award: Orlando Perilli
11 Boys Red
Best-And-Fairest: Brendan Nguyen
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Zach Bates
Coaches Award: Donal Healy
11 Boys Gold
Best-And-Fairest: Joey Nappo
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Jeremy Macauley
Coaches Award: Luca Cristiano
11 Boys Black
Best-And-Fairest: Alex Campbell
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Archer Mazza
Coaches Award: Daemon Basu
11 Boys White
Best-And-Fairest: Sebastian D’Urso
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Luke swales
Coaches Award: Akitha Gamakumara
11 Girls Gold
No individual awards were awarded. Congratulations all participating players.
12 Boys Blue
Best-And-Fairest: Jessie Paladino
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Mushahed Sawiz
Coaches Award: Finley Howland
12 Boys Red
Best-And-Fairest: Cooper Di Florio
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Orlando De Luise & George Warren
Coaches Award: Ram Vanapalli
12 Boys Gold
Best-And-Fairest: Patrick Cox
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Sean Sinclair
Coaches Award: Xavier Cox
12 Boys Black
Best-And-Fairest: Matthew Loprete
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Steven Iliopoulos
Coaches Award: Luke Soumalias
12 Girls Red
Best-And-Fairest: Eva Chopin
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Scarlett Moger
Coaches Award: Grace Wirth
13 Boys Blue
Best-And-Fairest: Gianluca Guglielmino
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Valentino Molinaro
Coaches Award: Joseph Scerri
13 Boys Red
Best-And-Fairest: Zack Minas
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Ethan Haigh
Coaches Award: Leiam Giouzepos
13 Boys Gold
Best-And-Fairest: Tomy Lloyd
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Julian Marino
Coaches Award: Yianni Artemiou
14 Girls Gold
Best-And-Fairest: Lara Bascetta
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Sienna Athaide
Coaches Awards: Carolina Pizza & Ellie Smith
14 Girls Blue
Best-And-Fairest: Angelique Basile
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Georgia Cullie
Coaches Award: Zara Moutzikis
14 Boys Blue
Best-And-Fairest: Paul La Ferla
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Sam McIlroy
Coaches Awards: Mateus Louloudis & Luca Di Carlo
14 Boys Red
Best-And-Fairest: Marcus Petrolo
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Yousef Hawli
Coaches Awards: Louis Yates & James Caputo
14 Boys Gold
Best-And-Fairest: Sanithu DeSilva
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Thomas King
Coaches Awards: Francis DiNuccio
15 Boys Blue
Best-And-Fairest: Jacob Rando
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Luca Christofides
Coaches Awards: Leo Park
15 Boys Red
Best-And-Fairest: Julian Iacobellis
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Christian Loccisano
Coaches Awards: Nicholas FIliopou
15 Boys Gold
Best-And-Fairest: Dejan Dmitrovic
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Chris Hamilton
Coaches Awards: Arda Genc
16 Girls Blue
Best-And-Fairest: Jessica Hrzic
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Shirley Duong
Coaches Awards: Erin Bavage
16 Boys Blue
Best-And-Fairest: Arjin Bagdas and Marcus Medina
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Phoenix Davey
Coaches Awards: Jude Hardy
16 Boys Red
Best-And-Fairest: Damian Lauricella
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Aaron Powell and Peter Ricco
Coaches Awards: Jason Ortiz
16 Boys Gold
Best-And-Fairest: Sam Torosidis
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Elijah de Wit
Coaches Awards: Matthew Lynch
Best-And-Fairest: James Romito
Best-And-Fairest Runners-Up: Ricky Tullio
Coaches Awards: Dion Smoljko