SHARING THE PRIDE: A-grade coach and Clubman of the Year, Darren Hoskin, said being part of the Dalby Wheatmen was all about having pride in your club and your colours.
SHARING THE PRIDE: A-grade coach and Clubman of the Year, Darren Hoskin, said being part of the Dalby Wheatmen was all about having pride in your club and your colours. Meg Gannon

What it means to be one of the Wheatmen

WHAT does it mean to be a member of the Dalby Wheatmen?

It's a question with a million answers to it, but A-grade coach Darren Hoskin said it all comes down to camaraderie and pride.

"We're all good friends,” he said.

"We all look out for each other. On the paddock we fight to the death; we don't want to lose.

"Off the paddock, we have fun but we're respectful. If we have issues, we deal with the issues, and we just like the fact that we're a country club that likes to earn the respect of the community.”

The Wheatmen's annual presentation night was an opportunity for players, coaches, and family members to share that pride for their team and their club.

Awards were given out for the top players in each team, along with some special awards recognising the individual achievements of players, coaches, and board members.

Mr Hoskin received the prestigious Clubman of the Year award, saying it was not something he expected to be taking home.

"I just do what I do and I enjoy it,” he said.

"I believe if you love what you do, things happen... I'm extremely fortunate to be able to be involved in the club.”

President Neal Kiley praised the efforts of his club for a stellar year, saying the highlight of the season was watching the C-grade Wheatmen make the grand final for the second year running.

In the grand final the C-grades went up against the side that beat them 60-nil in an earlier round, so to make that much of a comeback and go onto to play them in the grand final was something to be proud of.

"To be down by 14 points at half-time and then to come back to have a 14-all draw in overtime and really stick it to the Gundy team just to lose it at the end - I was really proud of that,” he said.

The Wheatchix narrowly missed out on a spot in the grand finals after going down to St George in a preliminary final.

Captain Danielle Plummer took home the awards for Highest Point Scorer, and Best All-Round Player in the team.

Mr Hoskin said his own personal highlights of the season involved any moment where a new player got to shine.

"What I like to see is to be able give young blokes opportunities to play A-grade,” he said.

"We had several of those this year, and I get chuffed by that.

"I think that's fantastic to see young blokes stepping up and given opportunities, and taking them.”

Zac Storey was just one of those young up-and-comers who was given a run as an A-grade this season.

Mr Storey took home the Marty Francis Memorial Shield, as well as the award for Most Improved at the presentation for his commitment to the club and his consistent play throughout the season.

Preparations for the 2020 season have already begun, and coaches have hinted at the return of former players, as well as the addition of some brand new faces for the club.

Check out some photos from the presentation night:


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