ALL SET: Football Stanthorpe president Vic Pennisi with event organiser for this Saturday night's Football Stanthorpe presentation event, Amy Torrisi.
ALL SET: Football Stanthorpe president Vic Pennisi with event organiser for this Saturday night's Football Stanthorpe presentation event, Amy Torrisi. Matthew Purcell

Football's night of nights

AFTER a gruelling season that started in April, players, supporters, coaches and volunteers will let their hair down this Saturday for the annual night of nights.

There's still semi-finals and grand finals to be contested, but this fixture-free weekend gives everyone the chance to recuperate and celebrate the successes of the season to date.

"Football has been a part of the culture of the Granite Belt for many, many years,” Football Stanthorpe president and patron Vic Pennisi said.

"There's a long tradition that goes back as far as I can remember. I think I pulled on my boots my first year back in 1973 and it was strong then. These days every club has a full sweep of teams - just about.

"It's a real credit to the community that week in, week out they can put out those teams to compete in the competition,” Pennisi said.

This year's Football Stanthorpe presentation night has had a change of venue, with the event to be held at St Joseph's Bathersby Centre.

"This is a great way to recognise achievement and it brings all clubs together in the one room and shows that goodwill between competitors,” Pennisi said.

"It's going to be another night where hard work gets rewarded. I think football in Stanthorpe is well placed to go into the future.”

Pennisi, who will also MC the night, has congratulated the hard work of Amy Torrisi for pulling the event together.

As for individual awards, he said there would never be a perfect process, without debate, in which they selected winners.

"There is no perfect way. It is a challenge. It'll never be a perfect process.

"Can I guarantee you everyone will be happy? No, I can't.”

No matter who wins, Pennisi promises a great night.

The night will get under way from 5pm, for a 5.30pm start. Attendees are asked not to park in the church car park.

Catering will be done by Cafe 77 and a bar will be in operation all night.

And the nominees are...

Best emerging talent

Fillies

Ballandean - Emilie Spencer

Carlton - Bella Sutton

City - N/A

Inter - Shay-lee Heard

United - Brianna Fairbank

Tenterfield - N/A

Junior Colts

Ballandean - Nicole Donnelly

Carlton - Liam Telfer

City - Luke Webb

Inter - Jacob Hennoste

United - Luke Gasparin

Tenterfield - Kobe Johnson

Senior Colts

Ballandean - Coen Taylor

Carlton - Ned O'Reilly

City - Jordan Waterworth

Inter - Mika Repo

United - Andrew Burgess

Tenterfield - Annie-May Newman

Ladies

Ballandean - Georgette Forbes

Carlton - Sophie Aspinall

City - Ruth Sweet

Inter - Brooklyn Favero

United - Alyssa Burgess

Tenterfield - Samantha Croft

Men's

Ballandean - Terry Fermor

Carlton - N/A

City - Josh Rogers

Inter - Steve Head

United - Justin Kneen

Tenterfield - Nicholas Pettas

Most improved

Fillies

Ballandean - Christine Fermor

Carlton - Rhianna Pillar

City - N/A

Inter - Addison Swan

United - Jessica McErvale

Tenterfield - N/A

Junior Colts

Ballandean - Kaylum Pollard

Carlton - Tyler Zamprogno

City - Ulea Elings

Inter - Ryan Gow

United - Rieley Beckett

Tenterfield - Luke Newman

Senior Colts

Ballandean - Nathan Fermor

Carlton - Jacob Weston

City - Matthew Biddulph

Inter - Rory Williamson

United - Joey Kelly

Tenterfield - Bradley Newman

Ladies

Ballandean - Ellouise Bannon

Carlton - Kaitlin Glyde

City - Zoe Howard

Inter - Courtney O'Reilly

United - Danielle Musumeci

Tenterfield - Taylah Whiticker

Men's

Ballandean - Thomas Nash

Carlton - Victor Johnstone

City - Chris Schnitzerling

Inter - Zane Hume

United - Jared Hitchener

Tenterfield - Matthew Savins

Player of the year

Fillies

Ballandean - Jessica Carnell and Zali Lawer

Carlton - Eliza Telfer and Bridget Day

City - N/A

Inter - Shania Politch and Almari Botha

United - Erica Picknell and Alyssa Wetzler

Tenterfield - N/A

Junior Colts

Ballandean - Trentham Daveson and Archie George

Carlton - Tristan Walters and Sonny Fraguas

City - Tyler Bougoure and Thomas Harvey

Inter - Darcy Daddow and Jarrah McCarthy

United - Clancy Toms and Jye Cook

Tenterfield - Jakeb Gibbins and Jake Murphy

Senior Colts

Ballandean - Beau Bannon and Byron Whitaker

Carlton - Dante Giammattei and Jessica Aspinall

City - Hunter Clark and Rory McDonagh

Inter - Joel Patti and Liam Gow

United - Michael Westerhout and Michael Coco

Tenterfield - Gregory Zournazidis and Taylah Whiticker

Ladies

Ballandean - Sarah Day and Anika Spiller

Carlton - Brittany Reyner and Tori Torrisi

City - Georgia Williams and Katy Lee

Inter - Ella Harrold and Natalie Wust

United - Jessica Westerhout and Mattiece Jones

Tenterfield - Alana Condrick and Alanna Melling

Men's

Ballandean - Matt Lee and Aiden Halford

Carlton - Jacob Steele and Luke Sulzberger

City - Lachlan Gilbert and Edward Filmer

Inter - Jordan Lanza and Nigel Eldridge

United - Hunter Murphy and Matthew Purcell

Tenterfield - Patrick Skinner and Aaron Blackler

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