Local soccer club Narrabri FC enjoyed another successful season in 2019.
For a third consecutive year the team played in the Namoi Soccer League and won the competition’s minor premiership.
This year the side won all 16 of its regular season games and scored 62 goals in the process while conceding just six times.
Narrabri FC went on to win the major semi-final to book a home grand final where it challenged third-placed Wee Waa and went down 3-2 in extra time after the score was locked at 2-all at the end of the 90 minutes.
The club is determined to go one better in the 2020 campaign.
Narrabri FC held its presentation awards night at the Narrabri Sporties, its major sponsor, on Saturday, September 28.
The night was MC’d by Narrabri FC president Steve Lubke, and about 40 people including players and fans attended.
Club person of the year went to the team’s coach Neil Brayshaw, who was a keen fan and father of two players in the 2017 season before joining the club as coach in 2018. His commitment to the club and the team throughout the year always inspired others to do their best.
Coach’s award went to the team’s right fullback Izaac Jeffries, a player who was one of the first picked on the team sheet every weekend and attended almost every training session throughout the year.
Most consistent player went to Mitch Wood who is one of the oldest players in the team but is one who leads by example with tireless performances every time he steps on the field.
Golden boot went to Blake Jarrett who netted 16 times throughout the regular season.
Players’ player went to Cooper Brayshaw who joined the club this season following three successful seasons playing in Newcastle’s NNSWF National Premier League.
Brayshaw boosted Narrabri FC’s midfield and was the team’s standout player in 2019, finishing as runner-up in the golden boot race with 10 goals.
Most improved was awarded to the team’s youngest player Jacob Sunderland who joined the team after round one and earned several starts throughout the season and established himself as one of the team’s key centre midfielders.
Goal of the year was awarded to one of the team’s newest recruits Ben Stride, who joined the club at the start of the season. Stride’s bullet header from a corner to level the grand final score to 2-all late in the match won him the goal of the year.