Prizegiving – The night the stars come out

Melville United’s 2016 prizegiving is on Saturday (October 8) starting at 6.45pm at The Atrium on Wintec’s central city campus (accessible off Ward St or Nisbet St).

Tickets are $20 each (or $45 a double if you prefer) with a supper provided. There will be door sales but club members should be aware that cash will be required. Those challenged by the concept of going out with cash in their pockets at night can alternately purchase tickets beforehand at the clubrooms on Thursday night.

Melville club captain Phil Wheatley said prizegiving was now well-established as a dress-up do, and anyone decked out as a cowboy, painter, or bogan risked being declined entry.

“Club administrators have gone to a great deal of effort to make this a real occasion, so it is expected that rank and file club members should make the effort as well,” he said.

Melville's prizewinners at The Atrium in 2013

Melville’s prizewinners at The Atrium in 2013

Most teams will honour a player of the year, players’ player, squad member and most improved.
As well there are the club-wide awards for coach of the year, golden boot (male and female), special achievement awards, coach of the year, club personality, and the supreme award, Club Person of the Year. Club-wide awards are voted on by the management committee, with special achievement and service awards by nomination.

In an evening that offers more gongs than the Oscars, Wheatley said some were always tricky to settle upon.

“Choosing any Melville prize-winner is a subjective business, but determining ‘Personality of the Year’ is perhaps the mother lode in that respect,” Wheatley said.

“How do you quantify personality? And how do we then align or conflate that personality with a track record of achievement?

“Psychologists use measures such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which scores individuals across the four bi-polar dimensions of attitude, perception, judgment and lifestyle, and whether they make decisions based on rational thought or empathetic feeling.

“But it’s arguably even more complicated in the football world, where we often only see compartmentalised personalities of a club member than any holistic, rounded view of them.

“Regardless, all Melville club members should make the effort to be present at The Atrium to honour our achievers for 2016.”


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