On Friday the Atlanta Kookaburras celebrated the 2016 season with their annual MVP Mike Powers Medal vote count and Annual General Meeting. Mark Cannatelli after a stellar 2016 took out the Mike Powers medal in front of a packed but well controlled crowd.
Cannatelli traded the lead throughout the announcement of each games voting with good mate Brett Hester. Hester who has come along in amazing leaps and bounds in 2016 also had a fantastic year just fell short this year but we are sure if he continues to improve his medal is not far away.
In the end it was Cannatelli's consistency across all games, missing just one for the year, to grab votes and he rounded out with a terrific finals series at the Sarasota USAFL National Championships to thoroughly deserve the MVP award.
In third place was last year winner Paul Balding also best mates with Cannatelli and Hester meaning the 'GA Tech Boys' made a clean sweep of all the voting awards. Balding also won 'Best at Nationals' this year, for the second time running. Fourth place in the MVP was a tie with newcomer Mike Peek and Braden Medders who also has another great year and impressive final series.
Also note worth was Sam Ridenhour who was awarded Best Clubman and the Coaches Award from 2016 Head Coach Brent Bacon. Ridenhour's commitment to the club, to training, functions and his teammates didn't go unnoticed obviously. He also made some signifcant contributions on the field as well. (He also picked up the new Skoal Award for admirable pregame enriched warm-ups).
A new Board of Management was also voted in bringing many new people to important club administration roles. But more about that later. Right now congratulate Mark Cannatelli and all the award recipients for a great 2016 Kookaburras season.
MVP Voting - Leading Votes
Mark Cannatelli 70
Brett Hester 63
Paul Balding 28
Braden Medders 26
Mike Peek 26
(photo L-R: Sam Ridenhour, Brett Hester, Mark Cannatelli MVP, Paul Balding)