The night started with a bang! (‘She bangs’ - a song by Ricky Martin) as we cheered on special guest and MC for the evening Carmen Miranda Electra Meandes Left-eye Lopez aka Pip Gooding. Miss Lopez welcomed the crowd with a traditional Cuban dance before she was joined by local Peter Joyce to complete the performance with a spectacular lift (similar to that of Baby and Johnny in the film Dirty Dancing) – a fun and amazing start to the evening!
Miss Lopez held the crowd’s attention sharing facts about the Cuban culture, farming in Cuba and a few special gifts from her motherland. A Combined Sports Winter Windup isn’t the same without a ‘Street Talk’ segment and step aside Sam Newman, the Cuban version of ‘Street Talk’ has a highlight, seeing local Amy Hall up and dancing the ‘Baby Shark Flash Dance’.
In-between the laughter, visits to the bar de bebidas (drinks bar) and fiesta fun, everyone dined on a delicious assortment of canapes, main dishes and desserts from Tasty Treats Catering – thank you Michelle Harris and her team for the amazing spread.
Following the vote count, the spotlight was also shared with the Presidents from each sporting club, sharing their President’s report and announcing their 2018 award winners. Congratulations to all awards winners and sporting clubs on another great season. See below the 2018 award winners,
Lake Grace Kukerin Hockey Club
Coaches Award – Claire Faulkner
Most Improved- Amy King
Runner Up Fairest and Best – Amber McPherson
Fairest and Best – Annie Argent
Coaches Award – Fiona Chatfield
Most Improved: Shaylah Medlen
Runner Up Fairest and best – Michelle Gooding
Fairest and Best – Kelsie Adams
Dumbleyung Men’s Hockey Club
Club person – Suzanne Cronin
Coaches Award – Shane Hall
Most Improved – Jamie Stephens
Runner Up Fairest and Best – Jake Angwin and Mark Smith
Fairest and Best – Courtney Bairstow
Kukerin Dumbleyung Football Club
Clubman Award – Sam Pearce and Chad Davidson
Most improved – Austin Shotter
Best Team Man – Karl West
Most Consistent – Bevan McDougall
Runner Up Fairest and Best – David Head
Fairest and Best – Craig Doney
Best in Finals – Craig Doney
Most Improved – Jake Angwin
Best Team Man – Sam Pearce
Most Consistent – Damon Joyce
Runner Up Fairest and Best – Ross Gooding
Fairest and Best – Joe Scafidi
Dumbleyung Netball Club
Coaches award – Janina Blake
Most Improved – Jenny West
Runner Up Fairest and Best – Chloe McDougall
Fairest and Best – Pip Gooding and Clare Watt-Smith
Dumbleyung and Wagin police briefly attended with Miss Lopez worried about her visa, she quickly ended the formalities of the evening to return to Cuba (before the Police noticed). Though the Cuban Goddess and amazing MC had to leave, the party was only just getting started. DJ Shaz had everyone up and dancing long into the night – thank you DJ Shaz!
A big thanks to the winter windup committee for organising the evening and to Carmen Miranda Electra Meandes Left-eye Lopez for travelling from Cuba to be our MC.