2017 MWPC Clubman of the Year

Congratulations to Paul Neesham for winning the Clubman of the Year Award for 2017.

Here is the list of all our nominees and all their fantastic contributions they have made to the Club. Thanks to all our Club Members who nominated!

Nominated Clubman Reason for Nomination
Alex Gunnell Every time I am down at the pool I always see him there working hard and he deserves to be recognised for his hard work, sometimes finishing up at 1am!!
Alex Gunnell He was able to assist the u/16s boys to safety in the Nice bombings last year, and quickly alert parents that their sons were safe. His quick thinking and calm manner kept the situation as smooth as possible.
He has done a fabulous job at coordinating NWPL games and spends endless hours coaching teams all while doing full time uni.
An excellent up and coming referee
He is also just an all round great young man putting his time and energy into a club that he loves. Alex epitomises everything a club person should be.
Alex Gunnell Has done the ground work around the club that has gotten the National League games to a professional standard. Is always one of the first people there and last to leave.
Alex Gunnell Very hard worker, always down at the club volunteering his time. Communicates with the boys very well and is dedicated towards helping the club.
Alex Gunnell Sets up national league, always at pool
Alex Gunnell For all his hard work and commitment to the National League season and to the Juniors
Alex Gunnell Alex has shown an enormous amount of dedication and commitment to the club in the National Water Polo League and Junior competition. His hard work and efforts deserve to be recognised by all.
Alex Gunnell Coaching & Assistant Coaching of U16' & U18's Boys teams in local & national competitions. Assistant coach/manager for the International overseas travel of the U16's boys team supporting them throughout there journey & the terrorism attack they experienced whilst in France. Overall Alex is a very accomodating mature young man that always gives his best to the club both in & out of the pool.
Alex Gunnell Alex does a lot around the club but extra hours he works he does not get paid for and he always seems to be down there helping around the pool
Alex Gunnell A quiet achiever - always reliable and pleasant to deal with
Brian Bruce As a new Melville Club member he had a wealth of information! Brian is always happy to help and if he can not help he will go above and beyond to do what he can and point you in the right direction.
Chocca Provided great atmosphere to the club
Claudio Chiappari He is always there. No?
Davis Verboon What busy 20-something would want to take charge of a group of 30+ boys aged 12-14 and coach them 4 times a week for 5-7 hours a week? Davis Verboon! He ran 2 x 2-week intensives during summer with up to 15 hours of training a week. Melville is lucky to have such passionate people willing to give their time to coach, but for a young man in his 20s to have such selfless dedication is truly exceptional and worthy of praise. The boys respond to and admire him. My son Oliver is already thinking about playing in Europe and he's only 13. Davis has done the coaching more or less single-handedly and arranged extra training with the nationals squad at UWA and when the pool isn't available they train in the river! The U14 are the first entry into serious competition water polo as so a crucial to the success of the Melville Water Polo Club into the future and people like Davis have done much good for the club by developing what talent he is presented with into fine young players.
Davis Verboon Has gotten the social calendar in order and created a more social connection between all the members of the playing group
Davis Verboon Has gotten the social calendar in order and created a more social connection between all the members of the playing group
Davis Verboon Coaches 14s
Davis Verboon For his passion and willingness to do anything in the name of club spirit
Davis verboon A real positive can do attitude
Davis Verboon Davis has coached our son this year in the U14's. Davis' commitment and enthusiasm is to be commended. He has spent so much time with our boys working on their development. Our son has grown in skills and confidence over the season along with his love for the sport. His commitment to the club in times when finding volunteers is becoming harder and harder especially in a younger person is truly a reflection on him and thus the club as a whole. We have found him to be a wonderful young man with a passion for Waterpolo that is contagious.
Davis Verboon Davis has committed an unbelievable amount of his time and effort to train all the Under 14 boys teams for the 2017 league and Nationals competition. He is totally committed to the Club , game and waterpolo as a sport and has been an excellent role model, mentor and coach to our son. He has imparted a strong love for the sport and the Melville Waterpolo club on many of the junior boys he has coached this season.
Gabby Groves Goes well beyond required commitment to the Club. Her roles as Under 16 and 18 Manager. Organisation of Flippa Ball and National League BBQ's and VIP events. Huge weekly commitment.
Gabby groves Outstanding job as team manager and a great support to the girls in her team.
Gabrielle Groves Team manager 16's Marlins.
Team manager 18's Marlins.
Team manager A' reserve women's.
Head of BBQ fundraising.
Head of VIP and Special event catering, staff rostering and service.
Dedicated MWPC member and volunteer.
Encourages her year 6 IONA girls to participate in water polo with a bias towards Melville.
Organised and took lead role in score sheet and time clock training sessions for parents attending last years National Championships in Hobart.
2016 16's girls National Championships manager and mumager Hobart.
Katie Finucane Firstly for volunteering her time for coaching women's national league training one night per week.
Secondly for all her efforts to the social calendar. She has organised and orchestrated several events throughout the season that would not have taken place without all her time and effort.
Katie Finucane Katie has volunteered her time as a Committee Member, coach and Social Director for the 2016/17 season. In this capacity, Katie has organised some wonderful and much needed social events such as the monthly Sundowners which offered members great food and drinks and the opportunity to socialise. Katie has also organised and volunteered herself for 'busy bee' duties such as painting the Club bar area. Katie also plays A Reserve Women this season after a long and distinguished career at an international and national level, which included many years of National League. Katie is a most deserving Club Person of the a Year for this season.
Katie Finucane Katie has volunteered her time as a Committee Member, coach and Social Director for the 2016/17 season for Melville Water Polo Club. In this capacity, Katie has organised some wonderful and much needed social events such as the monthly Sundowners which offered members great food and drinks and the opportunity to socialise. Katie has also organised and volunteered herself for 'busy bee' duties such as painting the Club bar area. Katie also plays A Reserve Women this season after a long and distinguished career at an international and national level, which included many years of National League. Katie is a most deserving Club Person of the a Year for this season.
KAtie Finucane She organises all social functions, coaches and trains teams when needed. She plays, on the committee. Basically does everything!
Katie Finucane Her whole hearted committment and many, many hours of volunteer work at the club.
Katie finucane Coz she throws the most fun social events.....
She volunteers her time to coach and proactively organises and orchestrates busy bees and contributes many hours in not only organising but involving herself in these activities.
She also spends countless hours shopping, organising and preparing social calendar events to make the club a fun environment that people want to come to. She then volunteers her time to help run these events.
She is a committee member who attends regular meetings and helps to make positive decisions to improve the club not only from an elite waterpolo club but into a social, enjoyable club to be apart of from a junior player or parents perspective but also from a senior social players perspective.
I know many volunteers countlessly give there time but I think Katie's volunteering efforts in the last couple of years have started to change the culture of the club in the best positive way and the club has evolved for it.
Katie finucane Katie has volunteered her time as a Committee Member, coach and Social Director for the 2016/17 season for Melville Water Polo Club. In this capacity, Katie has organised some wonderful and much needed social events such as the monthly Sundowners which offered members great food and drinks and the opportunity to socialise. Katie has also organised and volunteered herself for 'busy bee' duties such as painting the Club bar area. Katie also plays A Reserve Women this season after a long and distinguished career at an international and national level, which included many years of National League. Katie is a most deserving Club Person of the a Year for this season.
Katie Finucane For her success in making the club a better social environment and her volunteer coaching role with the premier league women's team
Kelly and Ebony Friday Flippa was amazing. Parents were so impressed with the ongoing excellence of the season. Kelly and Ebony both worked over and above their paid roles to ensure this amazing outcome.
Kelly Parks Puts in a lot of time and effort. Came out of retirement to play NL to help team. 3 young children at home but still does so much for club
Kelly Parks The way she has changed and worked tirelessly to improve the systems, communication, cleanliness, funding and professionalism of the club. Especially, in the community development with Juniors, Flippa-ball and womens leagues.
Liana French Without batting an eyelid, Liana continuously puts her hand up to organize a number of parts of the club, primarily uniforms. She never complains and always ensures stuff is done on time even when the deadlines are tight.
Manon Greatest shave and umpires for National League games and will do the table happily without complaining
Michael Brown Volunteer accountancy work for the club, trains and plays national league, supports/plays Premier league games, helps out in any capacity when required, engages sponsors, valued committee member
Owain Evans Work around the club including reno in Bar area
Paul Neesham Hes always there......
Paul Neesham All round contribution. Commitee, Secretary, Coach, Player, Handy Man, Barristor, Sweeping Up, Timekeeper. Too much really, but appreciated non-the-less
Paul Neesham For his passion to help do anything at the Club, for assistant coaching the U14s for fixing stuff, for his pizza, for his paella, for his IT brain and for his role as Secretary …oh and did I mention the dance off?
Paul Neesham For volunteering a lot of his time behind the scenes to ensure that the club keeps running and doesn't get into too much trouble with the bank, liquor licensing, the council or the neighbours. Plus he makes an awesome paella.
Paul Neesham Paul makes an all round contribution to the club as player, coach, committee member and treasurer. He is a receptive ear and his enthusiasm for all things Melville show that he is proud of the club and wants what is best for the members.
Paul Neesham Player, organiser, coach, cook and all round top bloke
Paul Neesham He is always down at the Club fixing something or sorting out some issue with a neighbour or the liquor license. He puts in a huge number of volunteer hours and also helps coach the U14 girls. He has a fantastic attitude that is contagious and expiring to many club members.
Paul Neesham Secretary of the Club
Assistant Coach of Under 14 girls – so attending 2 – 3 sessions a week plus Monday night games plus Nationals.
Coaching Flippaball teams
Sorting out the Liquor License – countless hours
 Renewing the Clubs lease with the City of Melville
All sorts of odd jobs around the Club as well as assisting at the Busy Bee day
Assisting Brownie get the Clubs Finances in order
Dealing with the local residents
Playing Wednesday nights still
Paul Neeshem Helped us with skills, such as; shooting, swimming back, defending, when to foul and taught us to give it our all
Stuart Dart Started and is a player and manager of the MWPC Div 4 Sharks, played a huge role in the foundation of Flippaball that provide substantial financial benefit to the club and is a feeder for the WAPWI teams, manager of the U14 Saints, manager of the U14 Saints heading to Nationals, steps in to coach the U14s as required often driving from one game to the next e.g. Saints at HBF then Stingrays at Hale, committee member, club stalwart and all round good bloke!