The Old Scholars football season concluded with the annual Best & Fairest Awards Dinner on Friday 30 October and the players and club were able to celebrate some of the highlights of 2020 and come together to anticipate an enjoyable and successful 2021 season.
DOSA Football Club co-President, Mr Cameron Golding, talked about how the club began the year with a great pre-season and high hopes of extending the success of 2018-2019 (the "double double") before the pandemic hit and all sport was cancelled.
It was very doubtful the season would get off the ground and when it was re-started after a break of three months, one of the clubs in the roster, Richmond, pulled out and the rounds were cut to just eight.
Both seniors and reserves managed to put competitive sides on the field and squeezed into semi-finals. They even managed to reach the preliminary finals and the seniors side was a kick away from the grand final... but it was not to be in this most unusual year.
DOSA celebrated a number of milestones, none more historic than the breaking of the all-time Old Scholars games record by the ageless Brendan Loveless (1990) - a record truly never to be broken again.
There were many worthy winners of trophies. In the Reserves B&F winner was Kyle Manser, with Emerson Booth runner up. In the seniors B&F, the Br Peter Dezani Medallion was won by Mitch Reeve, with Harry Loveless and Justin O'Brien (2001) tied runners-up.
Of special note also, were the Life Memberships awarded to past-parent, Jack Golding, and Aaron Davey (1999) for their decades of service to the club and community.
Congratulations to all and thanks to the DOSA Football Club for an excellent shorter-than-usual year of football despite challenges and disruptions.
You can see more photos from the evening on our gallery: DOSA B&F.