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Knights hold successful Presentation night

Last Saturday evening the Melbourne Knights held its 2010 player presentation night for the seniors, youth team and women’s senior sides.
Over 200 people attended the club’s first Presentation night in four years which was held in the Melbourne Croatia Social Club.
The truly international nature of 2010’s senior side was evident as a number of key players were unable to attend as they had returned home.
Bill Fleming Medal winner Kevin Townson is back home in his native England, key midfielder Josip Magdic is with family in Perth while Jean-Charles Dubois has signed for Swiss Third Division side Le Mont joining former Knights team mate Damien Gleize.
Club legend Danny Tiatto was unable to attend due to family committments.
Highlights of the evening included the naming of the Melbourne Knights 2010 Best and Fairest award which was taken out by prize signing from NK Spansko in Croatia, Tom Skara.
The New York born defender played 21 games for the Knights in 2010, missing the fixture against Heidelberg away from home as he had accumulated 5 yellow cards. The highly consistent ball winner scored a solitary goal for the season – against Bentleigh Greens in a relegation crunch match which helped secure the Knights VPL place for season 2011. The reaction of his team mates and the big number 13 was captured by Anita Milas consequently winning her the Les Shorrock Best Football Image at the VPL Gold Medal Night.
Ben Surey was on hand to accept Kevin Townson’s award for top goal scorer, netting 13 goals in 20 games.
The Melbourne Knights under 21’s leading goal scorer was former Altona Magic sharpshooter Brandon Zezovski while the Best and Fairest went to Josip Franjic, brother of Brisbane Roar full back Ivan Franjic.
The young central midfielder was ecstatic with the award after pursuing golf for the last four years and only returning to football in the last season.
The Melbourne Knights Women’s seniors are poised to be promoted to State League Division 3 and their maiden 2010 performance was nothing to be ashamed of.
Jessa Balliuot won the Best and Fairest award while Brooke Taylor took out the leading goal scorer accolade.
Mirko ‘Rus’ Rastocic was awarded with the Best Clubman Award for his continued service to the club.

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