The Upper Great Southern Hockey Association gathered in Narrogin on September 9 for a night of presentations and recognition as the 2023 season draws to a close. Polo shirts and shorts were traded for suit shirts, smart pants and dresses as about 130 players, association representatives and guests came together to celebrate what has been an exciting year of hockey. “It’s a good crowd tonight, it’s a great turnout and thanks to everyone for coming,” UGSHA president Mark Regan said. “I want to give a huge thanks to the committee that have put in a huge effort this year.” Regan also thanked the UGSHA’s volunteers who work behind the scenes in the kitchen and on the bar for the big contribution they make to the club. To start the night club stalwart Rodney ‘Rocket’ Johnson received a standing ovation from the crowd for his many years of service and dedication as it was announced that he would be resigning from his role as Fuel to Go and Play Hockey development officer. “Rocket has been part of the association for 17 years,” Mr Regan said. “Everyone’s always after Rocket, he’s going to be greatly missed.” A host of awards and medals were handed out to UGSHA’s best, fairest and finest with Wagin’s Zali Spencer being awarded the Joan Hoskin Memorial Medal for women’s A-grade best and fairest and WA State Country Player All Black’s Liam Sweeney being awarded the Dick Hoskin Memorial Medal for men’s A-grade best and fairest.