The 2023 North Pilbara Football League season reached its glorious conclusion over the weekend, with the league’s highly anticipated awards night. It was a momentous occasion where the spotlight shone brightly on the athletes, coaches, and contributors who had left an indelible mark on the league with their extraordinary skills, dedication, and community spirit. Nathan Bravington, the formidable talent from the Karratha Kats, was awarded the coveted De Grey Medal. His exceptional performances throughout the season had earned him the title of the league’s best-and-fairest player, an accolade that marked the pinnacle of individual achievement in North Pilbara football. In the reserves division, Saika Bero of the South Hedland Swans emerged as the star, capturing the hearts of fans and judges alike. His unwavering commitment on the field and his ability to shine even in the face of tough competition earned her the Matheson Medal for being the best-and-fairest player in the reserves category. In women’s football there was a tie for the Creighton Medal, awarded to the league’s best-and-fairest female players. Ashleigh Greenwell of the Karratha Kats and Kirsty Kubula from the Blazers women’s football club showcased exceptional skills, leadership, and sportsmanship, prompting the judges to honour them both. The future of North Pilbara football also came under the spotlight as young talents were acknowledged. Indyana Bird from the Karratha Kats was the recipient of the Bilston Medal, celebrating her outstanding performance in the under-16 women’s league. In the race for the most prolific goal scorer, Guy Langdon from the Dampier Sharks secured the title of the league-leading goal kicker, with his scoring prowess setting him apart from the rest. Meanwhile, in the reserves division, Shane McIntosh, also from the Dampier Sharks, claimed the crown as the reserve’s leading goal kicker. The women’s leading goal kicker title was rightfully bestowed upon Brodhi Woods from the Karratha Kats, highlighting her exceptional ability to find the goal posts. Behind the scenes, coaches and community contributors played an integral role in the league’s success. Steven Dodd, the astute strategist behind the Dampier Sharks, was named coach of the year, a testament to his leadership and coaching prowess. Acknowledging the unsung heroes who work tirelessly to ensure football thrives in the Pilbara region, Grant Theelan received the Mineral Resources Community Spirit of the Year Award. His dedication and commitment to the sport and its community were lauded and celebrated. The critical role of umpires in the game did not go unnoticed. Bradley Reeves was honored with the Umpire Golden Whistle award, recognising his excellence in officiating. At the same time, the Umpire Rising Star Award was presented to promising talent Bevan Biddiscombe, foreshadowing a bright future for umpiring in the league.