BY CHRIS BOULOUS - 17 Nov, 2010
THE greatest recognition a sportsman or club can receive is to be recognised as the best by their peers.
It is for that reason the Canley Vale Junior Rugby League Football Club's dual success at the Parramatta District presentation night has left every other club green with envy.
The Kookas took out the 2010 Clubs' Club of the Year — an award voted on by all the other clubs in the district — and the Parramatta District Club of the Year.
"It is a big achievement to win both awards. It is the first time the club has done it, so it is pretty special," vice president Sharon Cook said.
"It is very prestigious and good recognition of the hard work the entire club is doing."
This year the club had 12 teams in the Parramatta District competition and registered one premiership — the under-16's title.
Ms Cook said the secret to their success was the hard work of their board, a dedicated group of volunteers and the family oriented nature of the club.
At its heart is secretary Valarie Uilou.
Described by Cook as "the heart of the club", the 2010 Parramatta District Volunteer of the Year awardee couldn't be happier with the recognition.
"It is a great achievement by the club and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face," Uilou said. "I can't wait until next year now."
Formed in 1963, the club was founded by the late Jimmy Connell and former Western Suburbs first grade player Dev Dines.
Between 1964 and 2000 the club won a total of 53 premiership titles. Their headquarters is Adams Park, Canley Vale.
The club thanks all players, staff and supporters, including long-
standing major sponsor Richards on the Park.
Canley connection: Canley Vale board members Belinda Smart
(assistant treasurer), Albert Strohmayer (president), Ali Gonzalez
(assistant secretary) and Valarie Uilou
(secretary). Picture: Wesley Lonergan
17th November 2010