On the 8th February 2015, Portland Touch Football Association held the Annual Nick Way Memorial Touch Knockout.
There was a great turn out of 16 team for the day, many travelling from out of the local area to come to game.
The knockout was in honour of Nick Way, a much loved Touch Footy player who passed away in 2006, leaving behind a loving partner and 9 month old daughter as well as his mother and brother. The Knockout was first suggested by Nick’s family and friends on the Portland Touch Association committee and was the first played in 2007, the year after he passed away.
With sixteen teams split into A and B grades there were many winners on the day, however, one win was particularly emotional. This year the winner of the Best and Fairest Play went to Jason Whitney, one of Nick’s old mates. The award was presented by Nick’s Daughter Makayla and his brother Josh.
Along with prize money given to the two winning teams the PTA also donated the funds raised on the day to Blinky Bill.
Joshua and Penny Way who both help organise the day said they particularly wanted to make both the Portland Touch Association and Jason Whitney aware of how grateful they are that they help them remember such a remarkable man each year and do it without any hesitation year after year.
They also said that next year they are planning a big event to commemorate the 10th knockout!