Ho­gan, Le­bish Bright’s best

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ ne­me­dia.com.au

BRIGHT cap­tain Nick Le­bish has claimed a hat-trick of best and fairest awards af­ter tak­ing out the Moun­tain Men’s top hon­our on Satur­day night.

Le­bish topped the se­nior foot­ball vote count for the third straight year, edg­ing out de­fender Dy­lan Bur­sill who was also run­ner up a sea­son ago.

In a close count, Le­bish took the lead in the penul­ti­mate round, col­lect­ing 14 of a pos­si­ble 15 votes in his side’s 118-point win over Moyhu.

The 24 year-old didn’t poll in the fi­nal round against Mi­lawa while Bur­sill man­aged two votes to fin­ish six back.

Out­go­ing coach Paul Dal­bosco said Le­bish op­ti­mised what a leader should be as he helped the Moun­tain Men reach the Ovens and King fi­nals for the first time since 2015.

“He’s ev­ery­thing you want in a leader with his de­sire and ded­i­ca­tion un­matched,” Dal­bosco said.

“To have three se­nior best and fairests to his name at just 24 is an out­stand­ing a achieve­ment and there’s still a lot more great foot­ball left in him with this club.”

The A grade net­ball best and fairest saw joint win­ners with mid­court play­ers Le­shae Ho­gan and Al­lyce Whin­ray fin­ish­ing in a tie at the top of the leader­board.

Re­mark­ably, first year player Ho­gan shared the award de­spite miss­ing the fi­nal six home and away games af­ter break­ing her wrist snow­board­ing.

Whin­ray, who moved to cen­tre when Ho­gan was miss­ing, fin­ished strong with a best on court per­for­mance in round 17 be­fore pick­ing up one vote in the last match to join 17 year-old Ho­gan on 21 votes.

A grade coach Ge­orgie Mat­ters said the two play­ers had out­stand­ing sea­sons as the Moun­tain Maids won 11 games and played off in a semi­fi­nal.

“We’re so lucky that Le­shae came to our club when she moved to town at the start of the year,” Mat­ters said.

“She rep­re­sented Bright in the Ovens and King open age in­ter­league team and given she’s only 17 years old that was a huge achieve­ment.

“Al­lyce is a re­ally com­mit­ted team player and a great club per­son that we’re re­ally lucky to have around as well.

“She’ll play wher­ever I put her and has been im­prov­ing ev­ery sea­son of A grade she’s played with us so this is a great re­ward for all her hard work.”

Ross Hed­ley proved that age is just a num­ber as he won his sec­ond re­serves best and fairest in three sea­sons.

Young­ster Jack Dal­bosco was sec­ond in the re­serves while his cousin Zan­der Dalb­soco was named the best for the un­der 19s.

The premier­ship win­ning cap­tain who was this year’s Fred Jensen medal­list for the Ovens and King was a run­away win­ner from Harry Jamieson.

In other net­ball grades Jes­sica King claimed the B Grade top prize ahead of last year’s A grade win­ner Emma Warnock.

The B Re­serve best and fairest went to Nat Kelly with Re­nee Say­ers run­ner up.

League best and fairest win­ners in C grade and the un­der 15s, Lily Ri­cardi and Ash­ley Farmer claimed the top gongs for their team, Farmer do­ing so for the sec­ond straight year.

Brit­tany Fitz­patrick was run­ner up in C grade for a sec­ond time while Mia Lynch was next best af­ter Farmer.

STARS: Le­shae Ho­gan and Nick Le­bish took out the top awards at Bright Foot­ball Net­ball Club’s 2018 vote count on the week­end. (In­set) Al­lyce Whin­ray was joint win­ner in A grade net­ball with Ho­gan.

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