Hogan, Lebish Bright’s best
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.