Awards pile up for teams

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

Be­nalla’s foot­ball and net­ball stars shone brightly at the Ovens and King awards pre­sen­ta­tion evening on Sun­day.

To top off suc­cess­ful sea­sons on the court and pitch, the Gooram­bat net­ball A-grade team, and the Be­nalla All Blacks foot­ball A-grade side picked up a num­ber of awards.

Pan­thers stars Ri­ley Mo­ran, Al Jacka and Harry Mo­ran all earned spots in the league’s team of the sea­son.

Harry Mo­ran was also named coach of the sea­son.

Along with be­ing named coach of the sea­son, Mo­ran has also been nom­i­nated for coach of the year by the AFL North East Bor­der, which en­com­passes a num­ber of leagues in the area.

‘‘I don’t know who put me up to that,’’ Mo­ran said.

‘‘We got the in­vites to at­tend, and then the team is an­nounced on the night.

‘‘Ri­ley and Al were win­ning by a coun­try mile be­fore their in­juries . . . it means a lot to the club, to have two of the top five play­ers in the league locked down.’’

For the coach of the year award, Mo­ran is up against Evan Nicholas of Cor­ry­ong FNC, Sam Liv­ing­stone of Tal­lan­gatta FNC, and Tom McGrath, from Al­bury FNC.

Pan­thers B-grade net­ballers Jac­qui Dube and Rhi­an­non Te­ichert also picked up awards.

Dube was named the player of the year, and Te­ichert was run­ner up for the most valu­able player award.

For Gooram­bat, the net­ballers stole the show, claim­ing places in the team of the year, and the over­all MVP awards.

At­tack­ers Kylie Relf and Brit­tany But­ton were named in the team of the year af­ter a stel­lar sea­son.

But­ton also picked up the A-grade’s MVP award, af­ter tak­ing the step up to se­nior net­ball at the start of the year.

Head coach Mandy Nel­son said she was ‘‘ex­tremely’’ proud of Relf and But­ton, and said she hoped both would re­main at the club next year.

Nel­son her­self was nom­i­nated for the net­ball coach of the year award by the North East Bor­der.

‘‘I don’t know how hap­pened,’’ Nel­son said.

‘‘There’s been an­other lady nom­i­nated from Tal­lan­gatta. ‘‘I’m hon­oured and sur­prised. ‘‘It says some­thing about the club and the play­ers as well, the way they con­duct them­selves is part pf the rea­son coaches get nom­i­nated, too.’’

Nel­son is up against Ta­mara Mathews of Lav­ing­ton FNC, and Ana Avery of Tal­lan­gatta FNC for the award, which will be an­nounced next month.

In foot­ball, Gooram­bat’s Shayne McKean was named in the team of the sea­son. that Be­nalla All Blacks: NET­BALL Player of the year, B-grade: Jac­qui Dube. MVP run­ner up, B-grade: Rhi­an­non Tiechert. FOOT­BALL Ovens and King team of the year: Ri­ley Mo­ran, Harry Mo­ran, Al Jacka. Ovens and King coach of the year: Harry Mo­ran. Gooram­bat NET­BALL Ovens and King team of the year: Kylie Relf, Brit­tany But­ton. MVP, A-grade: Brit­tany But­ton. FOOT­BALL Ovens and King team of the year: Shayne McKean.

All smiles: Be­nalla All Blacks play­ers Al Jacka, Harry and Ri­ley Mo­ran were all named in the Ovens and King’s team of the year.

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