Awards pile up for teams
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.