Taberner takes out top prize By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

GRACE Taberner has be­come one of the youngest play­ers to win Myrtleford’s A grade netball best and fairest.

In just her first sea­son of Ovens and Mur­ray netball the 16 year-old proved her­self a fu­ture star of the Saints and the com­pe­ti­tion.

Taberner joined Myrtleford from Bright ahead of the sea­son and quickly ce­mented her place in the club’s A grade side.

The team’s youngest mem­ber stood out on a weekly ba­sis play­ing in the heart of de­fence while of­ten lin­ing up against play­ers twice her age.

A grade coach An­ndrea Sul­li­van said Taberner was a shining light this sea­son

“For a girl that was still el­i­gi­ble to play to play un­der 16s at the start of the year Grace had an ex­cep­tion first sea­son in A grade,” she said.

“Ev­ery week she con­tin­ued to learn and de­velop, she’s still got plenty to learn but I don’t think she re­alises how good she is, the girls go­ing to be an ab­so­lute star.”

Taberner fin­ished 13 votes clear of one of the Saint’s more ex­pe­ri­enced heads in Emma Bot­ter.

In a close B grade best and fairest count 2016 run­ner-up Rhi­an­non McIl­roy edged out Eden Broz by just two votes.

Alee­sha Kennedy also went from run­ner-up a year ago to best and fairest win­ner the next, tak­ing out the top prize for C grade from Grace McKer­ral

In the un­der 16s Tara Breen was the stand­out ahead of Hannah Masin.

EF­FORT AND AT­TI­TUDE: The Char­lie Oak­ley per­pet­ual tro­phy, awarded for en­thu­si­asm and com­mit­ment to the game was pre­sented by Char­lie’s sis­ter Georgia (right) to Hannah Gray.

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