Taberner takes out top prize By JUSTIN JENVEY
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.