Stew­ard wins in tight count

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Re­nee Stew­ard has capped off a tremen­dous sea­son by win­ning the A grade Best and Fairest award at Fri­day night’s Fin­ley pre­sen­ta­tion night, held at Fin­ley Golf Club.

Stew­ard’s seam­less tran­si­tion from the cen­tre po­si­tion to de­fence saw her poll 35 votes to beat three time win­ner Chelsea McDon­ald by the clos­est of mar­gins, polling 34 in a tight fin­ish.

A grade Coach’s Award went to young team mem­ber Court­ney Sex­ton, awarded for her positivity, con­stant hard work on game day and at train­ing, and be­ing an as­set to her team and the club.

This year saw B grade de­fender Emma Hurl­ston take out the dou­ble with League and Club Best and Fairest polling 34 votes, with fel­low de­fender Ally Rourke tak­ing out run­ner up with 24 votes.

With such an out­stand­ingly con­sis­tent sea­son Maicie Close took out the Most Re­li­able Award and young gun Sa­van­nah Wil­son took out Player of the Fi­nals, with her con­stant hard work in the mid­court, with the high­light be­ing her out­stand­ing in­ter­cepts.

It was a draw for the C grade with noth­ing split­ting twin sis­ters Peta and Paula Gowans, both polling 30 votes.

The sea­son has been a great year for the un­stop­pable pair dom­i­nat­ing games from the mid-court and in the ring.

The Most De­ter­mined Award for C grade went to Re­nata Mor­ris, show­ing her ver­sa­til­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion all year play­ing in nearly ev­ery po­si­tion on the court this sea­son.

The C re­serve pre­mier­ship win­ning side’s count saw first year player at the Cats Brid­get Te­gart, their rock solid GK, earn equal Best and Fairest with shooting dy­namo Karen Donkin who was able to shoot from any­where in the ring all sea­son.

The win­ners polled 24 votes each with run­ner-up go­ing to an­other great de­fender in Han­nah Tay­lor with 12 votes.

The Best Team Player Award went to Lau­ren Clarke who has eas­ily tran­si­tioned from ju­nior to se­nior net­ball this sea­son and been a strong pres­ence through the mid court.

The Cats hosted their Ju­nior Pre­sen­ta­tion night on Thurs­day at the clu­b­rooms.

Un­der 15s saw an­other close count with Lily Sharp polling 39 votes to even­tu­ally run away from Sa­van­nah Wil­son on 30.

Emerg­ing de­fender Ni­cola Denny took out the Quiet Achiever team award.

All three award win­ners have also played in B grade this sea­son, show­ing the fu­ture is bright for Fin­ley.

Ruby Rus­sell capped off a stel­lar sea­son in Un­der 13s cap­tur­ing the dou­ble win­ning both the Mur­ray League and Club Best and Fairest Awards for 2017.

Rus­sell dom­i­nated in the vot­ing, polling 45 votes, with her ver­sa­til­ity to play any­where on the court a huge as­set to the club.

Is­abella Kelly has trained hard all year and her de­fen­sive pres­sure is out­stand­ing in GD earn­ing her the run­ner-up with 16 votes.

With such a great group of young ladies in this team the coach de­cided on two awards giv­ing the Sports­man­ship Award to Macken­zie Han­nan and Team Player to Abbey Mar­shall.

Un­der 12s saw mid-courter Jas­mine Burke win­ning the Best and Fairest with 30 votes.

Goal de­fender Cas­sidy Reynolds claimed run­ner-up with 24 votes while Meg Mar­shall took out the Most Im­proved Award.

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