Steward wins in tight count
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.