Jacob tops Blighty thirds vote count
Blighty Football and Netball Club held their junior presentation day recently, where thirds skipper Jacob Boyd claim the Under 17 footy best and fairest with 52 votes.
Adrian Laverty finished the count as runner-up with 42 votes.
In a year where goals were hard to come by, Jack Sides claimed the club’s leading goal kicker award with 11 majors and also received the Most Consistent accolade.
Other thirds award winners were: Most Determined - Billy Michael, Most Improved - Ronan Waters, Most Disciplined - Kane Morris, Coach’s Award - Josh Ventrella, Best First Year Player - Ryan Ventrella, Encouragement Award - Jack Michael.
Blighty co-captain Jack Charlton led by example in the fourths to win the best and fairest with an impressive 100 votes and claim the leading goal kicker with 40 majors.
Fellow co-captain Dean Macdonald finished the count as runner-up with 72 votes.
Other awards were: Most Consistent - Charlie Waters, Most Determined - Harry McIlwain, Most Improved - Jack Gavel, Most Courageous - Seth Morris, Most Disciplined - Darby Watson, Team Player - Henry Michael, Coach’s Award - Will Dudley, Best First Year Player - Will Doolan, Best at Training - Angus Bain, Best in Finals - Charlie Waters, Encouragement Award - Toby Grimwood, Captains’ Award - Harry Boyd.
Star defender Audrey James was declared the Under 17s netball best and fairest, polling an impressive 93 votes.
Runner-up Emmaline Weir finished the count with 71 votes, with the midcourter also taking out the Best in Finals award.
Quiet Achiever Award went to midcourter Mikaila Ackers while Most Improved was awarded to shooter Jasmine Ackers.
Under 15s shooter Isabella McIlwain’s strong season was capped off with a best and fairest win.
Isabella polled 72 votes to finish in front of star utility player Bridie Blake on 51 votes.
Other awards were as follows: Coach’s Award - Karla Nicholls, Most Consistent - Sarah Hanmer, Best in Finals - Eliza Bradford.
It was a tight finish in the Under 13s with captain and shooter Sophie Murray (66 votes) edging out defender Jessica Hanmer (64) to claim the top honour.
Other Under 13s awards were: Most Improved - Stevie Bateman, Most Consistent - Erica Nicholls, Best in Finals - Shae Learmonth.
Special awards presented on the day saw Isabella McIlwain claim the Junior Goal Scoring Award while the Ackers Family Rising Star Award was presented to Sophie Willis-Dudley.
Jessica Hanmer won the Deb Cochrane Memorial award which is awarded by umpires for those who show respect to players, umpires and officials as well as showing good leadership.
Fourths runner-up Dean Macdonald and best and fairest Jack Charlton.
U13s netballers (from left) Beth Laverty, Erica Nicholls, Jasmyn McKenzie, Nicola Stanworth, Stevie Bateman, Sophie Murray, Kate Westcott, Shae Learmonth and Jess Hanmer.
U15s trophy winners Sarah Hanmer, Isabella McIlwain, Eliza Bradford and Karla Nicholls.
Thirds winners (from left) Kane Morris, Adrian Laverty, Billy Michael, Jacob Boyd, Ronan Waters, Josh Ventrella, Jack Sides and Henry Michael.
Under 17s winners Jasmine Ackers, Audrey James, Mikaila Ackers and Emmaline Weir.