Phelan goes back-to-back
Finley veteran Renee Phelan (nee Steward) walked away with the A grade club best and fairest at the club’s recent presentation night.
It’s the second time the midcourter has won the top award after winning last year’s count.
Phelan, who joined the Cats in 2010, finished with 30 votes, sitting in front of Savannah Wilson and Chelsea McDonald who were both joint runners-up with 20 votes each.
Other A grade awards included Chelsea Taylor winning Most Determined and Keeley Coates winning the A & B Squad Commitment Award.
Phelan played most of the season in centre and even racked up her 150th game for the club.
She said she was shocked to hear she had won.
‘‘I wasn’t there on the night so my sister Helene was keeping me updated.
‘‘I was surprised I polled as many votes as I did considering Savannah (Wilson) and Chelsea (McDonald) had such good seasons.
‘‘Last year they moved me from centre to goal defence and this season I went back to centre which was good.
‘‘Playing through the centre court I do get quite a bit of the ball and a few people have said to me I have long arms which helps get the touches.’’
The Finley A grade side narrowly missed out on the finals after playing many weeks without key players.
Reflecting back on the 2018 season Phelan said when the side was full strength they were very strong.
‘‘The highlight was definitely beating Deniliquin as they’re our biggest rival.
‘‘On that day we had a full strength side and everything just fell into place.
‘‘There were a lot of weeks we missed our stronger players like Chelsea (McDonald) and Eloise Ashley-Cooper.’’
Phelan confirmed she will be returning to Finley next season and said she’ll play in the A grade side ‘‘if they want me’’.
Upcoming star Shania Bently won the B grade best and fairest with the shooter polling 23 votes, while Phelan’s sister Helene Steward was the runner-up on 17.
Midcourter Dora Miaoudis won the Coach’s Award.
Eliza Browne won the C reserve count with a whopping 30 votes, while runner-up Elyse Price was the closest to her on 20.
Two nights before the senior presentation night, the junior presentations were held at the Finley clubrooms.
Wynta Brain was declared the Under 17s best and fairest followed by Kezley MurphyRiddell.
Jasmine Burke will have boasting rights over her sister Sienna after she won the under 13s.
Coach’s award went to Jordan Gray and Most Improved to Alyssa Denny. Finley Golf Club Wednesday October 17 - 6pm and onwards Adults $75 - Kids 11 years and over $50 First game Wednesday October 24 Get you teams together now!
(From left) Tom Loats, Miles Curtin, Ben Fox, Jake Loats, Fraser Haintz, James Curtin and Hamish Cameron all helped the Berrigan Golf and Bowls Club at its working bee over the weekend.
Finley under 13B winners (from left) Josie Coombs, Dakota Pyle recipients Daisy Daniel.
Finley under 15s Nicola Denny and Ruby Russell.
Finley thirds (back from left) Duncan Clarke, Taylor Kleinschmidt and Marcus Anderson; (front) Lachie Osborne, Luke Bramley and Ben Ashley-Cooper.
Finley under 13s Jordan Gray, Jasmine Burke, Sienna Burke and Alyssa Denny.