Phe­lan goes back-to-back

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

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.

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