Saints’ best named
FUTURE Myrtleford hall of famer, Matt Dussin, has now added a McNamara Medal to his growing legend at the Saints.
The powerful defender turned ruckman was a runaway winner of the award with his 191 votes comfortably ahead of fellow co-captain Mitch Dalbosco (97) and Elijah Wales (71).
Amazingly, had Dussin have stopped playing after the first votes update following round five he still would have finished third with 64 votes.
Brady Sharp (62) and Hugh Wales (58) rounded out the top five.
Dussin, who thanked his teammates, coaches and the clubs helpers for the season, paid special tribute to his parents.
“I have been travelling back (from Melbourne) for seven years now and it’s like I never walked out of home. I am fed, I am looked after and they listen to me after games,” he said.
“I can’t thank them enough; they are my biggest supporters and my fairest critics.”
Dalbosco, who had a career best finish in the McNamara Medal himself, described Dussin as the best player in the competition.
“To travel back each week and give the level of commitment and performance that he does says a lot about his character, it is an honour to run out with him every week,” he added.
In the A Grade netball, Saige Broz (46 votes) held off fellow midcourt player Lou Harrington (42) despite missing a number of games for a mid-season holiday.
Broz returned to the club this year after stints playing in Melbourne and set a new bench mark for fitness and on court energy.
The B Grade netball was won by gun shooter Rebecca Piazza while Hannah Masin and Eadie Pfahlert claimed the C Grade and Under 16 top gongs.
Under 14s netball awards were also presented on the night with Lily Cuskelly, Sophie Pitts and Alex Muraca each crowned their teams MVP’s.
Other special awards were handed out to the best club people with Brendon Wood receiving the Kevin Smith perpetual award for significant contribution to game day operations, Amber Quirk the Terry Burgess senior award for being the best club person (player) and Marcus James the Peter Ivone award for the best club person (non-player).
Outgoing President, Michael Quirk, also received a standing ovation from the packed out clubrooms for his four years at the helm.
Quirk will be replaced in the role by Ian Wales.
BEST OF THE LOT: Saige Broz and Matt Dussin were crowned Myrtleford’s club champions for netball and football in front of 180 people at the Ablett Pavilion on Friday.