Votes tight in ju­nior club awards

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - WADE GLEE­SON

BOTH­WELL de­feated Cam­pa­nia by 39 points in the Oat­lands Dis­trict Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion grand fi­nal to claim its third con­sec­u­tive crown, win­ning 14.14 (98) to 9.5 (59).

Played in front of a large crowd at Oat­lands on Sun­day in per­fect foot­ball con­di­tions, the Rab­bits led early af­ter win­ning the toss with best-on­ground Tyler Ford prov­ing to be a fo­cal point, boot­ing two first-quar­ter goals.

But the Wal­la­bies man­aged to with­stand the pres­sure and started to pen­e­trate their for- THERE were some close con­tests at the New Nor­folk Ju­nior Foot­ball Club best and fairest vote count at the New Nor­folk Dis­trict Foot­ball Clu­b­rooms on Fri­day night.

The Un­der 12 boys’ count was a two-way tie, with Tyler Ben­son and Caden Don­aghy each tak­ing home the Lyn Har­ris medal on 27 votes each, while Traye Trif­fett was run­ner-up with 19 votes.

Ash­ley Har­wood was the in­au­gu­ral win­ner of the David Banks medal in the newly formed Un­der 13 girls’ team it with 21 votes. Felic­ity Bom­ford and Shi­anne Jones were both run­ners-up on 15 votes.

STJFL Beak­ley medal­list Bai­ley Wheeler took out the Peter Bir­chall Medal in the Un­der 14 boys’ com­pe­ti­tion with 33 votes. Ri­ley Black­aby was run­ner up on 27.

In the Un­der 17 girls it was an­other Beak­ley medal­list in vice­cap­tain Char­lie Lovell who took out the Cathy Adams medal with 37 votes. Run­ner up was an­other up and com­ing star in Sophie Far­row on 32.

The in­clu­sion of the Un­der 11 and Un­der 13 girls’ teams is an­other ex­am­ple of fe­male foot­ball go­ing from strength to strength. Well done to Co­lette Machin, who coached both these sides.

And con­grat­u­la­tions to long­time ju­nior foot­ball sup­porter David Banks in hav­ing the Un­der 13 girls’ best and fairest medal named in his hon­our.

NNJFC pres­i­dent and life mem­ber Chris Lovell was re­cently awarded life mem­ber­ship of the STJFL. Well done Chris, your con­tri­bu­tion has been out­stand­ing.

Thank you to all com­mit­tee mem­bers, coaches and of­fi­cials on yet an­other sea­son of ju­nior footy.

Lastly, the NNJFC sends its con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Peter Bir­chall who passed away re­cently.

Bir­chall was a for­mer trea­surer and un­tir­ing vol­un­teer of the club who was made a life mem­ber along with his wife Rhonda.

Bir­chall also had the Un­der 14 best and fairest medal named in his hon­our. He will be sadly missed. ward line late into the quar­ter with Sam Med­hurst and Matthew Trif­fett find­ing plenty of the ball.

Cam­pa­nia kicked with the wind in the sec­ond term but failed to make use of the ad­van­tage, go­ing into half­time trailing by 21 points.

Both­well kicked away in the pre­mier­ship quar­ter with Wade Cox pre­sent­ing well and Si­mon Bryant gen­er­at­ing plenty of drive.

Scott Bone and back­men James Shear­ing and Jamie Hales held down a wa­ter­tight de­fence for Both­well, re­strict­ing the Wal­la­bies to a sin­gle ma­jor in the third term.

When Ford slot­ted his fifth goal early in the fi­nal term, the re­sult was con­firmed and de­spite some late for­ward drives by Cam­pa­nia, the dam­age had been done and Both­well ran away to record a re­sound­ing vic­tory.

Ford was the lead­ing goal- scorer with five ma­jors, with Cox and Kris Cash­ion each boot­ing three.

Cam­pa­nia’s Clinton Curtain and Jay­den Smith each kicked three goals.

The re­sult tops off an out­stand­ing sea­son for Both­well with only one loss, while Cam­pa­nia is still search­ing for its first flag af­ter its fourth grand fi­nal.

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