Votes tight in junior club awards
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.