Horsham Saints Football Netball
THE Saints’ presentation night was on September 10. Sam Clyne took out the club’s senior best and fairest award.
Coach Shayne Breuer said he had a consistent season.
“He gets a lot of the ball in our midfield but he also applies a lot of tackling pressure for us,” he said.
“He’s one of those players that can win his own ball inside and outside, that makes him very difficult to tag.”
Runner-up was the league’s leading goalkicker Jacob Cooke-Harrison.
Breuer said Clyne and Cooke-Harrison complemented each other well.
“He was really consistent as well,” he said. “To win the goal-kicking award without being a deep forward shows how good he was.”
Goal shooter Brittany Nitschke won the count for A Grade netball best and fairest after a consistent season.
Coach Kylie Breuer said Nitschke had a really steady head for a young player.
She said Nitschke also scored well.
Captain Shannon Reinheimer was runner-up.
“She’s an explosive player who played mostly wing attack,” Kylie said. “She has great leadership skills on court and that is vital because we had a young team.”
Stawell Football Netball
STAWELL’S presentations were on September 10. Thomas Eckel was the winner of the senior best and fairest award, capping off a season that also saw him finish as the runner-up in the Toohey medal count.
It was a three-way tie between David Andrivon, Thomas Taurau and Jack Beaton for runner-up.
The winner of the A Grade netball best and fairest was Jemma Clarkson, who coach Toni Stewart said had to play a different role this season.
“After playing centre to win the Hatcher medal last year, she had to play in goals this season,” she said.
“She played well every week. She just doesn’t give up and keeps presenting for the ball, she keeps making offers and brings others into the game as well.”
Defender Lisa Fleming was runner-up.
“She had to fill a bit of a different role in our defensive circle this season,” Stewart said. “We needed more height down there.”
Horsham Demons Football Netball
THE Demons’ presentation night was on September 9. The senior football best and fairest was the side’s defensive pillar Rhona Conboy.
Coach Nick Pekin described Conboy as a versatile.
“One game we threw him up forward and he managed to kick 12 goals,” he said. “At fullback or centre-half back he’s just a well-developed player.” Pekin was runner-up in the count.
Goal shooter Emma Buwalda won the netball A Grade best and fairest award.
Coach Pauline Butler praised her ability to adapt in her first season at the club.
“It was a different plan to what she was used to,” she said.
“The way she coped with change and continued to perform under pressure as a 16-year-old was amazing.”
Runner-up was Mel Scott, who Butler described as having a good netball brain.
“Her ability to play against different attacking positions is great,” she said. “The combination of her and Georgia Hiscock only happened at the start of the season.”