FOLLOWING a lot of training and two trial matches the best players in the Wimmera-Mallee under-15 representative team have been recognised.
AFL Wimmera-Mallee football development manager Jason Muldoon said the group had performed well.
Matthew Spalding from Ararat won the squad’s best and fairest award.
“Matt is just a very consistent footballer who can play various roles on the field which is what we look for at this stage,” Muldoon said.
“He put together two really good games and was a clear winner for best on ground.”
Swifts’ player Sam Chatfield was runner-up.
“Sam is a really good player who wins his own ball around the ground,” Muldoon said.
“It was difficult to split him and Matt, they will both do well in Gippsland later in the year.”
Horsham Saints player Gage Wright and Nhill’s Harold Pritchard also received awards.
Wright was named the squads most disciplined player.
“That one takes training into consideration a lot more,” Muldoon said.
“Gage is just a really good kid who always puts in all the time.”
Pritchard was given the encouragement award.
“Harold hasn’t played a lot of football before and is a bit of an untapped talent,” Muldoon said.
“He is a great athlete and someone that we are excited to continue working with in the future.”