WHILE most of Monday night’s vote count focused on the individual achievements of players throughout the season, two coaches were also recognised for their contributions.
Swifts senior coach Scott Carey was named the senior coach of the year while Noradjuha-Quantong’s Matthew Treacy was the Auskick coach of the year.
It was a busy night for Carey who also took out the Dellar medal as the seniors best and fairest.
He said it was an honour to be recognised for his coaching by the Wimmera-Mallee.
“I just enjoy trying to put forth my knowledge to the young blokes that we have in our club,” he said.
“We want to try and help them improve not only as footballers but also as blokes in general.”
Carey coached his side from an eighth-placed finish in 2016 to third this season.
The Baggies were involved in the finals in 2017, winning the first elimination final against Natimuk United before being ousted by Jeparit-Rainbow in the semi-final.
Carey has enjoyed a successful season and said without his bench coaches he wouldn’t have won the award.
At the other end of the spectrum, Treacy said he enjoyed working with the young players where it all started.
“It’s always been my passion,” he said.
“I’ve only been out at Noradjuha-Quantong for three years but I’ve helped out previously at Horsham where I was for 15 years or so.”
The juniors often provide a beacon of hope at a club where senior sides regularly struggle.
“When you see a good juniors structure in place I just can’t help but want to lend a hand,” he said. “You’ve just got to keep it so there is kids continuing to come up through those junior ranks.”